Are you proud of your multi-tasking? Do you believe you are more productive when you take on multiple tasks at once… conserving your precious time? You may be surprised to learn in reality, those who perform one task at a time actually get more done and with more detail and accuracy.
We have been almost forced into this way of performing due to our increasingly fast-paced world and it seems taking on more than one task at a time is a necessity. In fact, those who boast they are “great multi-taskers”, are feeling more stressed than those to choose to complete one task at a time.
This can cause sleep problems, mental and physical health issues. This also creates a mindset of “it’s not great but good enough”, which can cause errors and inefficiency. When performance review time comes, you may be shocked to learn even though you are working “hard”, you have not performed as well as you believe. Check out my Work Smart, Get Sleep online courses.
Multi-tasking has been studied by many and the results suggest not only can it lower your IQ by 15%, it can in fact cause damage to the brain! (This needs more study but the current findings are very troubling.) Refer to www.entrepreneur.com/article/244376.
The brain is designed to focus on one task at a time with much brain power being assigned to that task giving us what we need to complete it. When we switch from one task to another, our brain needs to “reboot”, therefore interrupting the thought process. When we return to the former task, the brain reboots again and cannot just pick up where it left off. It has to recall what had transpired before the interruption and that loses precious time.
Sometimes multi-tasking habits develop as a result of attention deficit problems, perhaps caused by prior brain trauma. When the brain experiences a trauma sometimes thinking becomes a bit scrambled, therefore causing us to jump from one activity to another due to inability to focus on a task for very long. If this is the case, it is very important to use whatever relaxation process that will help calm the brain. Brainwave Optimization® is an effective tool which can create deep relaxation and calmness, allowing the brain to quiet and balance its own brain rhythms for optimum brain performance. For more information, go to www.advantageworkplaceintegration.com/brain-balancing.
The best way to prevent the tendency to multi-task is to take the time to get organized and schedule your activities each day (the night before.) Setting out a plan will help reduce your stress and promote better focus.