Why Multi-Tasking is Inefficient
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Video Length: 4.35 Minutes
Hello Newsletter Family!
In this week’s video, I talk to you about multi-tasking. Generally, people think when they are multi-tasking, they are having a very productive day, and they are being very efficient. But the opposite is actually true.
I have come across two studies explaining why it’s not productive for us to take on a lot of tasks at the same time.
The first study states: “Experts estimate that switching between tasks can cause a 40% loss in productivity. It can also cause you to introduce errors into whatever you’re working on, especially if one or more of your activities involves a lot of critical thinking.”
The reason for the 40% loss of productivity, according to this study, is because it takes some time for our mind to get into the ‘zone.’ When we are in the zone, we can feel it, we’re flowing with what we are doing.
And generally this doesn’t happen right away. It takes some time for us to get into the part of our mind where the creativity, answers and flow reside.
When we jump between tasks, we don’t give our mind the opportunity to get into this flow.
The same is true for athletes. We can all tell when an athlete is in the zone… When they are going across the field or across the court, and they have an ease and glide.
The other study I want to share with you is a French study from 2010. It found: “The human brain can handle two complicated tasks at the same time without too much trouble because it has two lobes that can divide responsibility equally between the two. Add a third task, however, and it can overwhelm the frontal cortex and increase the number of mistakes that you make.”
So this study is saying our brain is not designed to take on a lot of tasks at the same time. Its for this reason it’s not safe to text and drive at the same time.
Presence and awareness becomes key.
Not only for the effectiveness of our moment, but also for getting into the zone. When we incorporate presence, awareness and focus into what we’re doing, and do one thing at a time, that’s when we get into the zone.
I want to also talk about the distraction of texts and emails… When we’re working, reading or in the middle of a hobby, and a lot of texts and emails come in, it’s completely fine to put the phone or tablet away.
We can always get to those texts later. Most likely the sender of the message is not going to know if you received the message right away. And its completely fine for you to respond back to them on your own time – if its not an emergency.
Our phones, texts and emails are supposed to be for our convenience. They are not supposed to be distractions for our present moment.
Use technology to your advantage versus creating it to be a disadvantage for your life.
Do one thing at a time so you can give it the presence and nurture that it needs.
Implementing these two simple yet profound methods into your day will increase productivity. They will help you get into the zone. Getting into the zone will give birth to flow, creativity and efficiency.
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I wish each of you a productive week and I look forward to joining you again on July 19!