The Multitasking Myth

According to a 2005 study published by the University of London Institute of Psychiatry, “ Workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers”.

The most benign interruptions have a similar effect on productivity as arriving at a 4-way-stop intersection. It is just not possible to make frequent stops and maintain speed at the same time.  So, even if you don’t get lost, you’re still not making very good time.

Frequently, repeat interruptions create a sort of panic effect, causing a new association, and a new “priority”.  Before you know it, an hour has slipped away, and the number #1 item on your desk has not been addressed.

This is the constant challenge of  individuals with attention challenges such as with ADD and other neuro-exceptionalities.  For everyone else, common wellness issues such as sleep or food deprivation, or even a stuffy nose can lower alertness to this point.

Living up to the multitasking myth is a daily struggle for many of my clients. This is where adapted productivity tools come in to play.  Tools such as visual and auditory cues, as well as an appropriately organized workspace, help many people get back on track, in spite of interruptions.

We live in a time where multi-tasking is a requirement, even if it is not ideal for productivity.

If you or someone in your team is having trouble keeping up, it could be that adapted tools and skills would make a huge difference.  A productivity assessment will give us the answers you need to have a happier and more productive life.  Visit the Corporate Services page of my website to find out how I can help you and your team beat the multitasking myth!

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