The Problem with Multitasking

In this fast-paced world, we feel the urge to stay on top of everything, to the point of letting time (or lack thereof) dictate our lives. We have more to do now than ever and sometimes we don’t really know where to begin. To compensate, we try to fit everything in all at once and this is where multitasking enters and ultimately falters. Sure, multitasking is great for office work but it kills creativity. When you are working on a project such as a novel amidst other projects, jumping from task to task may seem like an efficient way to get things done but in reality it slows the whole process down. In order to do a job and to do it well, you need to devote a specific number of hours to said task in order to give it your full, undivided attention. This is not to say that multitasking won’t work for some people (or under certain work conditions) but to my knowledge, it is seldom successful and, more often than not, inhibits progress.

My to-do-list doesn’t seem to end these days, I am trying to accomplish so many things at once and it can be daunting. As a result, I sometimes find myself trying to cram all of it into one day. The outcome? Certain tasks are completed but not to the best of my ability, they’ve been rushed, not given enough thought before I’ve already moved on to the next task at hand. So you see the problem? It’s bad for creativity and bad for productivity (although I will say again that it can work for some people and you just need to discover whether it works for you).

On the other hand, when I worked in blocks and assigned myself a larger chunk of time to work on specific projects, I produced better quality of work. This is because I didn’t feel rushed and yet efficiency came about more naturally, I had enough time to do all the preparation for the task, followed by the actual work. The result? More work done and to a higher standard.

My advice to you is to reconsider this whole idea of multitasking and to figure out what your work rhythm is. Sometimes I will assign a day of the week to concentrate on a specific project and to focus solely on that project. Other times, an entire week. But again, what works best for me may not work best for you. It’s all about trying different things and identifying when you are at your most productive. From then on, you can create a timetable that will work for you.

I hope this helps. Share your thoughts with me in the comment section.

Have an awesome day!

XOXO. Nina.

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