We’re all being pushed to do more and more, productivity is one of the key elements many businesses are looking at improving, with everyone driving themselves mad trying to do more things at one than is humanly possible. You might call this multitasking but the truth is, it’s a myth that multitasking is effective. If anything, multitasking is costing you big time. By some studies, multitasking is showing a decrease in productivity by 50% or more.
Multitasking Make You Lose IQ Points
Whenever you try to do more than one thing at a time it actually makes you perform at a capacity similar to being drunk. Whatever you are doing, business, sport or parenting you get about as much from it, as you put into it. So, if you focus and give 100 percent, you’ll get 100 percent back. Just like those old samurai films which mention how they used to give 100 percent to everything that did, this is how you need to be.
Multitasking Restricts your Creativity
When you can let go of the noise around you, you can also become much more creative. It’s very hard to get into a flow if your phone is ringing, you’re constantly checking and answering emails, or the beeps and the dings of social media are interrupting your train of thought. You not only need time to truly focus on a project, but you also need time to focus elsewhere between projects to kind of clear your brain of the noise a bit, before moving on to the next thing you have to do.
Multitasking Is Dangerous
Not only is multitasking dangerous for your health in that it can make you stressed and even ill, but it’s also dangerous to your safety. If you are driving and talking on the phone, you are putting yourself in grave danger that’s why it’s illegal. You would not get behind a wheel drunk, so don’t get behind it and do anything but drive. Likewise when it comes to doing anything, focus on the task at hand and you’ll be less stressed, which will translate into being healthier.
Your Brain Isn’t Designed to Work that Way
No matter how you want it to work, no one’s brain can really focus on more than one thing at a time. Yes, of course you can talk and walk at the same time, but texting and talking is not something you should do. Writing a letter, spending time with your kids, focusing on data entry, making sales calls… all should be done one thing at a time. If you learn to make your to-do list with this in mind, you’ll get more done faster and your work quality will go through the roof.
You Need 15 Minutes to Adjust to a New Task
A Microsoft study showed that when you’re interrupted by something like an email message, a beep from a phone, or by someone physically interrupting you, it can take 15 minutes to get back on task, meaning to get back into the flow where you’re doing the task at the highest level that you can do it. It’s important to keep this in mind as you plan your day if you want to perform at your highest capability.
Don’t fall for the popular misconception that multitasking is an ability that you should strive for. It’s just not a good idea for anyone to multitask, it’s bad for your brain, it’s bad for your health, the work your produce isn’t as good as it could be, and it just isn’t really possible to do.