Multitasking, Friend or Foe?
I was watching this commercial the other day “Samsung Galaxy Note II – Office Upgrade“ and it got me to thinking, why do we all multitask? If you haven’t seen the commercial yet, it’s about 2 coworkers talking about their new split screen notebook. 1 co-worker is watching a movie and texting, while the other one is watching a report for work and taking notes. While the commercial was promoting multitasking, it make me think about how much I multitask on a day-to-day basis. Does it help us, or simply put us back?
I did a little research to see what other people thought on the matter and if they believe it makes them more productive (like I felt). In one article called “What Multitasking does to our Brains“, from lifehacker.com, the author said “When we multitask, we feel more accomplished. Now most studies all point towards the fact that multitasking is very bad for us. We get less productive and skills like filtering out irrelevant information decline”.
Technology now-a-days are making us more multitaskers and less efficient workers. I miss the good ol’ days when I was a child and focused all my attention on 1 thing. When it was arts and crafts time, I would center my attention on making my bracelet and nothing else. Now that I’m older (and technology has taken over our lives) I can’t just sit and do 1 thing. If I’m watching tv, then I am also on my phone txting/playing a game/Facebooking. It has become so difficult to concentrate on simply 1 thing at a time!
In the article “How to Relieve Event Planning Stress” (from eventmanagerblog.com), multitasking was one of the main points. Event Planning is ranked number 6 as one of the most stressful jobs (just to put this into perspective, number 5 was a police officer). With having to plan every little detail of an event/tradeshow/conference/meeting it’s almost impossible to NOT multitask. But, like it says above, you become a more efficient worker and actually get more done when you become a single-tasker and focus on 1 thing at a time.
With that said and done, I want to challenge all you event planners/manager out there to try and become a single-tasker for 1 event this year and see how it all works out and let us know! Were you more efficient/productive? Did you feel more accomplished then if you were multitasking? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have you guest blog after your “single-tasked event” takes place!