Leave Multitasking to the Pros
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Recently, I started tracking my activity and sleep with my high-tech watch. Now it’s a game to see how many steps I collect and how many minutes of deep sleep I achieve. My habits are recorded and analyzed. And it’s very conclusive; I need more sleep!
Many adults are in the same boat. We try to do so many things during the day that we actually end up being less productive and less happy.
I found a study from the University of Utah that verified 98% of people are terrible multitaskers. You may want to take the online survey. The link is here: Only 2% Of People Can Actually Multitask — This Test Will Tell You If You Are One Of Them.
Maybe you could complete the questionnaire while working on a slide deck.
Multitasking does not work. You are not more productive if you check email while on a conference call. Also, that co-worker who attends meetings but is continually on his mobile phone is not getting more done. And how many teenagers scan social media and post on Instagram while studying and watching movies? It is draining.
The human brain is not made to switch instantaneously between tasks. We are not wired to rotate our focus back and forth in rapid succession.
The Human Information Processing Laboratory at Vanderbilt University studied multitasking.
They documented that people who do two tasks at the same time take 30% longer and make twice as many mistakes as people who work on the same tasks separately.
By reducing the amount of time we spend multitasking, we actually become more productive. Wrapping our warped thinking around this fact is hard.
Let me share an idea for ending some of the multitasking insanity.
Often we get caught multitasking because we have to track everything. (See my step count thoughts at the beginning.) Our jobs are spent pouring over statistics and data. We are required to have a constant understanding of every business initiative. Plus, information is coming at us non-stop.
Companies who depend on phone calls can waste massive amounts of time and effort. Without the right structure, organizations constantly wonder:
Wouldn’t it be great if all these questions were solved by the same service? And what if you didn’t have to find the data? What if you automatically had the reports and analysis emailed at the same time every day?
It would streamline your workday. You would not have to keep multitasking and flipping between business dashboards.
Most individuals can’t just stop multitasking. But we can implement helpful tools to reduce distractions and stress.
When you’re ready to get help from the pros, we would love to show you a custom demo of our time-saving and money-making marketing solutions.