Closed September 2017

Clutter Video Tip: Saving Time with Multitasking Shortcuts: DUOtasking!

Are you an efficient multitasker? Quick- pat your head with your right hand and rub your belly with your left. Sometimes multitasking can be really hard and figuring out how to multitask can be even harder. Have you ever considered saving time by DUOtasking? Don’t know what that is? Well, you are in the right place. In this video I explain how to save time by duotasking. Following these time-saving shortcuts will make your day more efficient and productive and will help you achieve effective time management and organization. You may quit rubbing your head and patting your belly now. 😉

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about what I call “duotasking.” Now, we’ve all heard of multitasking, and we’ve probably also heard that multitasking doesn’t work, and that’s true. Many studies have shown that when we ask our brain to process two things at the same time, we are actually less effective at both of those tasks. So when you’re trying to read your e-mail and carry on a coherent conversation with someone on the phone at the same time, that is not going to work. But this word that I made up, duotasking, is something that does work.

So here’s my definition of duotasking. Elegant pairs of tasks that can be done simultaneously with no negative effects. So you might set one task in motion to operate independently from the other, or the task might require very little thought or attention. So an example would be walking on your treadmill while you work on a laptop. And I just made a video about that, that you can see. Also you might be driving while you’re listening to some audio content like audio books or pod casts or recorded teleclasses. You can also clean while you’re talking on the phone. That’s why I’m wearing my headset right now. A headset is a very important productivity tool. You can do lots of things while you talk on the phone – straighten up your house or whatever. And you also can use a crock pot to cook your dinner while you are working all day. Now, what do all of those things have in common? Planning. This is why Brian Tracy always says that every minute spent in planning saves you 10. That is an amazing return on your investment of time. So when you plan ahead and you download your audio content to bring with you in the car, you think ahead to get the right thing put in the crock pot before you leave the house, all of those things, those duotasks, can save you lots of time and make you much more efficient.

So I have a great duotasking opportunity for you. Every month we have a free teleclass for everybody that is about various lifestyle topics such as interior design or money or happiness. And these are all friends of mine who are out there in the expert author/speaker world, and I am delighted to share their content with you. We have registration for that all the time – you can see the next class always at (Update August, 2016: This link is no longer active, please contact us at for updated information.)

And also you can access the archives of all of those recordings in our Member area. Now, anybody can be a member of our program free for two weeks. So you can get in there and access that audio page and see all of those recordings and everything else we have to offer, including help directly from our expert team of organizers. You can find out more about that at

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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