I am actually a strong believer in multi-tasking; just in very specific situations.
The “M” word. Multi-tasking.
Where do you fall on the “multi-tasking” vote? Are you in favor of it or do you think it actually makes you less productive?
Multi-tasking has definitely gotten a bad rap lately, so I wanted to chime in on the topic. As a Time Management and Productivity Coach, most people expect me to shout from the roof tops that multitasking is always bad. But, I am actually a strong believer in multi-tasking; just in very specific situations. With that said, I also agree that not all multi-tasking is beneficial and more often than not, it can actually be counterproductive.
Any time you find yourself trying to split your focus between two things that really require or deserve your full attention, it’s not good.
For example, texting while driving? NOT good.
Answering texts and messages while helping children with homework? Usually doesn’t end well.
Muting a conference call while responding to emails? Nope, not good. You just heard someone say your name and you have no idea what they were just talking about.
Any type of multi-tasking where you are trying to play two roles at once means nothing is getting your full attention. No one wins.
I do, however, have five times or places where I multi-task like a PRO and it helps me stay on task. For realz. Multi-tasking is actually GREAT in these situations:
Take a look at your latest “to-do” list. Where can you actually multi-task in a way that is beneficial? Intentional multi-tasking CAN help you achieve more in less time!