Multi-tasking. Is it for you?

Most of the accidents in life take place ,when you are trying to do multiple things at one time.

Talking on mobile phone,while driving.
Most young people get hit,when they are on mobile phones ,while crossing the road.
Human brain is wired differently.
It can focus on one thing at a time.

The new age thinking made Multi-tasking a success mantra.
It is said that women can multi-task nine activities at one time, whereas men can multi-task only seven activities.
People are proud that they can conduct meetings; read mails on blackberry; read reports; take couple of important calls; bark orders-all at the same time.

Big myths, big lie.


There are five reasons, you should not multi-task:

a) It slows you down
In fact, research shows that multi-tasking slows you down.
If you try to multi-task between critical activities, you loose the rhythm of the initial task and there is always a start-up time required for any new activity.
And once you want to come back to original activity-you need to start all over again.

b) Loss in productivity 
Experts estimate that switching between tasks can cause a 40% loss in productivity.
It can also cause you to introduce errors into whatever you’re working on, especially if one or more of your activities involve a lot of critical thinking.

A 2010 French study found that the human brain could handle two complicated tasks without too much trouble, because it has two lobes that can divide responsibility equally between the two.
Add a third task, however, and it can overwhelm the frontal cortex and increase the number of mistakes you make.

c) Creativity is affected  
If you are working on more than one task, you cannot focus.
And if you cannot focus, you are unlikely to come up with great ideas.
Your ability to be creative is severely restricted due to multi-tasking.

d) You miss on this beautiful life
You are never able to appreciate your surroundings, because you are always on your mobile.
You miss out on all the fun of meeting new people, things happening around you, children laughing on the street corner.
I go to a gym for my daily workouts, and I see young boys & girls always on their mobile phones, completely oblivious to whatever is happening around them.

e) It is dangerous
Texting or talking on a cell phone, even with a hands-free device, is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol—yet that doesn’t stop most people from doing it.
Research also shows that people who use mobile devices while walking are less likely to look before crossing a road.
And in one study, one in five teenagers who went to the emergency room after being hit by a car admitted they were using a smartphone at the time of the accident.

I am convinced that multi-tasking can destroy your potential, and you will deliver second-rate results only.
And it the shortest route to lose your self-esteem and confidence.

Limit your multi-tasking to watching TV and eating popcorn at the same time.

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