Brain Tip of the Week: Stop Multitasking

Think you’re great at multitasking? Think again!

Many of us like to multitask because we think it helps us get more done in less time. But study after study has proven that multitasking is actually a terrible idea.

One researcher found that multitaskers are terrible at keeping information organized in their head, ignoring irrelevant ideas and switching between tasks. Another study found that multitasking with electronic media can actually decrease your IQ.

So what’s going on? As it turns out, your brain actually isn’t capable of focusing on two things at once. What we call multitasking comes from our ability to switch between two tasks incredibly quickly. Unfortunately, all that switching takes a toll – you become both less productive and more tired as the day goes on.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to stop multitasking.

This week, stop doing a million things at once and try focusing on one task at a time. Writing a presentation? Turn off your phone and mute your email notifications – or even disconnect completely from the Internet! You could also read The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw. The book offers several ways to organize your work so you’re not constantly switching between tasks.

Still not convinced? Try this: focus on single-tasking for just one day, and compare your output to how productive you are on a normal workday when you’re multitasking. The difference might surprise you.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Think you’re great at multitasking? Think again!

Many of us like to multitask because we think it helps us get more done in less time. But study after study has proven that multitasking is actually a terrible idea.

One researcher found that multitaskers are terrible at keeping information organized in their head, ignoring irrelevant ideas and switching between tasks. Another study found that multitasking with electronic media can actually decrease your IQ.

So what’s going on? As it turns out, your brain actually isn’t capable of focusing on two things at once. What we call multitasking comes from our ability to switch between two tasks incredibly quickly. Unfortunately, all that switching takes a toll – you become both less productive and more tired as the day goes on.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to stop multitasking.

This week, stop doing a million things at once and try focusing on one task at a time. Writing a presentation? Turn off your phone and mute your email notifications – or even disconnect completely from the Internet! You could also read The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw. The book offers several ways to organize your work so you’re not constantly switching between tasks.

Still not convinced? Try this: focus on single-tasking for just one day, and compare your output to how productive you are on a normal workday when you’re multitasking. The difference might surprise you.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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