Six Powerful Reasons Why Smart People Don’t Multitask At Work
We all do it – texting while walking, chatting on the phone while cooking dinner, sending emails during meetings. People even tries multitasking at work. In today’s society, doing just one thing at a time seems downright luxurious, sometimes even wasteful. When we think we are multitasking, we aren’t really doing two things at once – but instead individual actions in rapid succession.
For nearly all people, in all situations, multitasking is impossible. What you call multitasking is really task switching. Moving back and forth between several tasks is actually waste productivity. Because, your attention is expended on the act of switching and not on what actually you are doing. Plus, You never get fully “in the zone” for either activity. We are wired to be unitaskers. When people attempt to do two complex activities at a time, it is simply an illusion.
Here are some reasons you shouldn’t try multitasking
It Slows You Down
Do you think doing multiple things simultaneously allows you to work faster? Well, contrary to popular belief, multitasking doesn’t save time. In fact it will take you longer to complete two projects when you are jumping back and forth than it would to finish each one separately.
What tends to save more time is to do things in batches. Send your emails all at once and complete your project all at once. Each task requires a specific mindset. Once you get in the groove, you should stay there and finish.
It Makes You Less Effective
Even if you are getting things done with multitasking, we insist you don’t. Chances are you are not getting them done as well as you could be. Multitasking is the worst thing to try and to get things done.
We know you agree on this that we do our best when we concentrate on one task at a time. When we multitask, it seems like the task doesn’t deserve our complete attention.It is insulting to the work and also to the person who assigned it. Do you really wish to take each task this granted?
Your Memory May Suffer
It makes sense, if you try to do two things at a time, for example – reading an email while attending a meeting, you are going to miss important details on one or both. But even interrupting one task to suddenly focus on another can be enough to disrupt short term memory.
It is harder to focus on multiple things simultaneously.
It Can Slow Down Your Brain
If your brain is managing several tasks at once, it may affect the way you work. In this case the brain cannot manage to function correctly even when you attempt to complete a single task. It cannot focus.
The brains of people who multitask work less efficiently even when they are not multitasking. To fight the urge to multitask – try maximizing your computer windows to hide distractions, turn off email pop ups and use the do not disturb mode on your phone.
It’s Dampening Your Creativity
We know what you are thinking. Multitasking? Unitasking? Who cares? It is all about semantics right? Wrong. Trying more than one thing at a time seriously compromises our ability to complete the tasks well.
Equally important, repeatedly switching back and forth from project to project, can impair our ability to function at our finest. Remember this, when next time you are tackling two tough tasks simultaneously.
It Makes you Less Productive
Shifting between tasks can cost you forty percent of your productive time. You may feel like you are getting things done, but you probably aren’t. You are getting it done in a different way – and probably not the best one.
Paying your complete attention to one task will make you more efficient. Instead of bouncing around from one thing to another, finish what you are doing first. Time management isn’t about doing more things; it is about doing more of the important things.