There is No Such Thing as Multitasking

Updated: Jan 7

I am a killjoy, I know it. Sorry, if what I am about to say offends you – it’s not my intention, but stop saying you’re a multitasker as if it’s something to be proud of. Multitasking is really a big lie. You are only broadcasting your lack of understanding of how productivity works. While it may be harsh to hear, scientifically, it is the truth.

Your brain cannot multitask the way you think and uses more time and resources to do so. This is because your mind is forced to take the time to switch in-between tasks and to refocus and concentrate, which takes time that could have been used more beneficially.

Unfortunately, many organizations and companies have adopted this widely misunderstood and popular term to find workers or employees that are willing to overwork themselves and do tasks that usually require two or more people—ultimately saving them money. However, productivity is undoubtedly lacking, and there are many more reasons to stop this bad habit.

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Here are four common reasons why multitasking is actually bad for business:

Promotes More Mistakes and Poor Choices

When you multitask, you are not providing your brain the time it needs to filter out irrelevant information. This, in turn, creates shoddy quality work, more mistakes, and possible injuries that directly harm your productivity and reputation or trustworthiness as a business.

Promotes Anxiety and Poor Health

Studies prove that the more you do it, the more harm you are causing to your brain and memory loss. One of the most common reasons for multitasking is a lack of efficiently setting time limits, causing you to speed and increasing anxiety to get it all done. Often the process of going back and forth can be overwhelming as you try to relearn information too. Everyone knows that being in a constant state of anxiety will only cause more harm than good.

Inhibits Innovation and Creativity

Multitasking kills your ability to fully concentrate and focus, blocking your ability to be creative. Innovation and creativity are vital to a successful business as, obviously, if everyone had the same business idea, no one or only a select few could make money.

You Can’t Enjoy the Process

Even though it is a business and requires work, you should still enjoy it. Even though there will be tasks or tedious things that you don't enjoy all the time, that doesn't mean you can't change them and make them more enjoyable for you. The more personal you make your business, the happier and more passionate you will be about it. As perception is reality, if you feel more successful, you are more successful. If you love and are glad about something, then you won't want to let it go.

Hopefully, you can see that multitasking is detrimental to your productivity. Divide your work into similar categories and focus on a single task at a time. The more you do this, the better your work becomes and the more time you have at the end.

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