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This chart will show you when you can multitask and when you can’t

Despite considerable research showing the human brain can't fully focus on more than one task at a time, employers continue seeking job candidates who excel at multitasking. Although becoming proficient at certain tasks makes it easier for us to quickly switch between them, we usually take longer to complete them—and we're more prone to making mistakes when our brain has to constantly refocus. According to some research however, there are times when juggling multiple tasks can be productive...
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Here’s when it’s actually good to multitask

For most people, in most situations, multitasking is impossible. What we're really doing is task switching. Neuroscience tells us the human brain can't focus simultaneously on multiple tasks that require cognitive effort. So, for example, if you're holding a conversation while typing an email you have to switch your attention back and forth. And each time you switch from one task to another it can take a while to regain focus, which slows you down. Nevertheless, there are some exceptions. Here, ...
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Stop multitasking! How to break the habit and be more productive

Many job descriptions include the ability to multitask as an essential skill and yet when carrying out tasks that require active thinking, our brains can't focus on two tasks at once. You can't give your full attention to a conversation and to reading emails at the same time, for example. What you're really doing is shifting your focus back and forth from one task to another and people often overestimate their ability to constantly switch between tasks when trying to juggle multiple demands. Thi...
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Forget focus – here’s when task switching makes you more productive

The human brain can’t truly multitask and your productivity suffers when you're constantly switching from one task to another. Unless you're doing something that only requires your partial attention, your brain needs to focus fully on one task at a time—and yet there’s a limit to how long you can maintain that focus. The key to making the most effective use of your time is knowing how and when to switch tasks. With this in mind, here are time coach Elizabeth Grace Saunder’s top tips for planning...
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Are you singletasking yet?

To be efficient and productive in a fast-paced work environment you need to be able to multitask effectively. Or so many people would have you believe. Research shows, however, that the human brain is not designed for true, high-level multitasking.  While you may often perform routine, mundane tasks in parallel, the human brain isn’t able to focus properly on more than one thing at a time, and for most people constantly task-switching actually reduces their productivity.  Greg Wells, a...
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