Why Multi-tasking Should Be Avoided
From checking emails at work to juggling kids homework and activities, today’s women are multi-tasking with aplomb. Yet the downside of this is the toll it can take on your overall wellness as well as productivity. Here are a few more reasons to stop the habit…
- 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—such as the mistakes that come with, may be stress-causing.
- 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 level.
How to Stop Multi-Tasking Now
We are more productive when doing a task in batches like emails all at once or paying bills.
The inspiration that comes with fully immersing in a task brings joy and satisfaction and is worth it.
Leave the mobile phone on silence when in a conversation with another.