To do better work in less time, stop multitasking

Eric Barker’s latest post, “This Is How To Increase Your Attention Span: 5 Secrets From Neuroscience,” shares key findings described in The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World. Here are three worth paying attention to, particularly if you’re a student or adult looking to do better work in less time.

  1. People who think they are good at multitasking have actually been shown to be the worst at it.
  2. Much like the fact your body can’t lift 5000 pounds, your brain can’t do its best work while trying to juggle too many tasks simultaneously.
  3. Multitasking doesn’t just divide your attention among tasks—it also leads to more errors and more total time spent than had you dealt with each item separately.

One at a time leads to better work in less time.