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5 Reasons Multitasking Doesn’t Work

Joan Jerkovich - April 7, 2016 1:14 am

It feels so good to get five things done at once! We feel super productive and on top of the mountain of our “to do” list!

Go ahead…let the feel good sink in…for a while…because I’m about to burst your bubble…with this awful little truth…

Multitasking DOES NOT work!

Here are 5 reasons why multitasking doesn’t work:

1. Your Brain Is Less Efficient On Multitask Mode

No one can do 2 things at once! Truth is, switching between activities slows down your brain activity. As you divert your attention from one task to the other, different areas of your brain are activated.

That in itself is not a bad thing, it’s just that switching between areas of your brain make you LESS EFFICIENT, and can even affect the quality of your work!

2. Chronic Multitaskers Risk Turning Into Chronic Deadheads

People who are addicted to multitasking find that, over time, their ability to filter out unwanted information declines. Making a habit of scattering your thoughts and actions, can lead to a “scatterbrained” deadhead. Keeping and holding your attention to one task at a time becomes more difficult.

Practice does make perfect, but in this instance, practicing multitasking can work against you.

3. Multitasking Can Make You Unlikable

We all know that to get along well in this world, we need to be nice to others. Yet, no one likes the multitasker who ignores us, or prioritizes their cell phone over us, or is grumpy when interrupted from their task at hand.

When is “doing 5 things at once” more important than paying attention to the people around you? Let go of the multitasking, so that you can focus on the people that enter your circle of awareness.

4. Diverting Your Focus Makes You Less Creative

In order to birth a creative idea, you need to focus your attention and thoughts. Quiet time is needed. Concentration is key. Your baby of creation needs to stay in focus, or it won’t grow and develop.
Multitasking increases your chance of a miscarriage, or collapse, of the creativity you need to birth your next great idea!

5. Doing Too Many Things At Once Slows Your Progress

The number one reason that multitasking slows you down from getting things done; relates to the “Start” and “Stop” factor. Every time you switch between tasks, you have to stop the last one…to start the next one…to stop that one…to start another one…you get the idea.

Too many starts and stops are huge time wasters, so STOP MULTITASKING once and for all!

So, you ask, “If multitasking DOESN’T WORK? WHAT DOES?”


Listen this weekend to “The Joan Jerkovich Show” to learn what “CHUNKING” is, and how to make it work for you. Plus, hear what the experts have to say about the inefficiencies of multitasking.

Joan Jerkovich, BCC Board Certified Life Coach

Joan Jerkovich, BCC
Board Certified Life Coach

The Joan Jerkovich Show
News Radio 1150 KSAL
Saturdays @ 6am & Sundays @ 9pm CST
Podcast posts to KSAL.com Mondays

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