Do You Multitask? Here Are Some Pros and Cons to Consider

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Don’t multitask. Tweak your to-do list instead.

When you multitask, it seems like a good idea, doesn’t it?

I mean, finding time and being more productive is so important, why not multitask?

Your focus when you multitask

When you multitask it works against you if you’re engaged in activities requiring focus.  Tests performed by the American Psychological Association in Washington D.C. conclusively prove:

  • Each time you switch your attention, you lose ground.  The more complex or unfamiliar the task, the harder it is for your brain to make the transition.  The more often you switch, the more time you lose.
  • Only a half-second of time lost to multitasking can mean the difference between life and death when you use a cell phone while driving.  That’s all the time it takes for a car not completely under your control to travel far enough to crash.
  • With all complex tasks, multitasking wastes time even when it appears to increase efficiency.

So, what are some alternatives?

Fortunately, there are proven methods for increasing productivity. These are methods that work in harmony with how your brain functions.  They promote focus and streamline effectiveness.

3 Time Tools That Work Better Than Multitasking:

Task Templates:

  • Create outlines of complex but repetitive tasks you can quickly refer to.  Energy that might be misspent relying on your memory or reinventing the wheel is instead directed to accomplishing your goals.
  • Jot down projects that need templates as you think of them.  The more you work from templates, the more uses you will find for them.

To-Do Lists:

  • Prioritize in advance, and label accordingly.
  • List tasks in small, workable chunks.
  • Only include what you can realistically accomplish for each day.
  • Use a weekly to-do list for the remainder of tasks.
  • At the end of each day, review and adjust the lists.


  • Create times you can’t be disturbed to work on complex projects.
  • Call on others’ support in advance to protect your interruption-free time.

Learn to use each of these powerful tools effectively and consistently. Incorporate them into your daily routine. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at your growing success in finding time.

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