What is multitasking?
Multitasking is the ability to do more than one task or activity at the same time. – Wikipedia
Or it can also be defined as switching from one task to another. For example sending a mail, then writing a tweet, then talking to a client on call, then finishing a presentation. But you are not the only person guilty for multitasking. Because we somehow find it a good skill. But to be honest, it is the skill that you should remove from your resume. Because it kills productivity and much more. So, here are few reasons you should stop multitasking.
Reasons to stop multitasking.
1. You face stress.
Switching from one task to another causes a lot of stress. As our brain is designed to concentrate on one thing at a time. And while switching from one task to another our brain takes more time to do the tasks. As the task takes more time it would normally take it causes lots of stress. Also, completing one task at a time would make you feel successful, whereas juggling between several tasks and still not able to complete one task will feel like a failure. All of this leads to stress.
2. More tasks will lead to more mistakes.
As our attention is diverted in many activities it leads to mistakes. As your focus id diverted at several things at the same time. You cannot filter the irrelevant mistakes. It leads to cross firing and over lapping of tasks. Imagine you are doing multiple tasks at the same time, you are writing a mail, speaking on the phone and
3. Lower work quality.
As already mentioned above that multitasking leads to mistakes. And which leads to lower work quality. The quality of work is reduced in the work of people who multitasks. As it reduces our IQ, productivity, creativity and efficiency.
4. Slow work speed.
While multitasking people often think that they are working fast or there work speed is increased. But in real, it is actually opposite of that. While multitasking the work speed is reduced. As while doing several tasks at the same time we take more time to shift and process from one task to another.
5. It affects your memory.
Many researches have shown that multitaskers have reduced memory. As they couldn’t pay attention to tasks they are actually and are more likely to forget about them later on. If you don’t know what you are doing in the first place how will you remember it in the second place.
6. Lower Creativity.
Multitasking lowers and even kills our creativity. Because we are not able to generate ideas as he ideas are born from the activities in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, whereas this particular area can only focus on one thing at a time. So, while multitasking you are just doing work, you are not actually able to think and you are just juggling from one task to another at the same time.
7. Waste of time.
While multitasking it might seem to you that that you are saving time or actually being more efficient but in real you are just changing your focus from one activity to another. And in real that is more time consuming plus the work quality is also decreased. You make mistakes more mistakes, so a lot of time is wasted in correcting those mistakes
Multitasking reduces the performance, efficiency and productivity of a person. With that it also affect the mental health or living of a person, it causes stress and reduces creativity, leads to memory loss and much more. So, as fascinating or cool it might sound or you think multitasking is stop doing it for your own good.