Multitasking is so bad actually, because it disrupt everything that you do from efficiency to time management and among other things. If you have been following my blog post, you would know that I had said that efficiency is one of my top 3 personal core values in life. And to put it simple, multitasking is my greatest enemy when I try to maintain my efficiency.
Therefore, it feels like the need for me to write about the danger of multitasking because if it happens to me, probably there is a big chance it can happens to anyone else. And the sooner you know, the sooner you can start avoiding it. So here goes my nothing.
The Danger of Multitasking.
- You would produce a less quality works. Why? Because according to The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, multitasking means screwing more than one thing at a time. Yes, in other words, when you tend to multitask between your works, you tend to produce an average or below average works. Because you cannot focus more than one thing at a time. So if you want to produce a world class results, you dont want to produce an average results.
- You get distracted very easily. It happens because when you keep on changing the works during your working session, you would not mind if a distraction occurs. For example, if one of your college want to talk about something that not related to works, you would turn to ” I’m listening and working” mode. You would think I can listen to my friends and still doing my jobs. Although, most of the time, it compromise your works and the worst thing is, most of the people out there still did not acknowledge this problem at all. As for me, I try to avoid talking at all cost whenever I am writing, reading or drawing.
- It kills your brain. Science suggest and proves that multitasking is bad for your brains. Why? Because our brains are designed to focus on one thing at a time, and bombarding them with lots of things at a time only slows them down. As simple as that.
- You take longer time to complete your works. And yes, it happens to me too. I had experienced this before more than once. For instance, few months ago, whenever I am writing a first draft on my blog and I also did some research on a new ideas for my next blog post. Then, the next 15 minutes I felt like why do writing my blog is so hard nowadays and takes a longer time. Usually I don’t not feel like this because I love writing on my blog and I am a very passionate writer. After a few minutes break, I just notice that the problem would be because I am multitasking the works and I stop it completely. Now, I only focus one thing at a time and give undivided attention on my writing. Suddenly, I feels like time is on my side again and my hands keeps on writing as fast as i can think. So much, for multitasking.
- You can’t enter the FLOW. But what is the flow? It means you enter a state of work where you lost count of time. Especially when you do something that you are passionate about and you would feel like you are a part of something bigger. For me, this is a state where everyone should enter to produce extraordinary results. But, it takes about 15 minutes of doing the works to enter the flow. So if you keep on multitasking for every 5 to 10 minutes, you will never be a able to enter the flow. The results would be your works would become average.
My example of Multitasking.
- Writing my blog while listening to song. Sometimes i listen to music using my smart phone or through YouTube channel.
- Reading while listening to song. This is why I already unsubscribe from my iTunes. I need to focus. It has become a bad habits for me. Every time i read, i felt like I want listen to my playlist especially if i just downloaded a new song.
- Eating while watching TV,YouTube or Twitch. I do this a lot and my eating time become a lot longer than usual.
- Writing while researching new ideas for the latest draft. Yes, I do this for about 4 to 5 of my blog post and the quality is below average. I do a lot of plagiarism when i try to do these two things at a time. Thank God i noticed it and stopped it immediately.
- Checking my phone while blogging. And this is my biggest habit problem that i need to avoids. It has embedded with me since undergraduate study. So every time i blog, i would put my iPhone at the other room or away from my working table. And, when someone called i would ignore it.
Things you can Multitasking on.
But, this is just my opinion though because sometimes I do it and it does not effect my productivity that much.
- Running while listening to my favorite songs or podcasts.
- Riding my bike while listening to my favorite playlist.
- Working out while listen to my favorite song.
Practical Steps to Avoid Multitasking.
- Put away your smart phone from your working table.
- Turn off all your emails and other social media notifications.
- Create your own time block. Pick a few hours in a day for you to focus on doing the hardest part of your jobs. And to spice it up, do the hardest part of your job first thing in the morning.
- Respect your time and manage your time properly. You can create a to do list before you fall asleep in your journal. The point is to make you day more focus towards completing you to do list first thing in the morning.
Focus is the most important part to produce extraordinary results in your works. Plus, Virgin.com blog also stated that, when Bill Gates and Warren Buffet first met, Gate’s mother – who was on dinner-hosting duties – asked everyone around that table to identify the single most important factor accredited for their success through life. Gates and Buffet gave the same one-word answer: “Focus”.
Plus, if you already read Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, you would know that every time when Musk was reading, he would enter the zone where he lost the track of time. In other words that he had entered the state of Flow just by reading a book. For me, sometimes I can do it and mostly not. Can you do it too?