You may have been praised for your multitasking skills, but have you ever tried single tasking i.e. doing only one thing at a time? Try it on February 22, Single Tasking Day.
The made-up holiday clearly wants to encourage people to devote all their time and energy on accomplishing one task at a time. Some people also celebrate it on February 19.
Multitasking Lowers Productivity
Recent studies have shown that multitasking – the ability to focus on more than one task at any given time, can be less effective and productive than previously thought. Multitasking can also decrease the accuracy of certain tasks. This is because when one shifts from one task to another, the brain needs time to change focus. This can lead to a waste of time and can cause a lot of stress. Time management can also become an issue for multitaskers.
Increase Accuracy and Productivity
Productivity experts suggest that the best way to accomplish something well is to direct all of one’s energy and time on the task. Single tasking increases engagement and helps reduce errors. By improving productivity and accuracy, single tasking can help reduce stress and other health problems that are stress-related.
How to Celebrate?
- Make a list of all the tasks you want to accomplish and go down the list one at a time.
- Cut off all distractions. Switch off your phone, block the Internet, close your office door, and get started on your list. It may be hard now, but when you are done, you will be proud of yourself!
Did You Know…
…that according to research only about 2% of people can effectively multitask? The rest tend to be less productive when they multitask.