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  • Wilma Hartenfels

Tip 55: Avoid the pitfalls of multitasking

'Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.' Alexander Graham Bell

Have you ever participated in a webinar while at the same time checking your emails? If yes, were you truly able to follow the flow of the webinar? And furthermore, did you enjoy the experience?

Well, here is why multitasking doesn't work and what it does instead:

  1. Being able to multitask is a myth. The human brain is not able to do two things at the same time. It merely switches (very quickly) from one task to the other, creating the illusion of multitasking.

  2. Every time the brain switches, it needs a lot of energy to get back into the previous topic which makes your learning efforts much more ineffective than staying focussed only on one thing.

  3. What is even worse from my own experience is that multitasking makes me unhappy. It prevents me from getting into a 'flow'-like state in which learning and working become light and effortless. It gives me the feeling of having worked a lot without achieving anything.

I urge you to try it out, not only when working but also when learning. Don't use excuses like 'I cannot focus on learning because I have other important things to do'. Set your priorities on your development and train your 'focus' skills!

When is the next time you can reserve 30 minutes of uninterrupted learning time for yourself?

















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