If you have to write reports, answer emails or make phone calls, that forces you to make a lot of passive switches. You gets into a state of multitasking as what people use to say!
Multitasking involves engaging in two tasks simultaneously. It’s only possible when two conditions meets perfectly.
- At least one of the tasks is so well mastered as to be automatic, e.g. walking or eating.
- They involve different types of brain processing. For example, you can easily listen to your fav song while making a meal because in this two different types of brain processing is involved.
Long story short, when we talk about multitasking, we are really talking about attention! The art of shifting our attention, and, more broadly, to decide the judgment about what objects are worthy of our attention.
So that clearly means, Multitasking is not as simple as we think of it. Below you’ll find 3 biggest myths it holds & the fact related to it!
#1. Multitasking makes you efficient
When people think they’re multitasking, study shows they’re actually shifting focus from one task to another, and the point to note here is the transition is neither faster, smoother nor efficient.
Let me explain, our brain has to pivot and briefly orient itself between tasks. That takes about 40 percent more time than it would take to complete each task, one at a time.
Now you know why “Multitasking makes you efficient” is just a myth!
It is easier and often enjoyable with technology. You can’t deny the rush you get when your favorite device vibrates. But jumping from distraction to distraction doesn’t make us productive rather it actually does the opposite.
#2. Multitasking don’t hurts
Beyond being impossible, doing several things at once can be dangerous!
Heavy multitaskers—those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance were actually found worse at it than those who like to do a single thing at a time.
Multitasking reduces our efficiency and performance because our brain can only focus on one thing at a time. So, when we try to do two things at once, our brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.
Also, University of Sussex in the UK found that high multitaskers had less brain density in the anterior cingulate cortex, a region responsible for empathy as well as cognitive and emotional control.
So for all those out there who think Multitasking is pretty good, think twice! Doing one task at a time will help you get through it effectively as well as efficiently.
#3. You can multitask anything
When people hear multitasking is a myth, they think the myth is that it doesn’t work. But that’s not true completely. The myth is that such a thing even exists.
The thing is what we call multitasking is actually switchtasking.
As long as we focus on one thing, both brain halves remains engaged at one particular thing. Adding a second task, however, literally splits the brain in half.
The right half takes care of one task, the left deals with the other. When such thing happens, both side of your brain work independently, and they each chase their own goal and reward.
At any given time, you’ll devote more attention to one task than the other, and whatever half of your brain deals with it wins in that moment – until you switch.
So, it’s not multitasking we do but is switchtasking!
Multitasking forces you to pay a mental price each time you interrupt one task and jump to another.
When it comes to attention and productivity, our brains have a finite amount, which means what you call multitasking is actually task-switching!
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