Brain Multi-tasking

MoreSuccess

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Do you multi-task? We probably all do. But as shown in this recent Psychology Today article, your brain cannot actually multi-task, rather it's inefficiently switching back and forth between tasks. As the article points out, trying to do too much at once can have negative outcomes and lead to poor decision making and less creativity.

The article has a lot of great suggestions I won't list here, however it fundamentally comes down to setting priorities on what you need to focus on, don't let things overwhelm you and you'll be more effective and more efficient.

This really merits consideration, it's easy to think we're being more productive by doing more things at once, however at what cost? Any thoughts on this?
 

zararina

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We really tend to do several things at a time specially it is really possible to do so. I think for activities that requires more concentration, it will be harder to multi task so better focus on it to be able to accomplished it correctly. Just ike online, we could chat and scan emails, two activities that can be done side by side.
 

AmazingP

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Because there is only 24 hours in a single day, people in our modern age are more prone to apply multi-tasking presumably to do so many things all within a limited time. In fact, most companies might be gauging productivity based on how an employee can do various tasks simultaneously. But there is a big question of quality because our brain is not really built for multi-tasking. Eventually, focus and attention would suffer.