Stop Multitasking! It is the Main Enemy of Our Productivity (Don't Hurt Our Brain)
In this fast-paced digital era, many people with a little bit of pride say: I'm good at multitasking, doing many things at almost the same time. I feel like my productivity has gone up because I am good at multitasking.
Various empirical studies on productivity show that doing multi-tasking will also reduce our productivity levels by up to 40%.
In these various studies, a grim fact is mentioned: routine multitasking will actually make your brain's nerve cells slower, and ultimately reduce the quality of your work in the long run.
In an experiment where the respondents' brains were scanned with MRI, it was seen that those who were multitasking experienced a decrease in focus, their concentration levels got worse, and finally, the results of their work fell short of expectations.
Why is that? Neurologists (experts on brain science) say: our human brains work sequentially, and like a coherent work process, for example from A-B-C to D.
Our brains hate if we are asked to work zigzagging, for example from A suddenly to Q, then jump to Z, and back to B, then jump again R. Our brains become not optimal if we work in a zigzag pattern. like that.
And that's what happens when we are multitasking. We move around in activities, punctuated by many interruptions. The focal point of our brains becomes easily fragmented, and we cannot pursue an activity completely. Automatically, the result will not be optimal.
The following is an example of multitasking that is often done by many people: working on reports while occasionally checking e-mails or being left scrolling through the cellphone screen, or check the contents of the chat on the WA group.
Or another example: completing a report writing, while being interrupted by a request to do something else that has nothing to do with the report writing process.
Another example of multitasking sometimes happens: doing five different types of work at almost the same time.
As mentioned above, multitasking makes our focus easily distracted; and consequently, the quality of work is not optimal, and even takes longer to complete.
Why does multitasking make us slower? Because it turns out that our brains need time to move from one focus point to another. And this frequent shift of focus makes the brain sluggish. Our work is getting slower and slower.
Besides, with multitasking, our mind's resources automatically become divided, and we cannot fully pursue a task maximally and completely. The result is the same: the quality of work is less than optimal because our mind power and energy are divided into many ways.
So productivity experts say: stop multitasking because multitasking is the main enemy of productivity; and make our performance, not of the maximum quality.
Productivity experts say the principle that should be upheld is not multitasking, but the principle of DO LESS and OBSESS. It's meaning: do a little activity, but this activity is the most vital role. In other words, focus on "Pareto Activities" or super crucial activities, which number only 1 or 2, but have a very important impact on future business performance.
After that, be obsessed with these Pareto Activities. Do this super important activity with full totality and intense focus.
Productivity expert from UC at Berkeley, Professor Morten Hansen in the book Great at Work wrote the results of his research: super-productive people only focus on 1 to 2 main tasks (very important tasks), and then focus completely on this task.
Super-productive people never multitask - or do acrobatics do 5 tasks simultaneously?
With a focus on tasks that are super important Pareto Activities and the number is small, only 1 or 2 only; then someone's performance will be more excellent. He can be more focused and total in completing his task. His energy and mind will not be fragmented like when he was doing multitasking.
Guaranteed in this way, the quality of our work will be even shakier.
Now think: what are Pareto Activities, or the most core or most important task in your profession? Choose 1 or 2 only. Then focus all your energy and total mind on working on these very important tasks.
Then stop multitasking. Moreover, working on reports while continuing to scroll the screen of the cellphone.