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Does Multitasking Work?

September, 18 2019

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The hazards of attempting to multitask & why single-tasking is your new best friend!

I speak to people all the time that tell me they are wonderful 'multitaskers'. There are job postings everywhere that claim 'multi-tasking' is a must-have in a prospect.

There's one major challenge with all of that: multitasking is one of the many brain-based myths out there - it doesn't exist. Worse, the myth of multitasking is actually quite hazardous to your happiness, satisfaction, and productivity.

Given its popularity, how does multitasking not exist, you may ask? Well, your conscious brain is in fact a 'serial processor' - in other words, it only does one thing at a time. Human brains are not like computer - they are not 'simultaneous' or 'parallel' processors - they cannot actually do 2 things at once, consciously. Because of this, when we attempt to multi-task, in fact we are doing something called 'code switching', which not only has a refractory period, it increases our frustration and stress levels. You needn't look into the relevant literature very far before you'll find claim, story, and recount of the world's most successful reclaiming their will to 'single-task'. Not to belabor the point, it's enough to know that single-tasking is our very best bet for getting more things done, faster - i.e. being more productive. 

Further, in today's episode I am going to tell you not just about how to single-task, but some of the other benefits for maximizing the brain-states necessary for maximal productivity - why single-tasking facilitates states such as 'flow' and 'focus' and work-place satisfaction.

Multi-tasking: A Dangerous Brain-Based Myth 00:24

Reclaiming Your Right to SINGLE-TASK! 02:57

Fantastic Focus: Your Friend in Productivity 03:31

Flow: The Brain's Preferred Work-State 04:09

Clear Your Plate: Delegate & Delete Distracting Tasks 05:07

An Overwhelming Workload: Benefits of Time-Limits & Self-Imposed Deadlines 06:00

A Bonus Tip: Purposeful Code-Switching to Decrease Anxiety 06:40

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