Multitasking Hurts More than your Productivity

If you’re like many in the American workforce, you’ve probably noticed that it’s fairly common to put “multitasking” as a skill on a resume or even tout it as one of your greatest strengths in an interview. In the HR/Payroll/Benefits industry, we have to stay on top of constantly changing regulations, paperwork and much more – so we can definitely relate. However, in recent years, research has shown that multitasking is something of which we should definitely not be proud.

Beyond simply hurting your productivity, research shows that multitasking can lower your IQ.

In one particular study, men who multitasked – i.e. wrote an email during a meeting – had a drop in IQ resulting in diminished cognitive capacity equivalent to a third-grader. What’s worse? New research shows this may cause permanent cognitive damage.

With the constant advances in technology, as a society we are more connected than ever before.

Utilizing computers, smartphones, fitness trackers and perhaps even the new Apple Watch, we have access to multiple streams of information 24/7. Simultaneously watching TV while using Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and playing Candy Crush (just to name a few) hurts our ability to pay attention and recall information – even something we might’ve read or seen just moments before.

So knowing all this, what can you do?

Next time you’re in a meeting, make it a point to put your phone away, close your computer (or if you’re taking notes, at least close all windows not pertaining to your meeting and deactivate your internet and email) and give your full attention to the task at hand.

Make the best use of your time tackling individual tasks at 100% mental capacity rather than doing sub-par work as a result of trying to tackle 3 or 4 items simultaneously. Not only will your job performance improve, you’ll have higher self and social-awareness leading to continued success and improved work relationships.

Read more about this important topic:  http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244376