Multitasking Myths Exposed + Why Productivity Loss is Huge

People jump on the multitasking bandwagon for a variety of reasons, perception of becoming more productive tops of the list. And while evidence exists that a small percentage of people <2% may be in the Supertasker category those of us remaining would do well to not deceive ourselves.

My goal in creating the Multitasking Myths Exposed list is not to pour water onto the remote possibility that supertaskers exist, no it’s to open a conversation with those who think they excel at multitasking but don’t. Some estimates have put the yearly loss in productivity in the U.S. alone at 650 billion dollars due to distracted workers and constant interruptions in work flow. We all know what’s in the barrel of distractions but the leading actor, the frequent slap to maintaining focus are the constant notifications screaming for attention on smart phones, tablets and desktops.

I have included within the list at number 9 a novel way of viewing multitasking called Layers and I invite you to give it a good read. I’ve also added links at the bottom of the multitasking myths exposed list to a couple of different studies, one looks at teenage multitasking conducted by teenagers and one looks at the growing field of supertaskers.

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Some really interesting studies have recently been released that I think add some tasty frosting to the multitasking cake.

1. Teen Researchers Defend Media Multitasking (you’ll need to be logged into the WSJ to read this)

2. Multitask Masters ( The New Yorker )

And from a #multitasking Twitter search I found this tweet

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