The Myth of Multitasking

Guess what? You can’t multitask.

No one can.

Sure, our brain at any given time is handling a ton of automated tasks like breathing and digestion, but when it comes to cerebral things to get done, it cannot multitask.

So what is it doing?

It is microtasking. It is going back and forth between things so rapidly that you think you are multitasking but in reality you are not. Doing paperwork and listening to the television? Your brain goes back and forth- listening to the tv for a tiny bit of time and focuses back on the paperwork for a tiny bit of time. Because of that, many people believe that they are multitasking.

However, when that is happening, the chance for error increases and the time it takes to complete the tasks involved increases. So while it may feel that time is being saved, in actuality, it is not.

The more efficient way is to block tasks. If there is a paperwork to be done, remove all distractions (turn off the tv, phone notifications, etc) and sit down and do that one task. It will get done faster with less chance of mistakes.