A Case for Unitasking
July 15, 2013
You're texting while you finish your last few Chile Limon Potato
Chips and wipe the kitchen counters, aren't you? Back away from
the counters, sit yourself down and ponder this: there is a time
and place for multitasking and we salute your skill. But according
to a recent study from the
University of Utah, frequent multitaskers are, ahem, bad at
"The people who are most likely to multitask harbor the
illusion they are better than average at it, when in fact, they are
no better than average and often worse" says David Strayer,
University of Utah Psychology Professor.
Turns out, people who score high on the ability to multitask
tend not to do it because they prefer to and are better able to
focus on the task at hand.
And how does multitasking affect you mentally? Does it ratchet
up the stress or keep you sharp? Most experts agree, a little bit
goes a long way. And chronic multitasking can lead to negative
feelings and consequences.
According to Margaret Moore, co-author of Organize Your Mind,
Organize Your Life, "The brain is not designed to
multitask or multi-focus, which means it is less effective at being
productive, creative and strategic. This lower level of brain
functioning leads to distraction [causing] negative stress because
tasks aren't accomplished or are not done well. Negative emotions
trigger physiological stress, including increased heart rate and
We think this is a perfect reminder, especially smack in the
center of summer. Take it easy. Focus on one thing at a time and
knock it out of the park. Rediscover the beauty of unitasking (we
made that up) or antitasking and just enjoy the moment.
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