By Amy Dee
For the most part, multitasking just doesn’t work, but a lot of us still believe it makes us more efficient.
I doesn’t work because we can’t do two or three things at the same time. Instead, our brains switch from task to another losing focus over and over again.
This is a problem because we have limited supply of attention each day.
So every time we switch tasks, we lose a little bit of our power to focus that day.
Multitasking is terrible for business. Studies have shown it decreases productivity by as much as 40%.
Multitasking lowers your IQ by as much as 15 points...which is basically the same effect as not sleeping the night before.
It kills creativity. Because you are never focused long enough to be creative. It really increases stress to the point we can hate our jobs.
Still, I catch myself multitasking.
Lately I’ve had lots to do…and have felt so frazzled.
So, for one week I consciously stopped multitaskingI focused on only one thing at a time. Only write for 20 minutes...take a break.
Only read for 20 minutes. And guess what? I got a lot more done.
When cooking, I only cook. I paid attention to the colors, textures and the taste of the food…and cooking was more fun!
My productivity is better than ever, I am less stressed and feel happier.
So if you are a multitasker like me…and you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed and anxious.
Considering taking just one day to stop multitasking and focus on one task at a time. And I betting you’ll feel better too.
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