SAVING TIME WITH MULTITASKING
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Saving Time with Multitasking
Most people think that they are saving time with multitasking however this is simply not true. In fact, we are wasting time by trying to multitask and are putting ourselves under extra undue pressure and stress.
Are you a multitasker?
Many of us profess to be excellent multitaskers. Most of us can watch tv, cook dinner, and text all at the same time. However, these tasks do not require much brain power. Unfortunately, our brains just aren’t equipped for multitasking tasks that do require brainpower. Our short-term memories can only store between five and nine things at once.
What is Multitasking?
According to the American Psychological Association, “multitasking takes place when someone tries to perform two tasks simultaneously, switch from one task to another, or perform two or more tasks in rapid succession.” Multitasking may seem efficient on the surface, but may take more time in the long run causing more errors in our work. A more accurate way to describe multitasking is called, “task switching.” The more complex the individual tasks are the more time is wasted switching between them and the more errors can occur.
Is Multitasking Good for You?
Multitasking actually hinders your production by causing your mind to have to refocus each switch. Every switch requires the brain to re-orient or re-familiarize itself with the task at hand and that takes up a lot of time that could be spent working. Multitasking also causes us to be less aware that we’re sacrificing quality because we spend so much time toggling that we’re less able to monitor ourselves. Multitasking even hinders imagination. Thoughts and creativity come from links between memories. When we are using time and brainpower to constantly switch back and forth between two tasks it doesn’t allow one thought to lead to another.
What to do?
Try making a list and prioritize your task in order of importance. Cut the phone off when you are eating dinner or trying to sleep. Shut your office door when you need to meet a deadline. Minimize your office socialization when it comes to meeting a deadline. Remove whatever your temptation is that will cause you to divert your attention from the priority at hand.