It’s easy to get into the habit of multitasking. But are you getting more done? Are you really being more productive?

The experts say no. According to Psychology Today, multitasking reduces productivity by as much as 40%.

While it may seem like you are doing two things at once, multitasking is essentially task switching—asking the brain to quickly switch from one unfinished task to another while leaving one or both without singular focus.

A Stanford University study by Clifford Nass found that frequent multitaskers performing higher cognitive tasks were mentally less organized. He also found that over time multitaskers struggled at switching from one task to another and differentiating relevant from irrelevant details—affecting how long it took them to complete a task. Not only is that inefficient, but it can also be exhausting.

There are several strategies you can use to get more things done effectively, be responsive to clients, and not fall into the trap of multitasking:

Block Off Time and Prioritize

Start your day by creating a list of what you can realistically get done and schedule those activities accordingly. Give yourself room to return phone calls and for unscheduled appointments. Having the available time will cut down on the stress from unexpected interruptions. When needed, delegate tasks and responsibilities so that your goals are realistic and achievable.

Take a Break

Working nonstop can lead to burnout. Give yourself a chance to catch up and refocus. Take a quiet moment to yourself, enjoy lunch away from your computer, or go on a short walk. A brief break can be energizing and make you more productive for the next activity on your list.

Set Deadlines

Setting an ending point gives your mind expectations and a conclusion. That way, you are not thinking about the previous project when starting a new one—a lingering effect referred to as attentional residue. The closure will allow you to focus your mental energy on the task at hand.

Reduce Distractions

While technology is helpful, it can also divert your attention. Put email alerts, social media apps, and your phone on silent to remove the temptation to check them in the middle of a meeting or project.

By organizing your day to minimize multitasking, you allow yourself to be fully present and more productive.