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The Myth
Think that your super human
ability to juggle several tasks
at once is making you more
productive? Cyntha Gonzalez,
Human Relations Coach in
Knowledge Village, Dubai
points out that multi-tasking is
juggling several tasks at a time
or termed task-switching since
multi-tasking in any precise
moment is impossible. “Given
women’s ability to handle
childcare, household tasks,
the family social life and work
a job, women are reputed for
being better at task-switching,”
she says. “In fact, a study
reported in Science magazine
reports women outshone men
on the planning and strategy
component of multitasking.”
WhyWomen Shine
Women, tells Gonzalez, are
good at multi-tasking as they
are primal caregivers, wanting
to take care of everything for
the survival of the species.
“Also women often imbue
the tendency of being people
pleasers and rescuers which
leads to feeling pressured to
multi-task,” she says.
It takes longer to finish
two tasks when going
back and forth than when
done separately according
to a 2008 University of
Utah study.
Switching between tasks
leads to mistakes and may
cause forty percent loss
of productivity according
to the American
Psychological Association.
Higher stress comes with
being on high alert in
juggling so many tasks.
The consequences of
multitasking, for example,
the mistakes that come
with this, may be stress-
It can cause overeating
given that when one eats
and engages in another
task, it leads to not
listening to the cues that
one’s tummy is full.
It dampens creativity.
The spontaneity and
daydreaming essential to
the creative function is
overridden by deliberate,
focused task switching
that keeps the person on
a more doing level rather
than a receptive, open
It is dangerous. Texting or
speaking on a cell phone
is as dangerous as drunk
driving. Being hit by a car
while walking and texting
is far too common.
(Credit: Cyntha Gonzalez)
Take Action and Stop
Multi-Tasking Now!
• We are more productive
when doing a task in batches
like emails all at once,
cooking food or paying bills.
• The Ah-ha’s and inspiration
that come with fully
immersing in a task bring
joy and satisfaction and are
worth it.
• Leave the mobile phone on
silent when in a conversation
with another.
• Chewing our food 25 times
before swallowing allows us
to be fully present for the
food we eat and for when
we have had enough. It is
suggested to place the phone
on silence and wait to check it
until after eating.
• Set limits in being interrupted
via phone or in person so to
be fully present and more
efficient for the required
task. Afterwards there will be
the opportunity to be fully
present for that person and a
more satisfying connection
will result.
(Credit: Cyntha Gonzalez)
Is Bad:
Oct/Nov 2014