Multitasking drains productivity

30 Mar 2018 7:36 AM | John Heap (Administrator)

Being able to do two things at once might seem like the epitome of efficiency - why waste time doing just one task when you can complete two simultaneously?


However, famously there is a belief (myth?) that women can mulitask but men cannot - hampered by having a 'one track mind'.


In the real world, rather than the world of gender politics, multitasking seems to be unfruitful, since in practice the work style is not multitasking but micro-sequencing of two parallel tasks.  The problem is that the brain switches so often between the two tasks and focus is lost on each switch and there is a delay each time the switch occurs.


So, stick to one task, focus and concentrate, complete it - and then move on to the next task. You will be more productive.


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