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Ignore Multitasking. Monotasking Improves Health, Relationships, And Productivity

Juggling many tasks at once was a resume-worthy skill for so long.

However, recent conversations have gained momentum about “hustle culture” and multitasking ourselves into a stir because of the pandemic.

Research shows that multitasking makes us less productive, and monotasking is better for our health and productivity.

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Problems With Multitasking

A multitasker attempts to do two or more things simultaneously. These tasks are too complex for our brains.

Thatcher Wine, author of “Twelve Monotasks,” said, “What we’re doing when we try to multitask is ‘task switching. All that task switching comes at a cost. It overloads our brains and causes a significant amount of stress. ”

Responding to emails or sending text messages while on Zoom can cause us to miss essential meeting details or lead to confusion.

Multitasking can impact some relationships. We miss out on prime opportunities to connect with loved ones when watching TV at a family dinner or browsing social media offline.

Multitasking can work against you in the following ways:

  • You have trouble focusing on the task at hand.
  • You are easily distracted.
  • Frequently, you make mistakes or mess up your work.
  • You feel exhausted throughout the workday.
  • Details of interactions slip your mind readily.
  • Social interactions feel unfulfilling.
  • Some people want your attention.

Become A Skilled Monotasker

Concentration is not a skill we’re born with. The more we practice, the easier it becomes to focus.

Wine says, “Monotasking is all about doing one thing at a time with your full attention, completing the task, then moving on to something else.”

If you’re a chronic multitasker, this might seem strange at first. It takes time to hone the craft.

A surgeon is an example of someone who must focus for many hours.

Many of us aren’t able to focus this intensely at first, but it comes naturally over time.

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How To Improve Your Focus:

  • You can also turn off your phone notifications.
  • Spend time with others without your phone.
  • Stop checking emails.
  • Turn off notifications in Slack.
  • Organize time for deep focus (put it on the calendar).
  • Work through the set period and set a time limit for a task.
  • Eliminate or mitigate other common distractions

Monotasking can also be practiced through meditation, mindfulness, and yoga. Monotasking helps you focus on the tasks, conversations, and people that deserve your attention.