Here at 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI), we are always striving to be more productive. Check out these three benefits of kicking multi-tasking to the curb.
Multitasking sounds awesome. Particularly at first glance of Miriam Webster‘s definition:
mul·ti·task·ing | noun, often attributive
the performance of multiple tasks at one time
Getting multiple things done at once? Where can we sign up?
Wait. Not so fast. Just because you’re performing several behaviors simultaneously, doesn’t actually mean that you’re getting multiple things done at once. In fact, you’re probably not.
The alternative is single-tasking, devoting 100% of your focus to the task at hand. Dive in with 2313 Inc. as we explore its benefits.
First and foremost, single-tasking improves productivity. Harvard, Stanford, and the University of London have conducted studies on the subject and have concluded that multitasking can actually diminish productivity by 40 percent.
Think about that. Multitasking is actually more likely to hurt your productivity than boost it. And in a huge way!
When you focus your attention on one task at a time, you end up getting a good deal more done.
2. Fewer Errors
For the most part, the human brain is not made for balancing several activities at one time—hence the fact that there are so many ‘texting and driving’ accidents. When we spread our attention too thin, we miss crucial details, make errors in judgement, and lose the ability to connect the dots efficiently. Single-tasking, on the other hand, activates the potential for full brain power and therefore reduces the likelihood of mistakes.
Let’s say you have 3 empty glasses of water sitting on a table. You are holding a full gallon of water and the goal is to fill up each glass to the top while spilling as little liquid as possible. If you were to pour the gallon of water, moving horizontally along the 3 glasses in an attempt to fill all of the glasses at the same time and as quickly as possible, you would spill a considerable amount of water. However, if you were to fill each glass of water individually, focusing on one pour at a time, you would have little to no spillage.
Multitasking not only affects our productivity, but our social skills as well. This can have a major impact on all of our relationships, both personal and professional.
Have you ever tried to talk to someone who can’t seem to stick with the conversation? Maybe their eyes keep darting to their phone or they simply can’t focus on what you’re saying. The worst, right? Single-tasking improves our ability to present and attentive, which is crucial for strong communication.
Do we have you sold on single-tasking? What works for you? Tell 2313 Inc. in the comments below!