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Is Multitasking Hurting Your Productivity?

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.

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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:

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?

Is multitasking hurting your productivity?

Image Credit: Infographic via Visual.ly

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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6:00PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Unfortunately, business LOVES multi-tasking, piling more and more work on already stressed employees as they phase out job after job, subtly implying that if one can't take on the extra work, there's somebody out there waiting in the wings to take on your job. I finally had to reach a point of stepping off the rat wheel, because if left to their own devices, many businesses will simply run you into the ground heartlessly.

2:24PM PST on Feb 8, 2014

Thank you!

11:23AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

Sometimes I wonder if there's an addiction to the sense of busyness that comes from multitasking, like an adrenaline rush. Thanks.

1:31AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

One thing at a time.
Thank you for the reminder.

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8:37AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

If you can't successfully pull off multitasking, in today's business environment.

Well, there's another round of downsizing on the horizon.

7:23AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Thanks for your post.You have arise correct point. Multitasking has rapidly taken our lives,multitasking ironically,often make us less efficient,We can see what happen in the brain when people try to perform more then one complex task at a time.The news isn't good.Because this causes an overload of brain processing capacity.

4:00AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

2:02AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Multitask rarely.
But occasionally it's OK; it also depends on the person and the "task".

1:36AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

It is important that now studies show that multi-tasking creates so much more stress in our lives. We all need to take it one-step-at-a-time.

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