Multitasking skills, efficient or taxing for your productivity?


MJ Gonzales│

Multitasking is ideal whether in work or business. If you’re the boss then it’s cost-effective to hire someone who can do two or more jobs. Thus, you don’t need to pay another person that adds to your overall expenses. Meantime, if you are the employee probably it is easier to finish  your job everyday because you can maximize your time. However a lot of experts advise multitasking is modern stumbling block to productivity, social awareness, and even emotional intelligence.

The underlying problem in multitasking is it’s hard to focus and regain it to finish one specific job.  Psychology Today shared that doing various duties is taxing for human brains.  Their report added that brain can’t do two tasks all the same time; it just switches between the two.

“The more tasks you add, the less efficient your brain is, and the less likely it is to focus on the most important task (which explains why people talking on cell phones get into car crashes),” Psychology Today reported. “Multitasking also ramps up the energy demands on your brain, leaving you feeling depleted afterwards. This is why it’s best to eliminate as many distractions as possible whenever you have a task that requires your full attention. It’s also why you shouldn’t make consequential decisions when you’re in the middle of eight other things. You’re likely to pick the wrong answer!”

Though multitasking is notorious practice, many are finding difficulties to refuse it especially if they do demanding jobs.  Are there ways to master multitasking skills or there other alternatives?   In Fox Business’s account, you can effectively multitask by first getting the right principles about it like defining which is mere distraction and not.

“Multitasking is interleaving multiple simple tasks to achieve a more complex function more effectively and efficiently. Distraction is tweeting or texting when you should be paying attention to what you’re doing. They are very, very different. Don’t conflate the two,” Fox Business shared. “The big lesson here is to always look at the big picture.

The report also suggested that of course there are times you need to stop multitasking for health and safety. But in general if it’s your aim to brighter life there’s nothing wrong in doing it.