I was always told that multitasking is a good thing but I have found out that it’s not. Multitasking isn’t a strength…it’s a weakness.
Reasons why multitasking isn’t a strength…it’s a weakness.
1. Multitasking Doesn’t Save Time. It actually slows you down.
Contrary to popular belief, multitasking doesn’t save time. In fact, it will probably take you longer to finish two projects when you’re jumping back and forth than it would to finish each one separately.
According to research summarized by the American Psychological Association, shifting between tasks can cost you up to 40 percent of 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.
2. Causes More Mistakes.
Multitasking can also cause you to make more mistakes in whatever you’re working on. Especially if one or more of your activities involves a lot of critical thinking.
Switching back and forth between tasks can also cause a tremendous loss in productivity.
If you’re prone to multitasking, this is not a habit you’ll want to keep doing. It clearly slows you down and decreases the quality of your work.
Even if it doesn’t cause brain damage, (let’s hope not) allowing yourself to multitask will only add to any existing difficulties you have with focus, organization, and attention to detail.
3. Can Create More Stress.
Not only does it create more stress physically by increasing your heart rate, but it also creates inefficiency. When you aren’t efficient in what you are doing you are putting yourself in more stress.
Multitasking is a sort of frequent interruption on your work which starts building stress that would ultimately start showing on your physical as well as your mental health.
Bottom line is, rather than being a good multitasker, I think it would be far more beneficial to be good at prioritizing and staying focused on one thing at a time.
“Top performers stick with focus rather than multitasking”
~ Maxwell Maltz~
Meditation and mindfulness teach us that being focused and present on the task at hand is the key to being more productive.
Leave your comments below as to why you think multitasking is a strength or weakness.
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