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Formula for Multi-Tasking: A Personal Perspective

“Success usually comes to those, who are too busy to be looking for it.”

A very well drafted thought by Henry David Thoreau and well adapted by Dr. Jagdish himself. He believes that every minute of your time is valuable and if you are able to utilize it in the right direction, it can take you to heights unimaginable. To enable you to grasp the true meaning behind multi-tasking, Dr. Jagdish gives his own formulas from his life to ponder on.

  • He works with teams for all professional activities

He has a team that manages his ENT work, a team for his events and performances, a PR team and legal team for communications, an editing team for books/writing work and a start-up company for every product he is involved in, as a co-inventor.

Each team member has a professional & commercial engagement bound by contract/agreement. They benefit exponentially from his progress.

  • He focuses on execution of core skill only

Apart from patient care, performing surgeries, providing content for books and performing comedy, spending time in ideation of new products testing/validation and training of products is much more of a focal point while the rest is outsourced to respective teams (logistics, travel arrangements, documentation, beaurocratic time-consuming activities).

  • He triages effort based on requirement

To multitask, it’s not possible to give a 100% to everything. So, he focuses on smaller areas of expertise to deliver the best.

He therefore, triages effort accordingly. 1st priority is patient care and surgeries. But he cannot give 100% to all procedures in ENT. So, he specializes and focuses on providing 100% quality and care for a smaller area of expertise that he is most passionate about and have the most experience/training in, which is nose, sinus and eustachian tube procedures (minimally-Invasive). He ensures there is 100% quality, effort and accuracy for providing care in this area while logistics and co-ordination are borne by teams.

2nd priority is inventing affordable medical devices but he cannot give his 100% to all aspects of the invention process. So, he focuses on giving 100% to only clinical aspects of needs’ identification, validation, ideation, testing and training aspects of the inventions. The rest is shared with the teams.

For comedy & book writing, he doesn’t spend a lot of time, so he targets 70% efficiency which is quick execution and satisfactory quality. He is not able to give this a 100% as it will impact the 1st two in priority which he cannot compromise on. But he is satisfied with the 70% effort as it takes lesser time when managed by good teams.

  • He doesn’t compromise on family time

He ensures to communicate with family about everything he does. He maintains transparency and ensures that he spends a good amount of the day and a few good exclusive holidays every few months to de-stress with them.

  • Strictly no favours

He always tries to keep professional and commercial engagements with clear understanding of activities, timelines and outcomes.

He doesn’t entertain vague efforts with no clear direction with the hope to find opportunities later. He does this only when potential opportunity is worthwhile, otherwise he avoids such engagements.

  • Keep adequate Me-Time

Working with teams effectively helps him get family time and also enough Me-Time. Thanks to traffic and frequent air travel and resulting intestinal troubles, he spends a lot of time on the road, air and in restrooms. This gives him time to think, reflect, introspect and mitigate road blocks. Also, this gives him time to watch some comedy, movies or read an interesting article.

  • He re-invests whatever he earns

He believes in pushing his efforts independently, so that he can drive decisions quickly and carry out his ideas without much hindrance. He therefore, has no to very little savings and invests whatever is earned in his ideas or existing projects.

  • He prioritises time over money

Probably the most important thing that he does. He tries to execute whatever is possible in the quickest time possible while maintaining the required quality. He does this at an expense of spending more money and hiring more resources. Though this may not be cost-effective, this is certainly time-effective and helps in disruption and impact.

  • He maintains flexibility

The team work approach allows flexibility at times of varying workload. Sometimes, there are too many surgeries and comedy show, and sometimes a lot of innovation related work. Managing teams and calendar to help manage these fluctuations has helped me prevent burnout and being over worked.

  • He allows room for mistakes and seeks benefit in them

For clinical and innovation related work, he spends a lot of time ensuring no mistakes are made and quality is at its maximum. But for comedy, writing and low priority activities where he targets 70% efficiency, he is liberal with mistakes and uses them as a tool to monitor engagements and learn from experiences. It helps to keep him grounded and reduces burden on non-purposeful activities.

Pros of this approach –

  • Effective outcomes.
  • More impact.
  • Great personal and professional growth. Good scalability.
  • Satisfactory peace of mind and strong self-esteem/confidence.
  • Lots of content for comedy and books.

Cons of this approach –

  • Low or no financial liquidity and savings.
  • Unable to engage in pro-bono activities as it negatively impacts teams and other stakeholders.
  • Impulsive mistakes and getting into troubles. (Example – Had to take a loan to pay my taxes last year due to poor financial management)
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