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5 Tips For Boosting Your Productivity
2. Stop multitasking
Multitasking is one of the most pernicious lies of the modern world. We are encouraged to do it in school and in the workplaces. Job postings will list “multitasker” as one of the qualities the employer seeks in a candidate. But the fact is that multitasking makes us LESS productive, not more. Recent research has proven it is neurologically impossible to multitask and think clearly and efficiently at the same time. Here’s why.
When you switch from one task to another, you brain has to store all the ideas you were just thinking about and store them in what’s called temporal memory.Your brain then has to clear out your “working memory”, and then retrieve information from your long-term memories which is relevant to the new task you are about to perform.
a. When you switch back to first task, guess what? That’s right, your brain has to do the whole process over again!
b. When you understand this, you will see how ludicrous it is to try and do multiple jobs at the same time.
c. When you’re working, turn off your phone. Don’t check your email. Odds are, you are not President of the United States. You don’t need to be “on call” at all times. The world is not going to end if you don’t return a phone call until after you’re done with your work.
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