We all want to be more productive. Today most of us are so busy we have adopted the productivity method known as multitasking. But is multitasking really good for us? Are we really getting more done?
To understand the problems associated with multitasking, I did some research and combed through some very interesting articles. The list below contains conclusions of scientific studies, research findings and opinions of experts regarding multitasking. Unlike regular blog posts on this site, my opinion is absent. Sources are listed below the article.
Top 10 reasons you should stop multitasking now:
- Multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time.
- Multitaskers are more prone to errors and have decreased productivity levels.
- Multitaskers are worse at filtering irrelevant information and significantly worse at switching between tasks, compared to single-taskers.
- Chronic multitaskers make more mistakes, remember fewer things, and take longer to complete tasks than infrequent multitaskers.
- Multitasking is less efficient, due to the need to switch gears for each new task, and the need to switch back again.
- Multitasking decreases productivity by as much as 40%.
- Multitaskers who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one task to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.
- Multi-tasking is more complicated, and thus more prone to stress and errors.
- Multitasking causes us to lose focus and momentum and forces our mind to play “catch-up” over and over.
- Many researchers believe the human brain can’t really perform two or more tasks simultaneously, as the word multitask implies. Even the simplest forms of multitasking can lead to glitches in the moment-to-moment processing of information known as working memory.