MULTITASKING…AND USING TIME EFFICIENTLY…
While you are talking to a client on phone, you have glanced that cake recipe through and have sent an email away and with one ear listened to the news on tv. You have used your time well and saved plenty of…. for yourself. You are really proud about that… your efficiency….
However, it turned out that things went not the way you thought they would have been….There has a few faults creeped into the letter. That cake recipe how was it that now…you have to read through ones more. The news you listened to a moment ago, you even don´t remember. And your client who talked to you on the phone knows for sure you didn´t listen to him/her.
Let´s imagine, a certain day at work, you have a tight schedule, a contract you have to write and signed, a business conference with an other client you have to prepare and accomplished, a report must finished and delivered up before deadline while have to take your kid to the dentist for teeth-braces. And while waiting in the waiting room you type up and send away a few dashing emails,you want to be sure you are using that waiting time efficiently.
At home then while preparing and cooking diner it feels important to call your best friend, who is disconsolate and is experiencing her most wretched period in her life,and you trying to give her solace.
By the evening, you may feel like a superwoman and like a flattened pancake…….
The next day, at work, you trying to take it more easy and just concentrating on the time-sensitive tasks meanwhile one or two emails light up the phone screen and some quick messages announce their arrival with a pling-pling. And from now it will be difficult to keep your concentration on work, because you are thinking of those messages and want to grab the phone and read them.
Some people say that it is an adult-problem, for the elderly to carry out this so-called multitasking work, while they say that todays teens tackle things “multitasking” successfully being born in the multimedia age. They were grown up with and have been used to consume social media and easily manage to chat on Facebook,watch a movie and read a book at the same time.
Well, how is it really functioning? And how is this multitasking affect us when it comes to our brain,our nervous system, our performance, our happiness and our interpersonal relationship?
DO MULTITASKING MEAN A SUCCESSFUL BRAIN…
Brain researchers have demonstrated, for several years ago, that genuine simultaneous equal distribution of attention is not in existence.
When we believe that we are concentrating on two or more tasks at the same time, then in fact, we change rapidly between different tasks. However,it turned out that these continuous changes are not very brilliant or effective.
Earl Miller, a famous brain researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his team have shown that in people, who practise multitasking-thinking method, their brain produces more stress hormones, like hydrocortisone and adrenalin, which is the hormone responsible to enhance instant reaction. And enhanced production of these hormones maybe causing the brain will become cloudy,muddy. Moreover, at the same time the brain also producing dopamine to recompense itself and that,as we know, gives rise to addiction.
So then, continuous multitasking behavior develops a constant craving rewards, which can develop a strong addiction. And it could be very difficult to change behavior, a thinking-system, making one thing at a time and do it really well, and enjoy it.
Other brain scientists are being think that it is not entirely depends on the structure of the brain if a person develops addiction. There are many people who are multitasking when it comes to work and they don´t enjoy it and don´t want do it. That allows us to speculate on if there are psychological and personality attitudes that lie in the background.
A psychologic has said that multitasking is a kind of trap, when a person who thinks about himself as being very efficient with his work-system and doesn´t see that the efforts he used were too much and got him altogether exhausted. While the work was not carried out THAT good . Or a recreation wasn´t SO pleasurable as he felt.
Researchers at Sussex University carried out a questioning with 75 voluntary people about their multimedia using behaviours. Then the researchers made an exact,elaborated examination of the voluntaries brains. The issue showed that the thickness of grey matter in the front area of the brain was thinner in those people who were using many electronic devises and screens. The front area of the brain makes decisions and takes control of behavior.
A psychologist talks about forced decisions and says that when there is lack of time and plenty of stimulations there will be a tendency of to making careless choices and less good-grounded decisions. And to lose focus on the core point, the essential.
Experiments measured the time it took to “switch on” back to the main task after attention was draw away from work process and it took about 15 minutes. It could be Quite many of us on our place of work who have experienced that the 8 hours of work time has extended to 10-12 hours while we ought to consider that it takes time to switch on after each switch of.
MULTITASKING AND MULTIMEDIA SUCK…A LITTLE STATISTICS IN BRIEF…
1.Studies have shown that students who regularly use social media,for ex Facebook while they having classes, make 20% deteriorated results.
2.Car drivers who use their phone under driving, even if using headset, show deteriorated reaction time, similar to people who had drunk and have 0,08% percentage alcohol in blood.
3.People who work with computer will be interrupted from main task every 10,5 minutes,with an email, phone call or by having been given a new task.
4.Under a phone conference, 57% of the participates experiences a strong induced feeling to share attention between the parts of the conference and their phone, preferably writing emails or check social sites.
5.An averidge smart phone user checks his/her phone a 100+ times a single day.
6.Smartphone owners have the habit to check their email and social site at a variety of places and occasions, 67% do it on a date, 45% do it at the theatre or movie and 33% do it in church.
7.When focus has shared, the attention will going to drop by 40% of it´s efficient execution time and the time it takes to do the job will increase by 1.5 times of the original average time.
8.Only 2% of people manage to do genuine,efficient multiple tasking work! These people are capable to share between and do multiple tasks at the same time and they do it well,seem to do it without having be tired out or distracted. And it seems, they really enjoy it! Researchers call them as the true multitasked! And researchers are very interested in examining and studying these people how they managing and doing multitasking.
To be continued…