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Multi-Tasking Can Slow You Down

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Multi-Tasking Can Slow You Down – The outcome may not be as dramatic, but recent research is proving that multi-tasking can drastically slow down your progress and even hinder your ability to think logically.


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16 Responses to “Multi-Tasking Can Slow You Down” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Adrian Profile

    Hi Carol

    This is so true. I used to think it was great achievement to do lots of things and was proud of it. Now, it causes me confusion and I know that focusing on one thing at a time and doing my best is the best way to go.

    Thanks for this.

    I like the quote from the Roman proverb, so very true.

    Adrian

    • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

      Hey, Adrian,

      I’m exactly the same way – I used to be proud of my multi-tasking efforts. Now, if I’m exercising, it helps the time to pass if I listen to a podcast, but other than that, it’s a difficult thing when I’m trying to achieve something and finish it. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :-) I really appreciate it. Hope you Have a great week, Adrian. Talk to you soon.

      Take Care,

      – Carol :-)
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  • Profile photo of Chery Profile

    Hello Carol, I am SO GUILTY of this one, I do now it is from years of bartending, waitressing and cleaning, Now these are jobs where you have to multi task. LOL

    I have found that if I have a bunch of tabs open at one time I always fee the need to check them all out. So I have learned close everything out except for what I am working on. See I am working on it :)

    Great Article, Thanks for sharing… Chery :))
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    • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

      Hello, Chery,

      Absolutely! There is definitely a time and place for multi-tasking, I completely agree. :-) Online, not so much…

      I’ve experienced such lack of focus and low productivity in the beginning of my business, and for a while in between, and wanted to share what really has made a difference for me.

      It’s definitely a layering process, Chery, as I’ve had to change my habits little by little. You’re very welcome.

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :-)

      ˜Carol
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  • Profile photo of Kevin Ross Profile

    Good post. I’m guilty of this as well, and who isn’t, right? It’s because of the many things we have to do each day and with the little time at our disposal, we all get tempted to multi-task. Good quote about chasing 2 rabbits and catching none. But what do you have to say about those who seem to do it very well? Such people will insist it doesn’t slow them down but allows them to do more and accomplish more. Your thoughts?

    • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

      Hello, Kevin,

      You’re absolutely right, who isn’t guilty of this? I still do multi-tasking, but it is mainly around the house and outside. Usually physical things combined with mental, like walking while listening to a podcast. Perfect combination.

      However, with regards to working an online business, we should only focus on ONE priority at a time, do that well (successfully executing till completed), and then move on to the next high priority.

      After all, the word ‘priority’ means putting one thing above others. Not 2, 3 or 4 things, but one thing. That priority is taken care of, and when taken care of, there can be a new priority to focus on.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thought, I really appreciate it.

      Have a great afternoon.
      ˜Carol
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  • Profile photo of Metz Profile

    I think, it depends on how you handle things.

    However, the article just caught me off guard and I couldn’t agree more. Focusing on one work will create a project successfully and is much more desirable.

    “Hazards of Multi-Tasking” is an interesting. I never knew that multi-tasking can actually lower your IQ. Well, now, I guess I have to focus on one thing to see a better outcome and productivity.

    Awesome post all in all!
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    • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

      Hello, Metz,

      Thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate it. :-)

      Yes, me too! I learned a lot in the researching and publishing of this article on this topic. I had no idea that multi-tasking can actually lower our IQ, and it’s very interesting to consider this hazard.

      There definitely is a time and place for multi-tasking, however, when considering online business, having one task that is a priority to focus on just plain makes sense, in my opinion.

      Have a great day.
      ˜Carol
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  • Profile photo of Pamela Profile

    As I get older, I’m finding that multi-tasking is not as effective for me. I make sure I only have tabs open that I’m currently working on, before I know it I may have up to 10 tabs open at once so I try to make sure I close the ones I’m not working in.
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    • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

      Hi, Pamela,

      Thanks for your visit and comment, I really appreciate it. :-)

      I can completely relate to what you’re saying, as I used to have more than that open. LOL

      Finding what works for us is so very important and varies from each person. Knowing what methods help us to be the most productive is essential for moving forward.

      I wish you a beautiful day, and thanks again for your comment.

      Take care,
      ˜Carol
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  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hi Carol,
    I share your view about multi-tasking. It could be a problem for us now instead of a skill to flaunt. Concentrating on a single task gives the focus to achieve extraordinary results. This is what we should keep to heart.

    It is possible that someone can multi-task and get results from the different tasks. However, with concentrated task, the result readily becomes exceptional, and this is what we want!
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    • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

      Hello, Sunday,

      That’s great – so glad you resonate with my viewpoint on multitasking.

      Yes, it used to be something that we thought we could be proud of, and, of course, it is still relevant in certain atmospheres like around the home with the family.

      However, in online business I think it can do more harm than good.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, hope you’re having a wonderful day, and I’ll talk to you soon.

      ˜Carol
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  • Profile photo of Dennis Seymour Profile

    For me, multi tasking can both help you and break you. At certain times we need to use our multi tasking skill so we can accomplish more tasks at a shorter period of time. But I think that’s only good for some simple things like fixing your stuff while attending to a phone call and some stuff like that. However, if you do things all at the same time, specially if these tasks need more of your attention, you may find multi tasking unhelpful. Yes I agree with you, at certain degree we may be able to lose our focus and our productivity level might suffer if we do this. It’s always nice to make a priority list and do things one at a time.
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    • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

      Hi, Dennis,

      Yes, absolutely – there is a time and a place for multi-tasking, but in our online business, focusing on one task at a time is essential for propelling forward to success.

      The only person I found that was inspired by the same book (The ONE Thing) as I was Fabrizio, and he also was influenced greatly.

      Glad you can resonate with the principle and content I shared, great to know!! :-)

      Hope you’re having a great week.

      Carol Amato
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  • Profile photo of Lawrence Berry Profile

    I always knew I was getting dumber, I just didnt know how haha just kidding. I believe what you said in this article 100%. Its amazing though that research has been done to show that multi-tasking can reduce your IQ score. We must realize the power in intense focus on one subject or goal. I once read a quote saying the you can do anything in life, but you cant do everything. In order to really get anything done in life and master a craft, you cant try to master many crafts at the same time. One of humans greatest asset is the ability to focus on one thing and master it.

    • Profile photo of Carol Amato Profile

      Hi, Lawrence,

      Thanks for stopping by to share your valuable feedback, I really appreciate it. Wow, what a wonderful quote, hadn’t heard that before, and it’s oh so relevant.

      “You can do anything in life, but you can’t do everything.”

      Very powerful statement and true! Thanks for adding that!

      Yeah, there is definitely a place for multi-tasking, but not in online business, that’s for sure. I’ve tried and failed miserably. Focusing on income-producing activities is the way to go for me. :-)

      Hope you’re having a great start to your week.

      Thanks much!
      ˜Carol Amato
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