If you consider your ability to multitask as a strength, then it’s time to burst your bubble.
In reality, multitasking only diminishes the quality of your work. When you multitask, your work suffers as if your IQ had dropped by 10 points, or as if you’d missed an entire night of sleep.
In short, multitasking costs you more time than it saves you.
To hear Norbert Orlewicz talk more about the dangers of multitasking, watch this video, filmed at the Titanium Mastermind in Jamaica.
THE DAMAGE THAT MULTITASKING CAN DO
The average employee checks their email 36 times an hour. That sounds bad enough, but what’s worse is this. It takes 60 minutes to re-focus attention after handling incoming email!
Be careful if you have employees. Chances are, you’re paying them for a lot of wasted time and not much productivity.
That doesn’t mean you’re immune from this, though. We can all relate to the scenario of getting distracted for an hour and finally snapping out of it, only to ask ourselves, “Where was I again? What was I working on?”
There’s a very good chance that what you’re currently getting done in 10 hours, you could be getting done in just 4 hours.
The way to do that is to stop multitasking.
IT TAKES TIME TO SWITCH BETWEEN ACTIVITIES
Multitasking is not really multitasking. It’s more like juggling.
In other words, you are switching your attention back and forth between two or more activities. Switching your train of thought takes time, and it causes you to lose momentum each time.
Especially if you’re trying to do focused work like researching, writing or number crunching, it requires your full attention. Every time you get distracted by something else, it takes 25 minutes to get back to your original task.
If you’re working on a focused task and you see an email come in, ignore it for now. Finish your task, and the email will still be waiting for you when you’re done. You’ll get the job done a lot faster this way.
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