In the fast-paced time we are living in, it’s tempting to resort to multitasking as a means of getting more work done quickly.  It’s common knowledge that moms are the queens of multitasking as they often juggle many household duties such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the family!  If you know a mom, you will likely find her boiling a pot of water for tonight’s dinner while folding laundry and helping a child with homework.  When mom is also a career woman, you may find her driving the kids to school or appointments while hands-free talking on a conference call.  Technology tempts us to multitask by providing us with smartphone devices and accessories, computer programs, and apps, all geared toward making tasks quicker and easier to do.  This can tempt us into thinking we can do more than one thing at a time and be even faster.

Multitasking is not a good time management practice.

Reduced efficiency and performance are a byproduct of multitasking.  Scientists have long discovered that our brains are not designed to focus on more than one thing at a time.  If you think you can get more work completed by multitasking, this is a sure-fire way to slow you down instead.  Your brain is working harder and slows down because it’s jumping from one thing to another.  This can result in mistakes or having to backtrack in your work process to redo what you skipped or mistakes you made. 

Multitasking decreases your quality of work.

Have you ever tried to listen to a conversation while reading a text or email?  Chances are you didn’t hear everything that was said because your brain started focusing instead on what you were reading.  The same concept happens when you try to write or read documents while watching tv or listening to a podcast.  Your brain will either focus on your work or the media you have on in the background.  This will ultimately slow you down and may lead to errors in your work product. 

Multitasking has negative impacts on your brain health.

As if multitasking doesn’t cause enough problems, research shows it may lower your IQ and may even cause cognitive impairment.  Several studies show how multitasking increases stress, and can also lead to anxiety and depression.  Chronic multitasking can lead to both working memory and long-term memory.  Think of your brain as a computer for your body.  If a computer is running too many programs at once, it can lead to your computer slowing down and even crashing! 

To make better use of your time, try making it a better quality of time.  When you take the time to focus on one thing at a time, your brain will run more efficiently and your emotions will be healthier.  Ultimately, you will have more energy to get the tasks done and go make happy memories.