How Multitasking Impacts Productivity (Multitasking Facts)
Being a so-called multitasker can seem like the best option if you have a lot going on at once. At the time, it may feel like you're achieving a lot but in reality, you're wasting time and not using your mind to its full potential. Multitasking is all about speeding things up and making time management easier right?
So why is it that multitasking makes us less productive? Whilst you think you're working on multiple tasks at once, in fact, you're just moving your attention from one thing to another and this can be taxing on the mind and body. It's like typing an email whilst sitting on the phone to someone or walking down the street whilst texting. Multitasking leads to being less focused, becoming more distracted and causing you to have mental blocks throughout the day.
5 reasons multitasking is not the best option for productivity.
So we have figured out that multitasking does not make you any more productive, but what else?
Multitasking produces stress.
Focusing on multiple things a once can be stressful. By setting targets for ourselves to complete multiple tasks we set ourselves back and could even hinder our work output. The result of this has led researchers to find that many youngsters have developed high blood pressure in their mid 20's due to the amount of stress multitasking plays in their daily lives.
So multitasking does not only just make you less productive but can cause stress and increase your blood pressure.
Multitasking Lowers IQ.
The University of Sussex discovered in the UK that many multitaskers, who were tested, proved to have a lower IQ score when attempting cognitive tasks. They even compared their IQ scores to people who stayed up late or had use of marijuana. Surprisingly, the scores where the same when compared and they found that there was a 15 point drop. Interestingly, men who were tested ranked an average score of an 8-year-old child.
The University of Sussex also found that multitaskers had also diminished brain density in the anterior cingulate cortex, which is responsible for empathy and emotional control.
Multitasking consumes your energy.
As you know by now multitasking doesn't save you time or energy switching between two or more tasks at once and has proved that this can reduce productivity by 40%. The Human mind was not designed to switch from one task to another. Even though you may find it easy to make this switch, it's still not possible to put your full attention on that particular task straight away. It takes your mind time and energy to re-group and re-focus.
Research has proven that people become slower, over time, when they multitask. However, productivity is improved when you repeat the same task, this is because you don't have to switch your focus onto a new task as your mind has already worked on this assignment before.
Multitasking lowers work output.
Work and productivity suffer when you multitask. The National Bureau of Economic Research completed a study that revealed that multitasking, decreases worker performance, makes assignments longer and keeps you behind on your job responsibilities.
Whilst you think you're being productive and saving time you're doing the opposite. Don't make yourself look bad, we aren't octopus' that have 8 arms who can take on the world.
Multitasking makes it harder to think.
I know, you're probably thinking, 'I can speak on the phone to a family member whilst doing the ironing!' but what happens when you're at work and you're faced with a challenge that requires problem-solving skills? Would you multitask then? Well, I hope not.
By switching between tasks, you're making your life harder! You're losing out on crucial concentration and focus to help you with that particular problem. In life, somethings just require your full attention, dedication and time to complete, don't disrupt this by multitasking!
To be productive in life, multitasking is not the route you want to be taking. It's essential to focus on one thing at a time. Get your priorities in order and learn to say “NO” to the things that you don't have the time to complete.
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