Multitasking. Every employer expects you to do it.
Moms are experts at it.
If you admit you can’t do it you may not get the job you interviewed for.
Multitasking has been a part of our culture for several decades now.
But did you know that at the University of London researchers found people who use multiple devices had less brain density in the part of the brain responsible for empathy and cognitive and emotional control?
I recently read the editorial in the August/September issue of Douglas Magazine entitled “Your Brain in the Age of Distraction” and found myself yelling out a resounding YES!!!!!
I hate multitasking. I am one of those people who need to focus on the task at hand to ensure that I do not make an error, because, you know, everyone wants someone who pays attention to detail. (Insert cheeky smile here.) But that’s another blog.
So I’ve never been good at multitasking. At one job I recall the boss getting frustrated with me because I couldn’t handle two or three things at once. As someone 17 years younger than me I guess she could and therefore felt that I should be able to as well.
It’s never made sense to me. What the heck is wrong with focusing on the task at hand, doing it well and getting a sense of accomplishment before moving onto the next one? I’ve always felt like employers wanted staff to multitask so they could have fewer employees, get more productivity. But that’s just my opinion. So when I read Kerry Slaven’s article in Douglas Magazine it really struck a chord with me.
How many people come to coaching because they are looking for more balance in their lives because they are juggling too many balls and they need help to decide what to focus on? How many people come to coaching simply asking for help getting focused!!!
The article, I felt, was timely.
Are you successful at multitasking? Or do you hate it when it is expected of you?
According to Slaven’s article, “numerous studies show multitasking causes the body to produce more cortisol, which leads to disjointed thinking and mental fogginess, and adrenaline, which prepares the body for fight or flight.” No wonder I get stressed out when asked to do more than one thing at a time!! I’m having a chemical meltdown inside!!!
If you’re one of those people who disagree with the concept of multitasking and want to change other’s opinions on the concept, consider spreading the article around. Perhaps together we can change the perception of seeing multitasking as a desirable skill. And maybe bring back that old belief that being single focused and doing a job well is something to be proud of.