Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How and Why to Stop Multitasking

This post by Peter Bergman at the Harvard Business Review is something I badly need to implement. I encourage you to read and begin to implement his very helpful suggestions. Here is the crux of the post:

Doing several things at once is a trick we play on ourselves, thinking we're getting more done. In reality, our productivity goes down by as much as 40%. We don't actually multitask. We switch-task, rapidly shifting from one thing to another, interrupting ourselves unproductively, and losing time in the process.

You might think you're different, that you've done it so much you've become good at it. Practice makes perfect and all that.

But you'd be wrong. Research shows that heavy multitaskers are less competent at doing several things at once than light multitaskers. In other words, in contrast to almost everything else in your life, the more you multitask, the worse you are at it. Practice, in this case, works against you.


  1. Wow! This is eye opening! I do this all the time and thought it was a good thing.

  2. Time is so very important and we must redeem it. Question: would a great way to redeem our time for the Lord be to fore go the obsession with sports and hobbies (like bow hunting) that seem to take so much time in many peoples lives in this culture...even believers? I mean can we ever give the Lord enough of our lives??? God be praised!





About Me

I am a husband to Eva, father of 4, pastor, and most of all passionate follower of Jesus Christ. The focus of my life is to make the most of every opportunity God gives me to bring glory to Him. Outside of the time spent in my role as a pastor, I spend most of my time with my family -- a good deal of that coaching various sports teams that my children are involved with. Every fall and winter you will find me rushing to the woods of Indiana and West Virginia in search of a monster whitetail buck.