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Why Multitasking is a Big lie?

In today’s World, everyone things that Multitasking is effective and everyone accepts it.

People think it’s something they should do and do as often as possible and even should get better at Multitasking. But Multitasking is a Lie 

We normally see that

  • HR consultancies
  • Career Websites 

list Multitasking as a skill for employees and employers and are considered an important skill

But the fact is it is a BIG LIE, However, Gerry Keller and John Papasan write in their Best Seller Book “The One Thing”  

Multitasking is neither efficient nor effective. But if you still think Multitasking is an effective way to get more done than you are wrong. in fact, it’s an effective way to do less and gets less done.


the term Multitasking was introduced in 1960 to describe computers, and their functions Not people, because Computers perform, multitasks alternatively by sharing one CPU. But this concept was misinterpreted as Multiple tasks are performed “Simultaneously” using a single resource/ CPU/person. In fact, it’s doing tasks alternatively- doing one task at a time not at the same time because even computers can process only one piece of code at a time.

On the other hand, It is true that People do perform two or more things at once, such as Walk and Talk, eat and read/ Drink and read, etc. But we can’t focus on two things at once, and we actually waste more time doing many things at once.

2. Research studies:
  • Show that we lose 28% of an average workday to multitasking ineffectiveness.
  • People take longer to complete any task than the actual time required.
  • Multitaskers make more mistakes than non-multitaskers.
  • Multitaskers make poor decisions, multitaskers experience more stress than non-multitaskers, etc.

That’s the reason that Phone Conversation is prohibited while driving because studies show that using a cell phone while driving takes 40% of our focus, which can have the same effect as being drunk. As per the statistics, Distracted Driving is responsible for 16% of all the traffic fatalities and half a million injuries every year.

3. Hence:

Multitasking is an illusion/ A Lie because it’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, but it’s we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have. So if you think you are multitasking then you are wrong, you are just driving yourself crazy.

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