#007 – Multitasking: The Myth of Multitasking … Or Is It? [Podcast]

Multitasking … this can be a very controversial topic to some.  There seems to be countless research debunking the practice.  Do a search on the myth of multitasking and you will see what I mean.

Is multitasking really a myth?

Is multitasking really a myth?

But, there seems to be a big contradiction … because we can drive and listen to music at the same time, or cook dinner and talk on the phone. So how can we explain this contradiction?

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Multitasking Show Notes

In this episode of First Things, I look at the various research on multitasking, apparent contradictions to this research, and some action steps to put into action our findings.  I also do an experiment on myself showing how good (or bad) I am at it.

In this episode, I share on the following topics:

  • A sampling of some of the research on multitasking
  • Objections and contradictions to research findings
  • An attempt to balance all evidence and come up with final conclusions
  • An actual test I do on myself to see how effective I am at multitasking simple tasks
  • 7 Action Steps to eradicate the negative influence of multitasking
      1. Don’t just take my word for it
      2. Weigh the costs
      3. Asking, “Does your job really demand you attempt switch-tasking?”
      4. When you have a choice, limit yourself
      5. Beware of Distractions
      6. If you must …
      7. Reward yourself

Multitasking Episode Resources

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5 thoughts on “#007 – Multitasking: The Myth of Multitasking … Or Is It? [Podcast]

  1. Awesome. My favorite episode so far. You really have a great podcast, probably the only really good productivity podcast out there. I gave you a shout-out on my own blog. Thanks for all the great content!

    • Timothy, thanks so much for the great comment! I’m so glad to know how some of these things are resonating with listeners. Also, I appreciate your comments you left for me with your readers. Hopefully this is ok, but I plan on reading your comment and mentioning your site on my next podcast. I just checked it out. Great stuff! I also “liked” your Facebook page.

      I started this from the focus of what you mentioned. There are some great podcasts out there that hit upon productivity. But I find they go off tangent on areas like SEO or leadership ideas. Or they get focused on granular details. Now, granular details are cool and I love listening to those.

      Yet, I found for me, I struggled with applying granular details without seeing the big picture. 🙂

      Also, sadly, most are unaware of research being done. Even sadder, most of that research costs money to see (e.g., $50 for one article) and most people are never going to do that. In fact, research shows that the typical research, journal article is only viewed by 6 people (on average).

      Granted, some things I cover, I don’t always quote the research. But it is fun to try to take that research and make it actionable.

      Thanks again for your great comment!

  2. Hi Brandon,

    I was listen this post while doing “other things”…These other things were new for me, and though they were repetitively and very complicated, they were new for me. I want painting and replacing the silicon in the bathroom.

    I realized I couldn’t follow your post…the multi-tasking didn’t really work :-(. I guess because the action although easy, was new for me. So I ended up turning off my mp3 player.

    Thanks very much for your work. It is so valuable for me!!
    Antonio