What Works Better Than Multi-Tasking
October 12, 2011
Interview with Jonathan Fields, author of the book Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
Our brain actually isn’t capable of simultaneously processing all these things at once. We’re switching between them so quickly we think that we’re processing them at once – but there’s a couple of problems with that – 1 there’s a ramping cost every time we switch. So if we’re 100 or 200 or 500 times between small different tasks all day long the brain has to kind of re-ramp for that next task. So while we feel like we’re busy all day we actually lose massive amounts of creativity and productivity to that ramping cost, very often hours a day without really realizing it.
So since multi-tasking doesn’t work Jonathan recommends you instead deliberately try to single-task.
Rather than do a million things at once allocate your energy very intensely, your attention to 1 thing at a time and you’ll notice a very strong change, not only in how much you get done, but how creative you are – how well you solve problems and also how much more at ease you feel.
- Length: 1:44 minutes (1.58 MB)
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