I have decided that I'm a terrible multi-tasker, at the end of the day I have a bunch of unfinished emails, terminals and text files.
Mono-tasking is not for me, if I have to wait 5 seconds for something I get distracted. So I'm resolving to work on only a main task plus an optional secondary task at once until completion, with the added restriction that the secondary task has to be either reading or listening. This way I can finish a book or listen to podcasts when I need to wait for something.
The problems I foresee are that I will get interrupted, both by internal thoughts and by external means. Internal I can catch pretty well by writing down things in my inbox, external I'm not so sure how to handle.
Any tips and tricks that would help my endeavor?
UPDATE: After doing this for a few days, I find that I'm less easily distracted. I think it's because focusing on "finish one task, do two tasks at most" helps me get rid of tasks 3, 4, 5 and 6 :-). I'll update again in a while to see how I'm doing.