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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Why Smart People Don't Multitask - Multitasking Lowers IQ, Impairs Cognitive Processing

Why Smart People Don't Multitask - Multitasking Lowers IQ, Impairs Cognitive Processing | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You may have heard that multitasking is bad for you, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Every time you multitask you aren't just harming your performance in the moment; you may very well be damaging an area of your brain that's critical to your future success at work.

Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

A Special Skill?

But what if some people have a special gift for multitasking? The Stanford researchers compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multitaskers—those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance—were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another.

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It takes time to refocus, so the supposed efficiencies are eliminated. As well, we do not attend to the people in front of us and the tasks at hand.
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The High Cost of Multitasking | infographic

The High Cost of Multitasking | infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Multitasking is a fact of our modern, connected life. However, research shows it makes us less effective, increases mistakes and stress, and costs the

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Multi-tasking takes away from creativity and effectiveness. In a classroom, it takes away from learning. The problem is we have adults in schools who are serial multi-taskers and who influence children with that behaviour. Now, some of it is a product of the work we do, but some of it is denial.

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craig daniels's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:17 PM

After dozens of well respected studies showing that mulitasking leads to getting less quality work down people still swear they are the exception to the rule. Go figure...

PracSimplicityGroup's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:54 PM

Funny how the downsides now seem obvious!

Sabrina Li's curator insight, November 4, 2014 12:47 AM

A really nice infographic talking about multitasking in the workplace. It summarizes data including task-switching, multitasking effects on errors/speed, etc. while also boasting some affordances of using video web conferencing. 

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Why Multitasking is Killing Your Brain

Multitasking is Killing Your Brain - Life Tips. - Medium
Many people believe themselves to be multitasking masters, but could it all be in their heads?

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Yet, there are many who continue to try.

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Vincent PEIFFERT's curator insight, March 16, 2016 5:23 AM

...and why stopping to do this will improve your performance significantly

Alexandru Otelea's curator insight, March 19, 2016 3:43 AM

This article breaks the myths. Many people believe the multitasking it a skill of which they are proud. It's not! Let's listen the studies.

Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, April 1, 2016 12:32 PM

 

As a business owner you will always have a lot on your plate, and if you are like most business owners, you will pride yourself on your ability to multitask in order to get everything done. Research has long shown that multitasking is actually a very inefficient way in which to operate, yet business owners tend to take little notice of such research findings. Perhaps, if you were conscious of what multitasking is doing to your brain, you might review your modus operandi, and focus on monotasking instead. This article should be a wake up call for every business owner who sees multitasking as a virtue.