Writing down a to-do list allows you to organize your responsibilities, to manage your time, and to prepare your body, mind and heart for it. It lets you realize your tasks and monitor your progress. Now, the next thing is determining how you will accomplish them. There are two major ways people work on their agenda for the day: Monotasking and Multitasking.
Monotasking is doing every item on your checklist one by one, one after another. You move to the next mission once you are done with the first. Everyone can actually do this, and it is undoubtedly effective, as long as you know how to sort the most urgent to the least urgent duties.
Now, let’s focus on multitasking, which is not doable for some people. Multitasking is doing more than one work all at the same time, or moving back and forth from one item to another. You are not yet done with chore number one, but you are already starting on chore number two. This technique has advantages that multitaskers brag about, however, you cannot really say that it’s a whole lot better than taking the list piece by piece. It’s useful at times, and it works for some people, but anytime you can, do not multitask. Especially when you know it’s not for you, don’t.
Dip into the whys. Here are 5 reasons to avoid multitasking as much as possible.
1 – Multitasking divides your supposedly full focus on a task.
The number one key to starting, continuing and finishing an endeavor is paying all your attention to it. When you are single-minded and attentive to the significant task in front of your eyes, you can think clearly and determine what to do and how to do it. For that one task, you have one goal, so your mind is on this one thing. The other task will have the spotlight later when the first is done.
On the contrary, multitasking divides your supposedly full focus on a task. While working on item A, a part of your mind is also contemplating on what you are planning to do for item B. Your hands could be on one assignment while your brain could be on another.
Not only that because in multitasking, you actually move from one task to another and back to the first. You are moving places. It divides your presence in a task. This can cause distraction and confusion to you. You cannot give complete commitment, which can lead to you making a mistake or forgetting something important.
2 – It downscales comprehension.
Because your focus is distributed to more than one activity, the way you understand what’s happening gets negatively affected. You are only partly hearing what you must be wholly listening to. Divided attention downscales comprehension.
Say you are playing a game while in an online class or an online tutoring session. You might be hearing the lecture of your teacher from the other side of the screen, but your mind is dedicated to your game. You are actually not listening to the lesson; you just think you are.
As a result, you will easily forget what you have heard from your professor. The words just passed, so what’s there for you to remember, right? This is one of the unwanted ways multitasking ruins the process of learning and digesting information.
3 – Multitasking delays your progress.
Often, people use multitasking in order to accomplish many different things in the fastest time possible. Little do they know, multitasking just makes things complicated.
Multitasking delays your progress. You keep transporting from one table to another.
You start with a Math homework, then while thinking of the right equation to use, you try to open your Science book to answer a few exercises. While decluttering your clothes’ closet, you thought of taking out your mom’s old magazines from the drawer in the next bedroom. You thought this would make you more productive, but after a few hours, both rooms are still as messy as when you had begun.
With multitasking, you only have tasks that are on-going. They are 50% done, 75% done, 80% done. But nothing is 100% wrapped up. Meanwhile, if you monotask, you’d feel relieved that your most urgent task is already a case closed now, and the next task is ready to be done, too.
4 – It confuses your momentum.
In many cases, you need that powerful drive to start a task. Nevertheless, when you don’t really start strong, you gain momentum in the middle, and that’s enough for you to keep going. The vibe is there. The mood is there. You are on a roll.
However, if you go for multitasking, you will not have that fire. Your determination will keep stepping in, stepping out and repeating those two in alternation.
Multitasking confuses your momentum. You are prevented from sustaining it. Your energy for one task is not filled up because many other tasks are sharing it, too. You might be just on your way to attain it, yet you are already hampered.
5 – You cannot give your 101% best ability on each task.
Last but the saddest maybe is that multitasking blocks you from giving your 100% best ability on each pursuit. You may be good at that thing, however, because you are multitasking, you are just doing it for the sake of finishing it – and that’s not really doing your best.
With the pressure of time and other factors, multitasking causes you to hold back your best skills. You can do more, but this time, you can’t because you are performing other tasks.
Single tasking is the way to give 100% or even your 101%.
TAKE IT EASY
Multitasking is not for everyone, and it’s not for always. You can do so much better and so much more when you take it easy, and work on your to-do list little by little. Just as this writeup states from the above-mentioned points, multitasking is not the best route.
Organize a well-thought to-do plan, and stick to it. Manage your time, so you will not need to cram and to make an excuse to multitask. Say no to procrastination. Starting early helps you save time and energy, too. Do tasks one by one. Be stress-free, and make your work top-quality!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for InFlow Education, expert tutoring services in Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.