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Single-Tasking is the New Multi-Tasking

August, 13 2019

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Dr. Brynn
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Dr. Brynn
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Brainscience

The myth of multi-tasking, the bliss of focus, the value in returning to 'single-tasking'.

 

As it would turn out, the conscious brain is a 'serial processor', not a 'simultaneous processor' - it only does one thing at a time.

As we get older it gets harder to quell internal distractions, and so we end up 'code-switching' between tasks, believing that we are doing something called 'multitasking'.

In fact, we are simply confounding and confusing ourselves, increasing our stress levels, and causing a refractory period that impedes are progress and productivity.

New research on 'multitaskers' showed they were worse on every of the measured scales than non-multitaskers - item and task recall, task completion times, overall productivity, satisfaction levels etc.

Further, attempting to multitask ruins your focus, concentration, and any potential for 'flow' (an ideal cognitive work-state).

So, if there's one thing you can do for yourself to be more productive, quit even attempting multitasking - do one thing at a time, deliberately, for better focus and flow: let's all SINGLE-TASK!

 

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