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Multi-Tasking: Is It Really Efficient?

Recent studies are showing that multitasking is not all that people think it is cracked up to be. John Medina, a brain researcher, states that we lose efficiency every time we switch from one task to another. In addition, Mr. Medina mentioned that the likelihood of errors also increases with multitasking. What should we do instead of multitasking? The answer, states Medina, is to create blocks of time and assign each time period a specific task. In other words, by creating no-interrupt zones we will produce higher quality work, faster. While this will take discipline and some behavioral changes, the increase in productivity makes it well worthwhile. 

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2010-12-14 at 07:17 AM
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