True or False: There’s no such thing as multitasking, you are only making people wait.
We call our generation the masters of multitasking, never stopping, disconnecting or focusing on just one thing. But do we need to? Today we are break down the pitfalls of multitasking and how to manage your time better.
There have been plenty of pieces why multitasking doesn’t work. Forbes explains how our brain can’t possibly differentiate and tackle two dissimilar tasks at the same time, to the point that doing so could be dangerous; think how well Fernando Alonso would drive if he was checking his email. The New Yorker argues that the world’s great geniuses, from Kerouac to Jobs, reached their potential by being essentially recluses, shutting out the world and focusing for days on perfecting and following through on a single task.
So why do we think we can magically do more than the Wozniaks and Kafkas of the world? Google and Twitter and Facebook, oh my, have built up our hubris, fooling ourselves into believing we’re multitasking warriors, when we’re really ineffectual wimps who think ourselves more effective because we don’t even stop so-called multitasking in the bathroom.
We just need to STOP. And then retrain ourselves from the start not to multitask but to manage time.