Multi tasking

The phone rings while you are viewing an important presentation and making notes to use for the next meeting. You pick up the call and it is a family member asking you to pick up a few items on your way back. It’s frustrating but somehow you manage to take the notes, skim through the presentation and write down the grocery list as well. Welcome to the era of multitasking.

Multitasking is often defined as doing multiple tasks at the same time. A common misconception though. Multitasking is the ability to switch between tasks quickly and being able to continue from where one had left a task.

The phone rings while you are viewing an important presentation and making notes to use for the next meeting. You pick up the call and it is a family member asking you to pick up a few items on your way back. It’s frustrating but somehow you manage to take the notes, skim through the presentation and write down the grocery list as well. Welcome to the era of multitasking.

Multitasking is often defined as doing multiple tasks at the same time. A common misconception though. Multitasking is the ability to switch between tasks quickly and being able to continue from where one had left a task.

Some of the most poignant advantages of multitasking are:

  • It increases productivity
  • It can help keep an individual organized
  • It gives the individual more time to pursue activities of interest
  • It can give the individual a greater sense of achievement

However, we should also be aware of the downsides to multitasking.

  • Mistakes and errors are almost doubled
  • Stress levels get higher
  • No single task is done to perfection
  • The individual seems at the brink of a nervous breakdown

When multitasking, it should always be kept in mind that certain things require an individual’s full and undivided attention. Do not try to send an email to the CEO of your company while making a phone call to complain to your phone company. You would regret it greatly if some of the choice language reserved for your service provider, found its way into the email.

It would also be a good idea to try and minimize instances of multitasking, women who are sometimes considered better than men at multitasking are prone to make the blunder of managing multiple things all day long.

Every time an individual moves rapidly from one task to another their brain needs to shut down and reboot in order to process fresh information and recollect previous data about the work at hand. Constant shifting makes the brain work at unacceptable speed and processing data becomes difficult. This causes errors and could potentially affect your health as well. So multitask but don’t multiply tasks.

Some of the most poignant advantages of multitasking are:

  • It increases productivity
  • It can help keep an individual organized
  • It gives the individual more time to pursue activities of interest
  • It can give the individual a greater sense of achievement

However, we should also be aware of the downsides to multitasking.

  • Mistakes and errors are almost doubled
  • Stress levels get higher
  • No single task is done to perfection
  • The individual seems at the brink of a nervous breakdown

When multitasking, it should always be kept in mind that certain things require an individual’s full and undivided attention. Do not try to send an email to the CEO of your company while making a phone call to complain to your phone company. You would regret it greatly if some of the choice language reserved for your service provider, found its way into the email.

It would also be a good idea to try and minimize instances of multitasking, women who are sometimes considered better than men at multitasking are prone to make the blunder of managing multiple things all day long.

Every time an individual moves rapidly from one task to another their brain needs to shut down and reboot in order to process fresh information and recollect previous data about the work at hand. Constant shifting makes the brain work at unacceptable speed and processing data becomes difficult. This causes errors and could potentially affect your health as well. So multitask but don’t multiply tasks.

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