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Multi-tasking vs. single-tasking

Although multi-tasking is a much-appreciated ability to have nowadays, with women being considered privileged for their higher capability of it, performing more tasks in the same time is not effective for our productivity. Not only it doesn’t help one win more time, it makes one more anxious and tense.

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In today’s technologically- centered world, time spent in front of an internet-connected device increased dramatically. We perform most of our daily activities there, whether for business or pleasure. We research for information, we read the news, we write business proposals, we have business calls online, we contribute to social media, whether personally or professionally, and countless more. To all that, if we add our offline activities, such as meetings, workshops, time spent business networking or with the family, carrying out our hobbies, etc. and we easily realize how many more things are competing for our time than ever before.

In this new work and life climate, it is only natural that we have turned to multi-tasking as a coping strategy.  It’s not a new approach; it is at least as old as Napoleon, famous for his unusual ability to do 5 things at the same time. He was highly looked up to for his rare skill. At the time, it seemed a talent reserved only for the smartest.

Actually, what most people don’t realize is that we don’t win time by multi-tasking. We only have the impression we are more efficient, justifying not doing even more because we simply have so much to do on a daily basis. The truth is multi-tasking doesn’t work. It has been proven, both scientifically and empirically, that it actually takes us more time to accomplish 2 or more tasks simultaneously, as it is more stressful for the mind to be doing multi-tasking.

Scientists say that the brain is not programmed to perform more than one task at a time, and when we are imposing multi-tasking, what the brain does is it actually jumps from one task to the next, and back. And because some tasks, like signing in to your email account or printing a document, are such a no-brainer, we don’t notice the jumps the brain does.  So we tend to believe it’s perfectly fine to do multi-tasking. But our brain is, indeed, jumping back and forth all the time, depending on the number of tasks we give it, stressing ourselves without even realizing.

The practice of single tasking feels psychologically like not using the time to its fullest, but with it, your brain focuses better, and you accomplish the one task you started faster, with better results and with less effort. Next time you are swamped and have a ton of things to accomplish at the office, try the single tasking method. Pick one chore and put your mental effort in solving just that, whether it is an email, a coding session or designing an architectural plan of a building. It will surprise you how easier and faster you will do it, and how less stressful it will feel like.

Have you ever tried single tasking so far? Did you notice any differences in concentration, time or stress levels compared to multi-tasking?

Written by: Monica Nastase.
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