People who often multitask at work end up killing their productivity. Researchers claim multitasking is surprisingly a myth and can be destructive especially for small businesses. Let’s do a reality check, are you actually efficiently multitasking or just trying hard to switch between tasks? A research by David Strayer (professor of Psychology, University of Utah) states that in reality, only 2% of people are actually able to multitask; which means what are the rest of them doing while they claim to multitask, yet unable to complete them and meet deadlines? Simple, switching inefficiently between tasks. Switching between tasks essentially results in killing your efficiency and tiring you mentally.
Multitasking flatlines work output. Psychology Today has stated that the term ‘multitasking’ is inaccurate. As mentioned earlier only about 2% people are capable of multitasking while the rest of them are in a constant fit of attempting to multitask by switching briskly between tasks. Hence, it would be more appropriate to use the term ‘task switching’. Did you know, the more you push your mind to hustle between tasks the less competent you get, require more time to complete tasks and most importantly you are bound to make more errors than usual? By task switching you are constantly interrupting your mind which out-turns in decreasing productivity. According to Professor Gloria Marks, “It takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task you were working on before”, thus multitasking/ task switching actually results in frequent mind interruption which slows your work down faster. Imagine such 3 to 4 interruptions in a day would mean over an hour is wasted and that’s about 6 to 7 productive work hours exhausted in a week.
Coming up in our next blog is – how to save your productivity from dwindling. Meanwhile, tell us how you manage to multitask, comment below!