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Multitasking is bad for Productivity. Monotasking is Better

According to research, Multi-tasking can make us LESS productive. The better thing to do is "monotasking," which is better for our health and productivity.

Monotasking is doing one task at a time.

The trouble with multitasking, is out brains aren't wired to tackle more than one task at a time. Thatcher Wine, author of "The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better", says quote, “What we’re actually doing when we try to multitask is ‘task switching. All that task switching comes at a cost. It overloads our brains and causes a significant amount of stress. [Additionally], studies have shown that tasks take longer and we make more mistakes than if we had done one thing at a time.”

Today put together this list of signs that multitasking is working against you:

  • You struggle to pay attention to the task at hand.
  • You’re susceptible to distractions.
  • You frequently make mistakes or misunderstand an assignment.
  • You feel burnt out, especially as the day goes on.
  • You often forget details from interactions.
  • Your interactions with others don’t feel as meaningful.
  • Others sometimes ask for your attention.

Today also put together this list of ways to improve your focus

  • Turn phone notifications off or put your plane in airplane mode.
  • Keep your phone in another room or in your bag when spending time with others.
  • Close your email window.
  • Change your Slack status to “focusing” and pause notifications.
  • Schedule time for deep focus (put it on your calendar, if necessary).
  • Set a time limit for how long you want to focus on a task and work through the set period of time.
  • Identify other common distractions and remove/mitigate them as best as you can.

Source: Today

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