How often have you told a prospective employer in an interview that you’re an excellent multitasker? Well, it turns out that your multitasking habits are more likely slowing down the pace of your work and lowering the quality of your output. It turns out that the human brain just isn’t designed for multitasking!
Many people think that they have a special gift for multitasking. They do it all the time – firing off emails in between writing paragraphs on that report, balancing budgets on their phone while in a meeting. But according to a group of Stanford University researchers, heavy multitaskers – as in people who multitask often and genuinely feel that it improves their performance – were actually worse at multitasking than people who prefer to do one thing at a time! The frequent multitaskers performed at a lower level because they had more difficulty organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, making them slower at switching from one task to another. Another study at the University of London suggested that people who multitask experience IQ declines similar to what you would expect from someone who had stayed up all night. Find out more about the damage too much multitasking can do here.