Multitasking And Time Management: Why It Doesn’t Work


Multitasking And Time Management: Why It Doesn’t Work

When we hear about someone multitasking, we immediately imagine someone who’s on his or her game, just living it up both in the office, at home, and elsewhere. What exactly is multitasking? Is it as helpful as we think it is?

Multitasking: Defined And Explained 

Going back to its core definition (and though various comparisons among different globally used dictionaries), multitasking is doing more than one task at a time. It’s the activity and the practice of handling chores to-dos all at once. That is instead of doing them simultaneously or spreading them throughout the course of a planned schedule.

You may have even tried it before, way more than once. More often than not, having a lot on your plate sometimes resorts to you doing everything as though they were in a bundle than need to be tied together at the same time. Why? Because we think that doing them all together and all at once saves us more time.

A Personal Take On The Matter

Multitasking And Time Management: Why It Doesn’t Work

That notion exists. That one is able to be more productive by NOT splitting up tasks one by one. Basically, multitasking. Do you believe that, too? I have to admit that I used to think that way. Plus, I’ve tried many times, attempt after attempt to multitask. I was never successful at it. 

Multitasking And Why It’s More Disadvantageous Than You’d Think

It’s not just me. Studies prove that the brain can work better when activities are done piece by piece. True, you are capable of coming up with an output done through multitasking.

However, the difference will lie in that the output will be lacking in quality.

And it’ll be lacking in quality compared to if you were to do that task on its own, without distractions from other to-dos.

It tricks your brain into thinking your work rate is increasing. On the other hand, in reality, only your work quantity does. Work quantity that makes you less efficient because you’ll be overloading both your mind and body by trying to complete them in a go.

Even Huffing Post says that the cerebrum isn’t a multi-tasker. It’s just not built that way. For other functions, yes, it can send signal after signal altogether with ease. Yet when it comes to completing activities and completing them well, it works best when it categorizes them and finishes them one by one.

How To Stop Multitasking

Multitasking And Time Management: Why It Doesn’t Work

One word. Stop. That’s all it takes. Stop thinking you can be like Superman, able to do more than one type of work at a time. Actually, even Sup’ does the saving-of-the-world one crime at a time. Remind yourself that you don’t save on time by doing things all at once. Trying to do the latter will end up with no tasks accomplished, and only half-baked ones that will be piled up with newer chores the next day.

Also, read on our post about effective prioritizing. Get to planning and organizing. Create a list of those to-dos and assign a separate schedule for each. One after the other works, too. Make sure to have a specific slot dedicated to a specific chore. No more than that.

Moreover, stick to your plotted deadlines. Don’t think unfinished work can be split over to the next schedule. Think “this needs to be completed within this timeframe. No excuses.”

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