Multitasking: A Special Skill or Problematic?
I recently read a article by Dr. Travis Bradberry, cofounder of TalentSmart the worlds leading provider of emotional intelligence test and training. He had something very interesting to say about “Multitasking”. He states “You’ve likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.” He continues to say, “Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.” Lastly and most important Dr. Bradberry states “So every time you multitask you aren’t just harming your performance in the moment: you may very well be damaging an area of your brain that’s critical to your future success at work.”
Now that is something to think about!
Regards to you and a balanced life!