Multitasking and Its Effect on Productivity

by Jennifer Miller on August 16, 2012

in Personal Effectiveness, Workplace Issues

Ever since I discovered research by Chabris and Simon on the ineffectiveness of multitasking, I’ve been like a dog with a bone on uncovering its harmful effects. According to the infographic The Perils of Multitasking by, there are numerous studies that have explored the detriments of trying to do more than one thing at a time.

The segment on work productivity caught my eye. Wow, really? Like losing a full night’s sleep? That’s not productive.


Multitasking and productivity infographic


Tip for regaining your focus:

When I used to work  in a busy corporate office, I would proactively block off my Outlook/Lotus notes calendar (at least one time a week) with  a “meeting” with myself. I would schedule a conference room for this meeting, and invest that time doing “heads down” work. If someone sent me a meeting request during that time, I’d most often say, “I’m sorry, I’m booked at that time.” (Of course, common sense dictates: if the company president sent me an invite, then my “meeting” got rescheduled.)

If you don’t give yourself permission to create focus, who will?

to be productive you must be focused



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