#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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