In a world fast paced as ours, multitasking is what a lot of us do. From playing music or making calls while walking the street to checking your social media accounts in between conversations with family, friends and loved ones. I could go on and on. It has become habits for some of us that we do not even observe when we run off multitasking.
I hate to accept it, but I multitasked through writing this piece, even when I know that it is not ideal. But, as I intend to always remind myself of why I shouldn’t multitask, I thought to share with you too.
- Multitasking Makes You Less Productive: We all lie to ourselves that we do more when we multitask. But that is a big fat lie. We reduce our productivity. A research summarised by the American Psychological Association reveals that shifting between tasks can cost you up to 40 per cent of the productive time. So, the next time you feel fly about being great at multitasking remind yourself that each attempt multitasking makes you 40 per cent less productive. If you are like me stuck with this habit, you better sit up.
- Multitasking Makes You Less Effective: Your productivity isn’t the only thing suffering. You get less effective. You may feel that you are getting things done when you are multitasking, but how effective is what you have accomplished. A study conducted by the University of Utah found out that talking on a hands-free phone while driving can cause impairment similar to driving with .08 blood-alcohol level. We get more done when we focus on a task at a time.
- Multitasking Slows You Down: Most times we multitask in hopes of meeting deadlines and doing more in less time. How ironic, considering that multitasking slows you down. You’d take more time completing tasks when you jump back and forth. But, those tasks can be accomplished when you do them one at a time. Do tasks in batches and do tasks that are related one after the other. If you want to cook, do that and not try taking calls or chatting in between. Drop your phone and have a meal, don’t reply the chats in between conversations with your loved ones.
- Multitasking Slows Down Your Brain: Stamford Researchers in a study found out that the brains of people who multitask work less efficiently, even when they are not multitasking. Need I say more? Multitasking damages your memory and could affect you even when you are trying to complete a single task.
- Multitasking Causes Stress: Research points to the fact that people who multitask have higher heart rates. Asides from the physical stress, there are other consequences. Imagine you multitasked, only to realise that the efforts have yielded no results. This can cause you to feel inadequate and not good enough; which can further lead to esteem issues or depression.
No one has it put together, the pressure to produce results is real and the distraction from our mobile devices. So, find the trigger and turn it off. Always find time to relax. Create time for connection with family and loved ones. You can make the call before you sit to drive.
I just hope that I myself got this memo, cause I do need this more than a lot of you could imagine.