How many of you are reading this post with 10 more tabs open on your laptop or scrolling through Instagram on your phone? We have all become efficient at multi-tasking but are we effective, that is a question we often fail to ask ourselves.
Research says that when we work on multiple things at once, what we’re essentially doing is serial tasking. This means shifting from one task to another in rapid succession. For example, if you’re reading this post now and then stopping and switching to replying to a text, you’re essentially serial tasking.
Is this serial tasking any good? Can you do multiple things at a time?
The answer is: YES, provided the nature of your tasks.
For example, you can multitask when the tasks you are working on use different parts of your brain. For example, listening to music and putting your clothes in the laundry. But when it comes to working on a project report and reading an article on productivity, you’re not going to be that effective.
So, the wise choice would be to focus on one thing at a time for these tasks. Instead of correcting mistakes later and breaking concentration every now and then, find the right balance between multitasking and single focus.
How do you go about your tasks? 🤔