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7 Reasons to Not Multitask

Multitasking used to be considered the go-to for anyone looking to make enough money to be driving a Ferrari by 40. But as recent studies show, multitasking is actually more of a hindrance than a help. And as Kristy Dickerson says in a guest post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, multitasking can lead to negative consequences. Among the most notable of these consequences are the following:

  • Loss of focus
  • Loss of memory
  • Decrease in productivity
  • Disorganization
  • Inconsistent results
  • Heightened stress levels
  • Increased costs

Take One Task at a Time

Having several things happening simultaneously draws much of your attention away from each individual action. Instead of putting all of your energy into a single event, it has to be spent managing several different ones. This loss of focus can harm what can be completed at each interval and can lead to varying levels of results due to what was focused on at which time.

Work isn’t the only thing that can suffer from multitasking. The brain gets overworked during multitasking, and this overworking leads to memory loss and heightened stress levels. Working on an important call and a spreadsheet at the same time puts unnecessary stress on the brain, and all of those details can be hard to recall at a later time. Multitasking also harbors disorganization, as it introduces new tasks to be done constantly instead of the prior ones.

This can also affect cost in general, as Dickerson points out:

The financial impact of multitasking can hurt the chances of survival of your business overall. In fact, according to a report by Kronos, a workforce innovation company, around £60 billion is lost by UK businesses per year due to time wasted by employees doing unnecessary tasks.

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