There’s No Such Thing as Multitasking!

We’re all familiar with our great friend (or enemy) – multitasking. It’s required everywhere we go: in the work environment or at home. Multitasking is the king of skills. Life is better with multitasking. Right? Well, not really. Apparently, multitasking is a myth. Yes, you read that correctly. Here’s why there’s no such thing as multitasking! The answer will surprise you!

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When you think you can juggle with many things at once, think again. Working while listening to music? Check. Texting while talking to your friend? Check. Driving while also being over the phone? Check. But what happens in our brains when we do these things?

Multitasking Is Actually Switch-Tasking

Recent neuroscience has looked deeply into the matter. It looks like we don’t really perform tasks simultaneously, like we previously thought. What we do instead is switch very quickly from one task to the other. You didn’t see this coming, did you?

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The study also shows that our brains go through a stop and start process each time we switch from one task or activity to the other. And yes, as you may have guessed, this takes time. We also tend to make more mistakes than if we focus on one task at a time.

Doing many things at a time can drain us from our energy because we have to restart on the specific task every time we think we only have to switch.

We know that everything seems to rush in today’s society and we feel we don’t have the time to do many of the things we want. That’s why we choose to do several at once because otherwise we wouldn’t have the time for all.

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But multitasking is in fact nothing more than switch-tasking and it’s counterproductive. So next time make sure that you are fully concentrated on one task at a time. You’ll be surprised to see you’ll do a better job at it and finish it faster too.

What do you think of this study? Let us know in the comments! Please share to end the myth of multitasking!