There is a lot to say about multi-tasking. Some folks claim that multi-tasking doesn’t work
, and that you’re better off doing one task at a time with a full amount of focus, and then move on to the next task. Others claim that all it takes is a little practice
and you’ll be a multi-tasking master. Whatever side of the fence you stand on, one thing is for sure; most of us have to do some multi-tasking during our regular workday. We don’t have a choice. There is simply too much to get done to only focus on one thing at a time. This is especially true in the frantic freight industry. Multi-tasking is an absolute must in shipping, so I got some advice from my fellow FreightPros and asked for some tips and tricks they use to keep their desks (and brains) in order when the summer is hot and the shipments are hotter. “I sticky note hot shipments or tasks to keep in mind,” says Account Manager Maya Brown
. “That way, if I’m on hold with a carrier, I have other things to work on while I wait.” Sheridan Phillips, another Account Manager, had only this to say when questioned about her multi-tasking habits: “STICKY NOTES!” Uber vs Lyft: What’s the Difference?
As you can see, the FreightPros are fans of sticky notes. Take a quick look around our office and you’ll find them tacked up and down cubicle walls in different shades of blues, pinks, and yellows. But this is 2014 (Technology!), and traditional sticky notes are not the only things we use to keep things straight. “Having two screens is a huge help,” answers Andy Bond from our truckload team
. “Now, I want three.” Using a dual-screen system is a perfect tool for multi-tasking as it allows you to handle both internal and external issues simultaneously. Coordination is major part of our team here at FreightPros, so while we’re getting your freight tracking
handled on one screen (internal), we’re also acting like a good third party freight broker
and scheduling multiple pickups on the other screen (external). Regardless of what you’re doing (freight, student, parent, etc.) you’re probably going to have multi-task to get it all done. You can write to-do-lists
. You can utilize Google Plus Hangouts
. The options are endless. But perhaps our Account Manager Sam puts it best: “It’s a mindset,” he says. “It’s something that can be taught and learned. What helps is asking yourself what you can do while doing what you’re doing now.” You might have to read that last quote twice, but that’s the nature of multi-tasking.