by Paul Hammerness, MD, and Margaret Moore
Many believe that multitasking is necessary. It’s a must if you want to complete tasks both in a workplace and personal life. Some see it as a skill absolutely vital for effectiveness and productivity. Those who handle more than one task at a time can be proud. Digital technology makes it even easier. You can email, write a report or text while at a meeting or on a call.
But is it always beneficial to multitask? What happens to our brain when we try to complete more than one job at a time? Human brain studies confirm that we are very sensitive to distractions. Productivity and effectiveness can decrease when there is more than one task to focus on. 6-9 min of interruption at work means 4-5 min for recovery. Recovery of sharp focus and attention to details that in fact lead to better quality of work.
The good news is that you can Train Your Brain to ignore distractions and learn to focus on task that requires your full attention.
How? Read on in Harvard Business Review.
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