I jump from task to task and often don’t complete what I start.” — Does this sound like you?
Hopping is the most common of all organizational styles.

People hop for a variety of reasons:

1. They’re easily distracted.

2. They enjoy change of pace.

3. They desire immediate gratification.

4. They’re trying to multi-task in order to get everything done.

Sometimes you may find yourself hopping even if you wouldn’t ordinarily call yourself a Hopper. Maybe you’re:

– bored

– frustrated

– anxious

– too open to interruptions

Whatever the reason, Hopping can work for you or against you. When Hopping works against you, you tend to leave important tasks unfinished, feel confused, lose track of valuable time or items, or find that people have difficulty working with you. When the style works for you, you can accomplish more while feeling more in control, make good use of your changing energy levels during the day, and stay alert and motivated by moving from one activity to another.

Knowing where you’re going to land next and planning your leaps and jumps to get there is all that separates the successful Hopper from the unsuccessful one. Hopping works well only when you are comfortable and can see the big picture. If you begin to feel like a hamster on an exercise wheel, running faster and faster but not getting anywhere, remind yourself to:

1. Slow down for a minute.

2. Eliminate as many distractions and interruptions as possible. Close your door and turn off the phone.

3. Create more structure in your day by selecting a few high-priority tasks to do when you’re experiencing your highest level of energy.

4. Concentrate your efforts for whatever time period you can manage. Break projects down into mini-goals and move ahead one step at a time.

5. Use a timer to remind yourself to keep on schedule.

6. Try to deal with frustration, anxiety or boredom in a positive, productive manner.

7. Take time to relax and reward yourself along the way.