Why Multitasking Isn’t Your Most Productive Strategy
It’s incredibly difficult to avoid multitasking. Even young kids get caught in the habit. There always seems to be too much to do and too little time to do it. Ironing while watching TV or talking to our kids or partners saves us a lot of time – or so it seems.
After observing how common multitasking really is, several researchers sought to find out if multitasking is really as terrible as classical psychology says it is. Participants were asked to perform three tasks at the same time to measure productivity. The study found that although the participants were all able to complete the three tasks, they performed terribly on all of them. The researchers were unable to find even one task in which multitaskers performed better than those who didn’t multitask. According to the study, multitasking makes you overall less productive than when you focus on a single activity at a time.
Why multitasking make you less productive
Here are just a few reasons why multitasking hampers productivity:
- Although the brain can perform multiple tasks, it can only focus on one thing at a time. In other words, when we perform several tasks at the same time, we’re likely to perform them worse than if we focus on one activity at a time.
- Multitasking keeps you distracted.
- Multitasking reduces your ability to remember.
- Multitaskers are worse at switching between tasks.
How to recover from multitasking
Multitasking is linked to time management skills. With that in mind, here are five ways you can end your multitasking ways and boost productivity:
1 | Think of your time as an investment
Lack of time seems to be a problem we all struggle with, yet there are many people with impossible schedules who seem to manage to get more done.