Multitasking has turned into an ability for a large number of people – watching videos during meals, sending messages while strolling, running while on a call and some more. It appears as though we have this conviction that doing numerous things without a moment’s delay is equivalent to being beneficial. However, performing various tasks at the same time is a myth.
There is no such thing as doing multiple things at once. We are only alternating between tasks which end in zero efficiencies since those tasks don’t have our complete attention. Moreover, performing various tasks at the same time can be bad for our wellbeing.
In light of that, here are the top reasons why multitasking is a myth and why you should put a stop to it right away.
1. Performing Multiple Tasks at Once Causes Stress and Anxiety
Studies prove that when you’re performing multiple tasks, your cerebrum is on a steady high-ready mode. This state causes mental pressure which incites nervousness and prompts more pressure. It turns into a never-ending cycle.
However, not all multitasking exercises cause pressure and tension. Nonetheless, performing multiple tasks at once is painstaking work for the mind and exhausting for the body.
2. Multitasking Slows You Down
When you’re performing multiple tasks, you imagine that you are saving time. In all actuality, it may take you longer to complete two tasks when you’re doing them at the same time as opposed with doing them independently.
As indicated by a study, it takes around 23 minutes and 15 seconds to refocus on a task after a diversion. Admittedly, even little inabilities to think straight brought about by shifting between two tasks would cost you 40% of your beneficial time.
Additionally, performing various tasks at once doesn’t enable you to be “in the zone”. This “zone” is where you’re completely immersed in what you’re doing. If multitasking makes you feel depleted, being “in the zone” gives you joy and fulfilment. It will seem like you’re completing a task more skillfully and efficiently.
Time is a valuable asset; when gone, it’s gone forever. Do you think it’s more beneficial to spend it on refocusing on a task instead of accomplishing something that gets your business more cash-flow?
3. Multitasking Causes More Mistakes
Sometimes, even with only one task, we still commit errors. What more if you’re doing multiple tasks at once?
When you’re performing various tasks, information might get mixed up in your head. You may wind up doing something that was meant for a different task. As a business company, you can’t stand to commit any errors. It will cost you time and cash to fix it, and you might gain an unsatisfied customer at that. These reasons show why every task needs your undivided attention.
4. You Miss Out on Life
Performing various tasks gives you “inattentional blindness”. It’s a period where you don’t see what’s directly in front of you because your brain is caught up with something else. You can ‘see’ it; however, it doesn’t register in your mind.
For example, you’re on a call while walking, would you say you are entirely able to see the view around you? Another is when you’re on your mobile browsing your messages while eating, would you say you are enjoying your dinner? So do yourself a favour and put your phone down. Don’t perform multiple tasks to “finish it quickly” and focus on one thing at a time.
5. Performing Multiple Tasks Makes You Dumb
A study in London confirms that performing multiple tasks causes a slight drop in your IQ by 10 points. It’s worse than the consequence of losing a night’s rest. It harms your presentation at work, and your output is like that of an 8-year old. Not very good for a business owner making decisions, right?
Other than that, performing various tasks prevents you from learning something new. The human brain can’t process numerous data from doing different tasks at once. If you want to learn effectively, performing multiple tasks is stopping you from doing that.
6. Performing Various Tasks Kills Innovation
It needs good imagination to create something innovative. Innovation is required in business to make products that the market needs.
Working memory is a temporary data storage in your mind for your current task. When you’re performing various tasks, you go through a great deal of working memory, and you might not have enough for imaginative thoughts. You may complete your assignments; however, the output will consistently be of low quality.
As mentioned above, when you’re performing multiple tasks, you’re brain is on a constant high-ready mode. Since your mind is occupied with attempting to shield you from “risk”, you’ll have a harder time to think of something innovative.
Performing multiple tasks will make you feel occupied at work. Although being busy doesn’t imply that you’re productive. Keep your mind sound by concentrating on a single task and taking breaks. With this, you won’t burn yourself out and instead, be able to think of ways that would improve your business.
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