On the surface, it seems as though multitasking would make a great productivity tool. After all, if you can book a plane ticket and quickly shoot off an email while you’re on a phone meeting at work, why not? Haven’t you just masterfully killed two birds with one stone? Shouldn’t you be congratulated for being a brilliant time manager?
Research says no.
Multitasking will drop your I.Q. faster than smoking pot.
One study showed that workers distracted by incoming email and text messages saw a whopping 10-point drop in their I.Q.s.
What’s the effect of a 10-point drop in I.Q.? It’s the same as losing an entire night’s sleep, and more than twice the effect of smoking marijuana.
Multitasking slashes your productivity by as much as 40%.
We delude and fool ourselves into believing that we’re getting more done by multitasking. In reality, a day of multitasking results in less accomplishment, less productivity, and at the end of the day, something perhaps worse than mere low productivity.
Multitasking skyrockets feelings of stress and anxiety, eating away at the enjoyment of free time.
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