Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Is Multitasking a Productivity Killer?: Business Collaboration News �

Is Multitasking a Productivity Killer?: Business Collaboration News �
I think it would be a miracle if the corporate world would let go of this fallacy that multitasking is a good thing, even a necessity. Sometimes it is indeed necessary but it is rarely as productive as focusing on one task at a time.

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  1. Oh my this is truly profound. I thought I was the only one who believed this. My former store manager would make a list of 5 things to do and then say, Check on your snack center (food and drink area) every 5 minutes or so. 2 minutes later he'd be yelling at me to run the register. Then add more things for me to do on the floor even if I hadn't completed his first list. I felt like I was going crazy and NOTHING would get done. If he just let me do things on my own, I would do one thing then move on to another.
    Although I can multitask, it has to be at my own pace and I work so much better when I can focus on one thing and give it %110, not give 11 things, %10 of my attention.

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  2. I think it's so hard to be a mother and not multitask but where one can avoid doing so, it surely can't hurt. That's why I like the block schedule for myself. When I devote the hour between now and an hour from now to one thing, yes, I may get distracted with a dog wanting to go out now and now an hour from now but when I hit the "Now what was it I was doing?" moment, I can easily say, "Oh yeah. It's almost 8am so I was probably doing that."

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