How Avoiding Multitasking Can Affect Your Productivity

It’s become hard to notice but, in this time and age, we multitask almost all the time. We look at our phones while walking, we listen to music while doing work, and sometimes we even do more than two things at once. Though many people say that multitasking helps them get their work done, it’s not necessarily the same for everyone. In fact, multitasking can affect our productivity negatively even. Here’s how:

 

Multitasking makes us more stressed

Every time you’ll have to multitask at work, you’re already putting yourself under stress. You’re going around here and there, doing this and that, and everything just becomes hectic. Think about it the next time you’re about to do it and see the difference between multitasking and not multitasking. You’ll see that you’re less stressed when you don’t have to do a lot of things at once.

Multitasking leads you to make more mistakes

Naturally, you will make mistakes because your focus is divided. Doing multiple tasks at once will obviously take a toll on your mind. For example, let’s say for some wild reason, you’re doing two projects at one time. Now, you have information you plan to put on one project but you put it on the other. You don’t notice it because your attention is already foggy. This is just one of the many crucial mistakes that can happen when you do too many things at once.

Multitasking gets in the way of your progress

With the two points mentioned above, you can easily see that multitasking significantly affects your progress negatively. For one, you become more stressed with your work. It will then become easier to experience more burnout or even lose motivation as a whole. You’ll also have to waste more time trying to fix the mistakes you make because of multitasking.

Multitasking can affect our brainpower

It’s been found that multitasking can also be damaging to our memory. For instance, while you’re on the way to work, you plan to pick up some food. But then, later on, you forget to do it because you were walking while looking at your phone the whole time. This sounds too simple but it’s small things like this that build up sooner or later. Our short-term memory is also affected when we’re focused on something, and then suddenly act on something else.

Our brains do not want us to multitask

Why? Because our minds are not made to multitask, that’s simply the case. Although our minds are great in almost all aspects, it’s still not recommended that we keep multitasking. If you’ve noticed, we even sometimes have difficulty focusing on just one task, how much more with two or three.

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