Multi tasking. Something every one of us has done before, some people even claim it’s a skill they have, being able to focus on multiple things at once. But in reality, that’s not the case, multi tasking is not a real thing, it’s impossible to focus on one than one thing at a time in the human mind. But for some reason people still think they can do it, so I want to tell you why it’s actually hurting you rather than helping you
YOUR BRAIN CAN ONLY FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME
Our brains are not designed to focus on multiple different things at once, they’re designed to only focus on one thing at a time, so in reality, when you’re multitasking, you’re actually just switching from one task to another really quickly. And due to rapid changes in what your brain is focusing on and working on, your brain will release, cortisol, which is the stress hormone, so when you keep switching between stuff to much you’re going to start getting stressed out, and this higher level of cortisol and stress can lead to anxiety, trouble sleeping, weight gain, fatigue, and a whole host of other problems.
BUILDS BAD HABITS
A Lot of the time when people are multitasking, they’ll have one big task in front of them, and then they’ll have their smaller things they do, like sending emails or texts, and when you send an email or a text, your brain gets a hit of dopamine, the feel good chemical, so when you do these small little tasks, you’re getting rewarded for doing things that might not actually be that effective and are pulling you away from your main work. And because you’re feeling good, your encouraged to repeat this behavior, and get into a habit of multi tasking and doing things that aren't that important
DUMBS YOU DOWN
A study done by London’s institute of Psychiatry found that there was a 10 point IQ DROP when someone was multi tasking, so when you’re trying to do multiple things and once, you’re actually getting dumber, and not only will you IQ drop, the Journal of Experimental Psychology published a paper, that found that your productivity goes down by as much as 40% when you’re multitasking
If that’s not enough to convince you to stop multitasking I don’t know what will . But I ask you to just start focusing on doing one thing to the maximum, and in a world where everyone is multitasking and getting distracted, if you can do that, you’ve already got the edge.