Number one enemy that kills your productivity!

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Did you know that multitasking can reduce your productivity by as much as 40%?  

Before I thought that multitasking seemed like a terrific way to get a lot done at once as well as to stand out from the crowd. I used to consider those people who could not multitask as lazy, I was wrong.  

While trying to find new ways to be more effective, I came across an article from Forbes written by Travis Bradberry. The article was against my own beliefs, however, now my beliefs have changed, and I have adopted a new state of mind. I do not multitask, and I do not recommend it. 

“Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time.” 

I read once a job announcement that emphasized that the person being applied must be on the nerves of time and manage many different tasks at the same time. Is this even possible? 

Already by trying to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.  

When a computer is loaded with many different programs open at the same it loses its effectiveness and overheats. The brain works the same way. Too frequent switching of tasks interferes with brain function.  

When many deadlines approach the stress rises and the rush increases. Sounds like normal human behavior. It is at this point that usually when people stumble into a pit the of multitasking.  

 What is known about stress? Prolonged stress impairs thinking and memory.  

Your brain will function better when you get to focus on one thing at a time. 

How to avoid multitasking?  

  • Just focus on one task. 
  • Limit phone use unless it is related to work. 
  • Do not use social media unless it is related to that task! 
  • Do not postpone the task, start doing it right away. 
  • Plan when and what you do 
  • Do not pile up too much work for yourself! 

Postponing work is quite common, at least for me. I fall into it very often. What is yours? 

When I hear that someone can do multitasking, I smile. Multitasking is a myth. 

Sincerely yours,

Merveille Bivu Ndonga
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