The Myth of Multitasking

OK, who has ever bragged about all the things they have on their to-do list?

Who hasn’t gotten pulled into the “You wouldn’t believe how busy I am” game? Women, in particular, are the masters of multitasking. At least that’s what we tell ourselves.

For years I got caught up on my daily to-do list. I prided myself in how many items I had on my list. However, no matter how many hours I put in, I would barely put a dent in things.

Well, this year I got smart…or at least a little smarter. I decided to listen to the research, along with the advice from some really wise, busy and very successful people. In this short article, I’m going to debunk the myth that multitasking is efficient. I’m also going to share with you some great focusing strategies that will help you be happier, healthier and more productive.

Technically, when we think we’re multitasking what we’re really doing is “task switching”, just bouncing from one task to another.2

Research done at Stanford University;

“compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multitaskers—those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance—were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time.”4

Not only that, they were also slower at switching between tasks. Other research completed at the University of London showed that multitasking actually lowered your IQ equivalent to if you had smoked marijuana!

To find out more about the hazards of multitasking and what you can do to be happier, healthier and more efficient, click on the link to Dr. Harrison’s website: www.drjenniferharrison.com