Many people who believe themselves to be talented multi-taskers take pride in this fact, boasting that they can competently manage a handful of things at once. However, while multi-tasking can sometimes not be avoided – busy people often have no choice but to do more than one things at once – you should be aware of its disadvantages.
The Downsides of Multi-tasking
Some of the downsides of multi-tasking include:
- Wasted productivity – When you multi-task, you’re really just wasting productivity. You can be more efficient by devoting your full attention to one thing at a time.
- Higher risk for errors – Multi-tasking increases your risk of making preventable errors in whatever you’re doing. This is especially true when handling more than two tasks simultaneously, according to a French study.
- It’s bad for your brain – Some studies suggest that multi-tasking may actually be harmful for the brain, resulting in a greater risk of short term memory loss.
Clearly, the downsides of multi-tasking are many, and the list above is not inclusive. While we understand that not multitasking can be hard to do, especially if you’re an especially busy person, try to focus on one thing at a time as much as possible.
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