Multitasking steals your focus and energy. It makes you feel like you are getting more done, but in reality you are just making yourself busy.
For instance, try doing two simple things at once:
- Have a conversation about a new topic with a friend on the phone
- Do 100 simple addition/subtraction problems at the same time
I tested this out and found that not only did my friend think I was temporarily retarded, but I did poorly on the math problems. When I separated each task out into its own right, I found I accomplished both tasks quickly and with a much higher rate of precision.
DON’T MULTITASK. FOCUS.