Did you know a majority of us merely think we’re multitasking?
We’re actually serial tasking. Multitasking is doing multiple things at the same time, whereas serial tasking is shifting from one task to another in rapid succession.
For example, while you’re working on your computer, you likely have your inbox open, along with multiple browser windows to work on various tasks at the same time. However, you’re not really working on them at the same time; you’re simply switching from window to window as the mood strikes you.
If we know multitasking isn’t as effective as single-tasking, why do we feel compelled to attempt it?
It provides us with emotional satisfaction with how our work is going.
While we’re not accomplishing as much, we feel stimulated and entertained while we work. This makes us feel emotionally satisfied, and prevents us from getting bored.
Below is an infographic about the many fascinating things I learned about multitasking, and why it fails us. Enjoy!
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