Is Multitasking Hurting Your Productivity?
We live in a multitasking culture, but that scattered focus might just be slowing us down.
As a work-at-home mom to an 11-month-old baby, I am no stranger to multitasking. I check email while feeding my baby, keep up with social media while working on my writing assignments, and listen to news podcasts while cooking supper. I’m basically never doing just one thing.
All of that multitasking might just be hurting me, and it may be hurting you, too. According to the graphic below, here are a few of the negative effects of multitasking:
- It can lower IQ.
- It can lower productivity.
- It can increase your error rate.
The graphic below is clearly trying to sell video conferencing software, but the statistics that it shares about multitaskins are still very eye-opening. I did a little bit of independent digging about the effects of multitasking and found some interesting information:
- People who multitask have a harder time filtering through noise for important information, even when focusing on a single task. That suggests that multitasking changes our brain chemistry.
- When you multitask, you’re also less likely to find satisfaction in your projects.
- Trying to focus on more than 1-2 tasks at a time has a measurable impact on our stress levels.
I wonder how much I’ve missed and how much I’ve stressed myself out by checking my blog stats during a meeting or sneaking a peek at Facebook during conference calls. I’d love to hear what you think about multitasking! Do you tend to do multiple things at once? If so, do these numbers have you rethinking that inclination to juggle more than one thing at a time?
Image Credit: Infographic via Visual.ly