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Stop Multitasking

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Posted in Advice by Joel Gross

Multitasking steals your focus and energy.  It makes you feel like you are getting more done, but in reality you are just making yourself busy.

For instance, try doing two simple things at once:

  1. Have a conversation about a new topic with a friend on the phone
  2. Do 100 simple addition/subtraction problems at the same time

I tested this out and found that not only did my friend think I was temporarily retarded, but I did poorly on the math problems.  When I separated each task out into its own right, I found I accomplished both tasks quickly and with a much higher rate of precision.

DON’T MULTITASK. FOCUS.

2 thoughts on “Stop Multitasking

  1. Just recently I’ve been hearing that multi-tasking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It makes sense.

  2. wow, are you sure you’re friends didn’t find you temporarily ignorant? I mean, who uses the word retarded? The last time I checked it didn’t mean stupid.

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