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Today's Multitasking Addiction Is Killing Productivity

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    Our Multitasking Addiction

    According to Wrike's Work Management Report 2015, the number-one productivity killer is "working on too many things at the same time." Professionals today are addicted to multitasking, and it is hurting us. 

    To start, it is easier to multitask than ever before. We can constantly keep our email open on our desktop, browse multiple tabs, and work on our phones. The proliferation of devices creates a constant pressure to multitask, but just because we can, doesn't mean we should. In addition, employers are still stuck on the idea that multitasking is a virtue, which is why so many job descriptions still ask for "good multitasking skills." Collectively, all these forces compel us to work on too many things at the same time. 

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Today's Multitasking Addiction Is Killing Productivity

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    Our Multitasking Addiction

    According to Wrike's Work Management Report 2015, the number-one productivity killer is "working on too many things at the same time." Professionals today are addicted to multitasking, and it is hurting us. 

    To start, it is easier to multitask than ever before. We can constantly keep our email open on our desktop, browse multiple tabs, and work on our phones. The proliferation of devices creates a constant pressure to multitask, but just because we can, doesn't mean we should. In addition, employers are still stuck on the idea that multitasking is a virtue, which is why so many job descriptions still ask for "good multitasking skills." Collectively, all these forces compel us to work on too many things at the same time. 

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.