Reasons why you should stop multi-tasking at work
If you're the master of doing 10 things at once or you're focused on increasing your productivity by trying to work simultaneously on tasks, it could be working against you in your work life.
A recent study released by Stanford University has revealed that multitasking can actually add stress to our lives and negatively affects our mood and productivity.
Particularly in the digital space, individuals can be bombarded with lots of information and try to switch from one task to another rather than focus on one task which can have a negative effect on their ability to get things done. Rather than multitasking people should be single tasking in the workplace.
Reasons why you should consider single tasking at work:
- Make less mistakes - Managing less tasks at the same time will allow you to make less errors during your work day.
- Boost your memory - You will be able to boost your short and long term memory
- Avoid anxiety – Multitasking can interrupt your attention and the flow of your tasks affecting worker psychologically and physically. An individual’s heart rate can rise and cause anxiety.
- Be more creative – when you are multitasking your creativity is inhibited and your critical thinking and creativity are affected due to anxiety and stress.
- Don't waste time – when you are trying to complete a series of tasks simultaneously you will be distracted while if you focus on one task you can increase productivity by up to five times.
- Improve your brainpower - your brain will become less distracted and will retain more information.
Switching to single tasking is a great way to create more structure in your work day and achieve more goals in the workplace.