The Perils of Multitasking

With technological innovations like smartphones now becoming commonplace, multitasking has become the norm. We’re expected to get everything done without thinking twice; not only answering emails/returning phone calls ASAP, keeping an eye on Facebook and the like, but also taking on multiple tasks (personal and professional) at the same time with no concern for how the number of coinciding projects may affect our ability to do them to the best of our abilities.

Multitasking, by its definition, means that our focus is split between tasks when it would be more productive to be honed in on one thing. Trying to get four different important assignments completed by 5:00pm can cause you to become overburdened; instead, put the things you need to get done in order of priority. If you aim to complete your responsibilities in stages, you’re going to improve your productivity, the quality of that work, and most importantly, you’ll save time because you won’t have spend any effort re-familiarizing yourself with a task and rebuilding any momentum you lost while switching back and forth between tasks (here’s a better explanation) Of course, if you’re a parent, multitasking takes on a completely different meaning than it does in the office.

Some multitasking is unavoidable; you’re going to have to check email while you’re doing other work, but there are ways to limit the damage of multitasking through a few helpful tips. If you curb the amount of things you are multitasking at any given time, you’ll find that your work will get done with greater quality and efficiency.

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