Why multitasking isn’t always great!

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Why Multitasking Makes You Less Productive (Except When It Doesn’t)

Just before I started writing this blog post, I was helping my mom make dinner. As I was chopping the onions, she told me to sort out my clothes, wash the cucumbers and the blueberries, make six smoothies, wash the strainers, and give her my tax slips afterwards.


What Is Multitasking?

Of course, being the goldfish that I am, I promptly forgot about the strainers, left the cucumbers and blueberries sitting in vinegar in the sink (pickled blueberries, anyone?), and started sobbing from the onions. That’s what I get for trying to do everything at once. Classic multitasking. But the truth is, there’s different kinds of multi-tasking. And in this blog post, we’ll dig deep into what multi-tasking actually is, in addition to some more effective strategies to use, in place of it.

Well, as you can tell from my story above, I’m terrible at multi-tasking. Fortunately, experts don’t think I’m weird. In fact, they’ve found that, in general, multi-tasking doesn’t work. Why? The biggest reason is because multitasking kills momentum.

It takes a lot of effort to get it going, but once it’s moving, keeping it moving is a much easier task. Multitasking is akin to trying to get the cart to move for a few meters (or feet, to you Americans) and then stopping it… Before putting your weight back and pushing the cart to get started all over again.

Some more food for thought!

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