Earlier I’ve written about multi-tasking and published a small interaction to help you draw conclusions about it. When multitasking, productivity decreases up to 40% and stress rises. Our lives would be happier, healthier, and more productive if they just focused on doing one thing at a time. Harvard Business Review’s Peter Bregman spent a week consciously not multitasking and writes about it.
• First, it was delightful
• Second, I made significant progress on challenging projects
• Third, my stress dropped dramatically
• Fourth, I lost all patience for things I felt were not a good use of my time
• Fifth, I had tremendous patience for things I felt were useful and enjoyable
• Sixth, there was no downside
He provides great information about how to stop as well – well worth a read. Hit the jump – How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking