Multi-tasking is not gonna work please everybody stop doing it!
Serious confession: during writing this important piece of blog about multitasking. I’ve checked Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn twice, and read this interesting article on How to start dieting.
Last week I read an article about multi-tasking and its bad effects on everybody. It says you are surely not efficient and productive when you switch between tasks haphazardly and that shook me forever. To my surprise it further adds, if someone is opting for 2 tasks at the same time he/she is eroding productivity and damaging IQ, adding impulsivity in his/her behavior, forbidding focus, losing time management skill, low attention to each task, wasting a lot of time and driven away from his/her will of task completion.
How bitter it is….. For you? So let’s find out the core reasons behind multitasking habits in a person. As in why would anyone wants to take this much risk and still wills to do multiple things at once.
Processing the thoughts of people doing multitasking and why?
We all know the fact that multi-tasking is hazardous and kills effectiveness, productivity, and efficiency. Still, we all do it. Then why we all are addicted to multi-task disorder?
TOO MANY TASKS = TOO MANY MISTAKES
Multitasking makes you do more than one task because a person who does it feels more emotionally satisfying.
Zhen wong researcher explained this very well, he said if we read books, watch TV, reply to emails and text friends at the same-o-clock. We get a great feeling of fulfillment, that’s why we are addicted to it badly.
Also, some studies found out that, the physically multitasking person looks very cool and efficient. That puts pressure on other peers to be like him and follow him. But in reality, you just delay task more that’s it, there is no magic formula to achieve success in two tasks altogether, just be patient and work only on one task at a time.
According to scientist Miller people also do multitasking because their brain is deluding them. MIT Earl Miller says, “brain is deluder, whenever someone says I do multitasking very well, they're deluding and the brain is very good at this deluding job.”
Effects on your brain, when you multi-task
You won’t believe what I am going to tell you next. Your brain literally changes his working style when you try to perform a foolish act of multi-tasking.
Brain Facts ----- Multitasking
The part of the brain which helps you perform the task and meet your goals is called the prefrontal cortex. It is located in front of the brain. The prefrontal cortex has two sides; right & left. And both sides work together if someone is focused only on one thing at a time. But when someone decides to multitask both sides of the brain work independently (not coordinating with each other).
Which more explained that it only looks like you are multitasking but inside of the brain it’s not true. In real your brain is just switching rapidly between two sides of the prefrontal cortex.
Multitasking also exposes you to make more mistakes and errors. According to research, you’re 3 times more likely to do mistakes during multitasking.
So multitasking fries your brain my child! According to a recent study focusing on multiple tasks at once consumes more glucose, exhausts you and disoriented your working patterns. Surely you literally end up nutrients inside your brain, please stop doing it.
Multi-tasking sends information to the wrong part of the brain listen to this example below. Russ Poldrack, Stanford Neuroscientist, said earlier, “Doing two tasks together will mix-up information, For example, if the student is studying and watching TV simultaneously. The information from his schoolwork goes into the striatum (region storing for new procedures & skills, not facts & ideas).
Whereas without TV distraction it goes into the hippocampus “(where it organizes and categories in a variety of ways, makes it easily retrievable)”
How to stop Multi-tasking
At this part of the blog, we all know how threatening, menacing and vicious is multitasking. So how can we stop doing it,
- Stick to one task at a time. Be fully attentive in doing that until it is fully completed. If attention starts to wane, take a short break, and come back and start over.
- When you are moving to another task make sure the previous task is fully completed.
- Before moving to the next task take a small break and refresh yourself.
- Close your inbox for an hour or two. If you cannot do that, then at least don’t reply immediately.
- Set a specific block of time for checking social media, text, and calling a friend. Maybe during lunch time.
- Keep your working dress clean and organized.
- Put away your electronic gadgets or minimum block your distracting applications.
- Open one tab a time.
- Choose your prime time most mornings, to work on the most difficult tasks that require a lot of attention. Because it is the time when no one is mentally and physically fatigued.