Constantly checking your text messages, social media, email, or [insert productivity killer here] interrupts your focus.
It’s just like the myth of multitasking.
You think you’re getting more done when really, you’re just filling up time with busy-ness.
In “The Myth of Multitasking“, Christine Rosen wrote,
hurry, bustle, and agitation have become a regular way of life for many peopleClick To Tweet
In modern times, hurry, bustle, and agitation have become a regular way of life for many people – so much so that we have embraced a word to describe our efforts to respond to the many pressing demands on our time: multitasking. 1
She referenced a quote from Lord Chesterfield…
There is time enough for everything in the course of the day if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.
This steady and undissipated attention to one object is a sure mark of a superior genius; as hurry, bustle, and agitation, are the never-failing symptoms of a weak and frivolous mind.” – Lord Chesterfield 1740’s
Single tasking or doing one thing at a time then is the smart way to work.
If you have 4-minutes, listen to this piece from NPR.
The Real Cost of Multitasking and Distractions
Do you recall Professor Robert Kelly’s infamous live BBC interview on South Korea policies? Here’s a wee reminder.
Although he wasn’t trying to multitask, his children had other ideas. 😉
P.S. There was a spoof made from a Mom’s perspective, you can see it in my post Work At Home Distractions.
In my post, The 5 Biggest Problems with Multitasking, I mentioned a study by Zheng Wang, a professor at Ohio State University.
In it, she found that…
multitasking caused students to feel productive, however, the results showed they were actually reducing their cognitive skills
Don’t believe multitasking is ineffective? Try this switch tasking exercise from “The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done” By Dave Crenshaw.
Instant Gratification Makes You Less Productive
We love instant gratification. It’s why some people choose to overeat, have unprotected sex, play one more round at the slot machines, or spend impulsively.
The shopping industry knows we like instant gratification. It’s why they have impulse buying sections at the cash registers. How many tabloids or candy bars have you purchased unintentionally? or How many screaming children have you seen parents try to silence?
How many tabloids, magazines, or candy bars have you purchased unintentionally? or How many screaming children have you seen parents try to silence?
Addicted to social media? It’s not your fault. Really!
Instant gratification shows up in our addiction to social media. We obsess over likes, shares, hearts, and retweets.
Julian Morgans wrote, Your Addiction to Social Media is No Accident. In it, he shares how companies like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram (and more) are using manipulative tricks used in casino’s to grab and KEEP your attention. In fact, the term “Attention Economy” has grown exponentially because of the internet.
“The attention economy” is a relatively new term. It describes the supply and demand of a person’s attention, which is the commodity traded on the internet. The business model is simple: The more attention a platform can pull, the more effective its advertising space becomes, allowing it to charge advertisers more. (source)
Why do we struggle to get everything done when we’re so busy all the time? It might be because…
- you’re distracted by your time management app
- you multitask
- you refuse to turn off notifications on your computer and phone
- you can’t focus for “fear of missing out” on what’s new on social media
- you haven’t learned to say NO
- you work through breaks and lunches
6 Things You Didn’t Know Were Making You Less Productive [Infographic] by the team at NeoMam
Wow! That was a lot of information, wasn’t it?
Your challenge for today is to take action on one thing.
Plan for it, schedule it and take inspired action.
Want to start with silencing notifications?
- Plan for a day where you can work or enjoy life without notifications on your smart phone
- Schedule it in your calendar (it’s okay to use your smart phone reminders as notifications above is referring to social media and email)
- Take inspired action
When you’re done, come back and let me know how it went in the comments below. You can also send a quick tweet to @SaraAssistsYou.
This post is part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge July 2017.
More in this series:
- “Can Do” Mindset
- Decision Fatigue
- Coming Soon: Productivity and Content
- Collecting Memories – Five Minute Friday Linky
- Discover and Create Content for Facebook
- Productivity Killers with Solutions from Marc Guberti
- Virtual Assistance – Hidden History
- My List of Reliable Remote Workers
- The Sunrise of Your Smile
- Assistant Life – A Day in the Life
- Comfort – Five Minute Friday Linky
- What’s Your Favorite Number and Why?
- How Do I Unsubscribe From Newsletters?
- Boring Words [+ 2,155 Words to Use Instead]
- 10 Genius Perks to Outsourcing
- Power Up Your Mindset
- Sticky Note Productivity Tips From An Engineer Mom
- Play is the New Work
- Encourage One Another
- Share Passwords Safely
- Love of Neighbors and Enemies [The Fourth of July]
- Moving Heaven
- Back Story
- Building a Blog Community
1 Rosen, Christine. “The Myth of Multitasking.” The New Atlantis, no. 20, 2008, pp. 105–110., www.jstor.org/stable/43152412.