Multitasking confuses your brain and slows things down: Concentrating on one task at a time will get the job done much faster …
I remember watching a movie with my better half called “Melancholia” with Kirsten Dunst and discussing it with another. While we can’t say for sure we liked it … it just was one of those movies on the list that fall below that imaginary “like” line. My wife suggested that it was hard to watch because it was so depressing watching something where nothing could be changed and the end was inevitable. I suggested it was hard to watch because each depressing scene seemed to drag on and on and I kind of lost my attention span waiting for a scene to end and another to start. Of course, it could just be that the movie was uninteresting to me, I was experiencing lack of sleep and thus probably was tired while I was nodding off during the movie … 😛 but, my insight and comments did start an interesting debate about multitasking!
Our conclusions were that we multitask because we can effectively multitask, and are more productive because of it. But, we are not more productive that we accomplish more tasks, per say, but instead if we tried to be productive doing one task that we would get bored doing that one single task and go off tangent and not get any work done anyway. It’s kind of like watching each long scene in that movie!
Are multitaskers more easily amused than others? Maybe it’s happened to you?
Have you ever tried to cross everything off on your ToDo list, in any order as long as it gets done before the end of the day – and accomplish that? How did that go for you? Did you finish everything you wanted to on your list?
Have you ever tried to cross everything off on your ToDo list before the end of the day – BUT – refuse to work on the next task until you completed the current task? Did you finish everything you wanted to on your list?
That got me thinking again, when I received an email from Peter Kim about OnlineCollege.org‘s latest Multitasking infographic.
What do you think?