Let’s face it we all multitask out of necessity and with the goal of getting ahead. However (contrary to popular belief), research shows the brain cannot fully focus when multitasking.
The interference that comes when performing more than one task at a time creates a block which will impede your ability to efficiently finish a task. The ability to manipulate information and toggle tasks simultaneously will rarely benefit you in the long run.
Here Are 5 Reasons Multitasking is Keeping You Ineffective:
- Social Consequences. It is all too common to see people texting, listening to music and having a conversation with a friend at the same time. However, we are incapable of responding to our friends completely if we are juggling more than one task. A person will feel excluded if you start texting in the middle of a conversation because there is zero eye contact and connection. Multitasking when with friends or family creates a body language that says, “I am not connected with you and the social consequences are not worth it.” Living in your own world is the opposite of having a healthy social life.
- Hinderance to Happiness. If you are switching attention from cooking to talking to a friend, to helping with homework, to tweeting, then your brain will be on overload. With an endless sea of information at your fingertips and the ability to have so many choices, your happiness is compromised because you cannot fully complete each task with the attention it deserves. This leaves your spirit feeling incomplete, and possibly incompetent, thereby interfering with your happiness.
- Productivity is Compromised. When we fragment our attention, our ability to reason, learn, understand, work, and be creative is hindered. Our ability to produce and the depth of our focus continue to deteriorate as we juggle too many tasks at a time. We make more errors and that doubles the time of getting the job done efficiently.
- Lack of Clarity. When we are working on too many objectives at the same time our brain is conditioned to an over stimulated state. Physiologically it is impossible to maintain concentration. When we lack clarity there is a loss in the skill and the perseverance necessary to focus.
- Overstimulation. The human brain needs rest and recovery time to process ideas and memories. If we fill every second with habitual multitasking then the brain never receives the reprieve it needs to maintain concentration. The end result when the brain is overstimulated is that it cannot process and grow cognitively or socially.
Multitasking is ineffective. We are distracted by irrelevant information, rendering us less capable of focusing on a single line item.
Many people depend on synchronizing their lives through technology and integrating personal tasks. The computer encourages society to multitask, while leaving zero room for reflection, family relations or creativity.
It is impossible to properly plan or execute strategies to eliminate all your daily tasks if you attempt to do too much at once. Concentrating on one thing and suspending several other tasks will help you to create a sense of momentum, without ever feeling snowed under.