Are You Single or Multi?

On February 18th, 2014, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 1 Comment

We live in a busy, busy world! When you look at the pace of life, it’s much faster than it was just 20 years ago. To accomplish more, Picture2many people practice multi-tasking. But is that wise? Would single-mindedness serve us better in the long run? Let’s compare.

Single-minded:

  • You are focused on one thing
  • You concentrate all your attention toward a specific task
  • You block out distractions
  • You efficiently finish projects in less time

Multi-tasking:

  • You attempt to focus on 2 or more things at the same time
  • Your hands may do one thing while your brain is doing another
  • You’re more prone to making mistake
  • Creativity suffers because your working memory is all used up

Experts estimate that switching between tasks can cause a 40% loss in productivity. The illusion that multi-tasking helps you get more done is just that – an illusion.

Does it depend on what you’re doing? What can you multi-task effectively? What requires single-mindedness?

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One Response to Are You Single or Multi?
  1. I can walk and chew gum at the same time but if I try talking it sounds slurred. I can eat and read or eat and data process at the same time. Don’t ask me to data process important stuff and talk at the same time as that will lead to odd data and probably an undecipherable sentence or two. I know I have l limits that would cause Six Sigma at a major company to go out the door as they expect multi tasking with perfection. Maybe a robot can do it but those that I know of that could be reasonably successful were dull conversationalists.


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