We always think that being able to multitask is a real achievement. Women even joke about how men are rubbish at it. Funny thing is, perhaps men are on to something. You see, multitasking is actually a bit of a waste of time – literally.
Multitasking isn’t really doing several things at once – it’s just switching between tasks quickly. Our brains won’t let us do more than one thing at a time efficiently, apart from automatic things like breathing and blinking! And, when you are task-switching, your productivity level actually drops, by up to as much as 40%! It’s just not possible to concentrate properly on two or more things at once, so when you switch from one thing to another – say, reading and watching TV at the same time – you actually won’t be paying proper attention to either.
Multitasking is not good for our brains or our creativity. To be truly productive, we need to be mindful, and we can’t practice mindfulness if we are trying to do all the things.
Instead of multitasking, try batching; pick one task and do all that you need to for that one thing, before moving on to the next task. Answer all your emails in one go half way through the day, instead of in dribs and drabs; pay all your bills in one go; if you’re working on a project, minimise distractions and properly focus.
You can do all the things, but not all at the same time!
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