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Human Multitasking

Multitasking is the "ability" to perform more than one task or activity at the same time.
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Zettelkasten, March 29, 2021
## Notes - Multitasking is the "ability" to perform more than one task or activity at the same time. - In reality, the brain is incapable of performing multiple tasks simultaneously. It cannot truly multitask. [Reference](https://medicalxpress.com/news/2009-08-multitasking-ability.html) - **What you're doing is quickly shifting your attention and focus from one thing to the next.** - It isn't good for productivity. [Some researches](https://doi.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2F0096-1523.27.4.763) suggest that multitasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40%. - Distractions happen more easily when you switch from one task to another. - Cause mental blocks. - More predisposed to errors. - Even people who consider themselves heavy multitaskers are not very good at multitasking ([reference](https://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583)). - Those people were worse at sorting out relevant information from irrelevant details. - The most frightening results happened when multitaskers weren't multitasking. When chronic multitaskers were focusing on a single task, their brains were less effective and efficient. - On the other hand, multitaskers who use more than one form of media or type of technology at once perform better at integrating visual and auditory information (multisensory integration) ([reference](https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13423-012-0245-7)). ## Questions - How to minimize the negative consequences of multitasking? - Which kind of tasks or profession multitaskers performs better? ## References - [Wikipedia. Human multitasking](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_multitasking) - [Kendra Cherry. How Multitasking Affects Productivity and Brain Health](https://www.verywellmind.com/multitasking-2795003#citation-3) - [Jory MacKay. Context switching: Why jumping between tasks is killing your productivity (and what you can do about it)](https://blog.rescuetime.com/context-switching/) ## Backlinks - [Context Switching](/zettel/context-switching) - [No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs](/books/no-b-s-time-management-for-entrepreneurs)
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