When you quit multitasking, it’s like breaking free from The Matrix. Learn the reality of switch-tasking and stop doing it today.
I told you this before, but I’m here once again to ask you to quit multitasking for your own good.
To be sincere with you, this is one of my favorite topics from the entire challenge.
Because multitasking is something that has been so brainwashed in people’s mind, they just refuse to accept the truth about it.
So while nay-sayers keep on insisting it’s the only way to get things, I’m here to help you get out of The Matrix.
The blue pill
In the movie, Neo can choose between reality (the red pill) and illusion (the blue pill).
It’s like choosing between freeing your mind or limiting yourself by multitasking.
I understand that if you’re working on 2 or more things at the same time, it looks like you’re progressing faster.
Unfortunately, science is proving over and over again that it’s nothing but a wrong perception of what’s really going on.
When you multitask, you:
- Feel anxious.
- Stress out.
- Can’t focus.
- Feel exhausted.
- Lose sight of priorities.
If you ever bother to do a test, you can pick 3 tasks you tend to work on at the same time.
Instead of springing from one to another, focus (I do mean FOCUS 100%) on one of them at a time.
Don’t move from one to another until you’re finished with it.
Then, let me know it:
- How did it go?
- How did you feel afterwards, by the end of the day, and the morning after?
I already know the answer, but it’s always interesting if you can see it for yourself.
Note that it matters to me the way you feel.
As we have already discussed before, your emotions play a crucial role in your productivity.
Because it’s pretty much impossible to relax and stay balanced when notifications are popping up from everywhere while you’re working on an important project, you probably have already figured out the final verdict.
Other ways you can experiment with multitasking and focus is by:
- Turning off the phone for an hour or two.
- Working before the family wakes up or after everyone goes to bed.
- Moving to a silent room or using a noise-canceling headphone.
The red pill
The reality about multitasking is what science has been showing us.
Let’s face it: you never perform two or more activities at the same time.
What we so proudly call “multitasking” is, in fact, an endless series of jumps back and forth between activities.
That’s what psychologists call “switch-tasking.”
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It happens because you:
- Drop what you were doing.
- Move to another task.
- Try to recover where you stopped.
- Try to remember what you should do next.
- Finally start the task.
- Stop again after a while to switch to another to-do.
- Drop what you were doing.
This cycle repeats itself over and over again throughout your day.
Besides the time lost here and there, all these transitions are exhausting.
So when you do a reality check, you realize you aren’t as productive as you think you are.
And even worse, you’re creating a lot of unnecessary stress because you aren’t allowing yourself to focus on the task at hand.
Quit multitasking to achieve more
If you sincerely want to improve your productivity and have more time for the things you love, you must quit multitasking.
Stop going with the flow and take back control of your day.
You deserve it!
For those who work in an environment where multitasking is still seen as a “strength,” take advantage of any situations presented to deal with one task at a time.
Even if you find it challenging at first because of peer pressure, the results of your efforts will speak for themselves.
Don’t let yourself get discouraged.
And if you need support and accountability to getting rid of this and other productivity killers, join our challenge today!
Before you go
Can you answer the following question in the comments below, please?
What tasks do you tend to do multitask?