I just read an article in good ol' Mashable today about how multitasking is actually detrimental to our productivity - it's an illusion that we can do more than one thing simultaneously (in most cases). According to the article, multitasking is only possible when two conditions are met:
First, one of the tasks has to be so ingrained that no focus is necessary, and secondly, they involve different types of brain processing... We live in a culture that trumpets the value of doing many things at once — that multitasking is an asset or strength. As noted above, it only leads to decreased productivity.The author centered her comments around our hyper-connected world of mobile devices, but I think that it's applicable to many other aspects of our life. It reminds me of a Harvard Business Review article I read a few years ago about managing our energy, not our time:
To recharge themselves, individuals need to recognize the costs of energy-depleting behaviors and then take responsibility for changing them, regardless of the circumstances they’re facing.Multitasking falls into "energy-depleting behavior" if you ask my honest opinion. So I'm going to quit. I'm going to see multitasking for what it really is and just focus on one thing at a time. Needless to say, I'm feeling a little spent these days. I need to rediscover recharge exercises and re-energizing routines. And I need to be there and make the present my priority. But first I need a nap.