This is Your Brain on Multitasking
22 Jun

This is Your Brain on Multitasking

We’re all guilty of it.  Texting while walking, emailing while in a meeting, cooking dinner while chatting on the phone. Multitasking has become mainstream and we live in a world of constant distractions.  But just because it’s a buzz word doesn’t mean it’s good for us. Recent research, such as this video from CNN, has found that multitasking can decrease the quality of work being done and slows us down.  

Truth is, our brains on multitasking aren’t as good as we may think they are. You’re not doing yourself, your boss or family any favors multitasking your way through each day. Although we may feel like we’re getting more done, we’re actually getting less done in the multitasking vortex.  Our brains cannot effectively or efficiently switch gears between tasks and can take four times longer to recognize new things.  Overall, you’re not saving time, but multitasking is the reason time is lost.  In fact, multitasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40%!

Don’t Let Multitasking Zap Your Productivity

All of that switching from one thing to another is exhausting for our brains.  It uses up oxygenated glucose in the brain which runs down the fuel we need to focus on a task. Every single time we get distracted or switch back and forth between tasks, our brains must refocus.  Our brains were designed to focus on one thing at a time.  They weren’t built to multitask and bombarding them with information just slows them down.  

TIME found that just 2.5% of people are able to multitask effectively.  Leaving the rest of us attempting to do two complex activities at the same time as just an illusion. Multitasking hinders our ability to perform even the simplest of tasks which can have a negative impact on:

  • Learning
  • Attentiveness
  • Mindfulness
  • Decision-making
  • Health

Distractions happen and getting out of the habit of multitasking is easier said than done. But the longer you practice focusing on one thing at a time, the more you will increase productivity and improve results in all areas of your life.  

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