Today's Multitasking Addiction Is Killing Productivity

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Productivity Drain

Switching between tasks drains 40 percent of our productive time.

A lot of productivity drain happens during the actual switch between tasks. As previously mentioned, switching sucks up 40 percent of our productive time, whether it's changing apps, trying to catch up to where you left off, or getting distracted during the change. 

To keep switching at bay, set a goal for each day. When a new task pops up, ask yourself, "Is this important for meeting today's goal?" If not, it's probably not something you urgently need to shift your focus toward. 

Another good strategy to mitigate the effects of multitasking is to plan your day around similar tasks. For example, if you’re an HR pro, you may work on product-related tasks in the morning, legal-related tasks in the early afternoon, and recruiting a little later. That way, if you multitask slightly within those categories, your brain isn't completely shifting topics.

The chaos of the modern workday creates constant pressure to multitask. We respond to emails during meetings, hold conference calls while driving, and reply to a constant inbound stream of messages while dealing with our workload. From email and chat notifications to the siren song of social media, there is always somewhere else for our minds to wander. 

At first glance, this might seem like a good thing. Multitasking makes it possible to kill two birds with one stone, right? You discuss marketing strategy and catch up on your email at the same time. However, research now shows that multitasking is a serious drain on productivity. Rather than doing two things at once, it causes us to do two things badly, and perhaps create more work for ourselves down the road. 

In today's fast-moving, always-on office environment, employees and managers alike have to understand the high cost of multitasking. Shifting between tasks can cost as much as 40 percent of someone's productive time. That is a massive sum, and one that can't be ignored. In this slideshow, Andrew Filev, CEO of Wrike, delves deeper into the havoc multitasking can wreak on productivity and what you can do about it. 

 

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