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Why Multi-tasking is not Good (Bite-size Article)


Nowadays, many people find themselves caught up in multi-tasking, dealing with multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously. This is true even in professions like programming, where the need to address various tasks on a daily basis is commonplace.

While managing multiple tasks is a necessary skill in contemporary workplaces, it's essential to understand the drawbacks of multi-tasking and be mindful of how we approach it.

In this article, I will explore the disadvantages of multi-tasking and introduce ideas on considerations and approaches.

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Firstly, let's delve into why caution is needed when it comes to multi-tasking. The potential drawbacks of multi-tasking include:

  • Decreased Quality of Work: Handling multiple tasks simultaneously can lead to a reduction in the quality of each task. This is because the brain's memory has limitations, and dividing attention among tasks diminishes focus on each one.

  • Increased Time Investment: multi-tasking tends to elongate the time spent on tasks. The broad dispersion of attention across multiple tasks negatively impacts the efficiency of individual tasks.

  • Stress: Juggling multiple tasks simultaneously places a burden on the brain, leading to fatigue and stress.

Focusing on one task at a time can mitigate these issues and improve overall efficiency.

How to Focus on One Task

However, in reality, the tasks you need to accomplish during your workday are rarely limited to just one. To aid in such situations, various tools like to-do list applications come in handy.

In my opinion, here are a few ways to address this:

  • Build Awareness to Focus on One Task: Establish a simple rule to work on only one task at a time. Combining this with techniques like the Pomodoro Timer can be highly effective. Personally, I use tools like Logseq and TaskChute, which are task lists with built-in timers, providing real-time insights into time allocation.

  • Organize Multiple Tasks (To Avoid Getting Lost): While you should concentrate on one task at a time, organizing all of your tasks is crucial. Utilizing to-do list apps allows you to consolidate and prioritize all your tasks. Once a task is completed, you can move on to the next one from the list.

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How did you find these ideas? While I've simplified the concepts here, feel free to combine and tweak them according to your situation. Multi-tasking is a reality we face, but with thoughtful strategies, we can navigate it more efficiently.

Thank you for reading!

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