Multitasking Brings High Costs
– Marcia Hughes
Remember the days when you could drive your car without talking on the cell phone? Those where simpler times. In today’s world many think multitasking is an unavoidable process, but how has attempting to perform all of these tasks simultaneously affected performance? The American Psychological Association has recently published an article examining this very topic, http://www.apa.org/releases/multitasking.html. They found that ultimately it takes longer to switch from topic to topic rather than focusing on one thing at a time.
If you are as busy as we are these days your to-do list can become overwhelming. To tackle the multitude of deeds that need to get done it becomes reasonable to combine tasks. Why not peruse that new article while on a conference call? There also is a point of pride in these moments as we’re too likely to think “My brain can handle multiple tasks at once. I’m smart!” or “I’m efficient”. In the end we need to ask ourselves an important question. “Is it more important that I just get this done or that I get this done to the best of my ability?” Given that what we produce becomes a reflection of ourselves this question is easy to answer – or at least it should be. Read More.