3 Benefits To Avoiding Multi-Tasking

large_5932823913For those of us who are easily bored or distracted, multi-tasking is one way to get through the day.  However, did you know that most of the time when people multitask, their work suffers?  In this blog I’m going to talk about an article I read in HR Magazine that points out three benefits to avoiding the temptation to multi-task.

Whether you multi-task to create brain stimulation or to appear busy (let’s face it, we’ve all done it) multi-tasking is a talent very few humans actually possess.  Think back to your college days and trying to read while your roommate is listening to music or watching T.V.  It didn’t go so well, did it?  The same thing happens when we’re trying to focus on a project but we take “mental breaks” in the midst of the project to check email, Facebook, and our phones.  These are all distractions that force our brains to shift directions drastically and quickly.  Believe it or not, the same thing happens when trying to do two work related tasks at the same time.  Neither project’s output is going to be excellent; one or both of the projects are going to suffer because you can’t give 100% effort to two things at the same time.  When you focus your attention on one project at a time, three things happen:

  1. Work becomes more thorough
  2. You become more creative
  3. You’re less tired at the end of the day

Are you exhausted when five o’clock hits and fear you’re going to fall asleep on the way home?  That’s because multi-taskers are using their brain like a muscle all day long and it needs a break.  Do this by meditating, going for a walk, or just focusing on singing your favorite song one the way home.  Now, before you move your workspace to a cave in an effort to avoid distractions that tempt you to multi-task, consider some situations where doing two things at once is a good thing.  Think about the last time you were stuck on a project and a coworker rescued you from your mental block by engaging in conversation with you.  Whether you were able to talk about your project or not, stepping away and having face-to-face conversation with another person may have given you a fresh perspective.

Are you a chronic multi-tasker?  Lighten your load when you have multiple projects you need to focus on and contact Serenity Staffing.  By outsourcing for your staffing needs, you free yourself up to focus on more employee-focused tasks.  To learn more about how Serenity Staffing can work for you, follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn where we post our weekly blog updates!