Multi Tasking is a Myth

I often see people open mutliple design files or emails or word docs. When you query them about this they say they are working on all of them. Now apart from a computer performance hit, the anti social behaviour of “claiming that data as mine” and the risk of data loss when that little lot crashes, can they really work on all that at the same time? In reality, NO! If you watch people who do this, they actually switch between them, you can not actually work on multiple bits of information at the same time. Multi tasking is a myth. What people actually develop is the ability to switch between different streams rapidly without losing their way. However few people trully develop this skill, they end up doing a half assed un focused job. Harsh but true. Focus on a task, complete it and get it out the way. Turn the email, off unless you are focusing on email. Turn off those distractions or at least manage them better, set “aways”. Manage peoples expectations of you. Chop your day up into sections where you only get specific tasks done. Or pop off to some less ethical country and get a rapid grown clone! 😉

References
http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=the-myth-of-multitasking-09-07-15
http://lifehacker.com/5041144/debunking-the-myth-of-multitasking
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95256794
http://thefuturebuzz.com/2009/07/13/focus-or-fail/
http://www.productivity501.com/the-power-of-focus/8085/
http://www.wickedlocal.com/lexington/newsnow/x795101013/Dr-Blaise-Aguirre-The-myth-of-multitasking#axzz1j8vukSYU

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About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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One Response to Multi Tasking is a Myth

  1. Jaruzel says:

    I keep missing these – any chance you can set up a facebook feed thingy?

    something like this? https://apps.facebook.com/rssgraffiti/

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