5 Reasons Not to Multitask4 min read
Here are some good reasons why you should start single-tasking immediately and stop multitasking.
We all do it: texting while walking, sending emails during meetings, chatting on the phone while cooking dinner. Don’t blame yourself. It’s been subconsciously downloaded it and wired into our brain that multitasking is good. Multitasking is so smart, capable people the “go-getter”. Multitasking is effective, save time, and increases productivity, right? Wrong.
Why do so many people still insist on doing 10 things at once as a mean for increasing productivity? You may have heard that multitasking is bad for you, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain.
1. Multitasking makes you less productive
Accord according to a research shifting between tasks and costs you up to 40% of the productive time. You may feel like you’re getting more done but you probably aren’t. You’re just getting it done in a different way – and probably not the best one.
“Paying attention to each task you do will make you more effective”, and a productive witty expert. “Instead of bouncing around from one thing to another finish what you are doing first”.
“When you are trying to listen to your Voicemail while reading your email or reading other material during meetings, multitasking is working against you.” Instead, identify the priorities, the tasks – the important things you need to work on- and work on them one at a time. Time management is it about doing more things; it’s about doing more of the important things.”
2. Multitasking can slow down your brain
If your brain is trying to manage several things at once, it may affect the way you work even when you are attempting to complete a single task. A study shows brain of people who multitask work less effectively when they are not multitasking.
In fact, it probably takes you longer to finish two or three projects when you’re jumping back and forth than it would finish each one separately. Each task requires a specific mindset, and once you get in a groove you should stay there and finish. In addition to slowing you down, multitasking lowers your IQ.
3. More tasks = more mistakes
This is a logical consequence of the lack of focus characteristics of multitasking. When doing several things at once your mind is divided between them so it’s only natural that your mistakes will multiply. Multi-taskers are terrible at filtering out an irrelevant information. That means that there is sure to be some mental cross firing and overlap between tasks.
Experts estimate that switching between tasks can cause a 40% loss in productivity. It calls error into whatever you’re working on, especially if one or more of your activities involved a lot of critical thinking.
A study found that the human brain can handle two complicated task without too much trouble because it has two lobes that can divide responsibility equally between the two. Add a third task however it can overwhelm the frontal cortex and increase the number of mistakes you make.
4. Multitasking makes you miss out of life
Forget seeing the nature of the trees or the glass half full – people who are busy doing two things at once don’t even see obvious thing right in front of them. Adding to its already abysmal record, multitasking makes it impossible to remain present. In addition, the harm that multitasking causes to your brain, it is quite possible that multitasking is hurting your relationship as well.
Present – mindedness is not something that is practiced often in our society. Even before the advent of phones and other electronic devices, people were- still preoccupied with work and meetings the demand of the schedule. Do not (consciously) look at, listen to, touch, smell, or taste (eat) while interacting with someone. The basis of this is practice to give full attention to a person or task.
5. Multitasking makes you Dumber
It makes sense that if you are trying to do two things at once- read a book and watch television, for example, that you are going to miss important details on either one or both. But even interrupting one task to suddenly focus on another can be enough to disrupt short-term memory. As the brain ages, researchers say, it has a harder time getting back on track after even a brief detour. In a study conducted researchers say that excessive use of Technology decreases your intelligence. Researchers equated the drop in mental sharpness as a result of Technology overload to losing a full Night’s sleep.
Devoting your attention to too many tasks at once, you will never have working memory left to up come with ideas and concepts that are truly creative. Yes, you will get your assignment done at an average rate and scope but greatness will be beyond your reach. When you distractedly attempt to complete a small task while also trying to complete a large one, you’ll soon see how they actually it up more of your time rather than saving it. The mind has to reset to each task following the shift, and also we are unable to maintain flow states.