Multitasking is a great skill, especially if you can do it without compromising on the quality of your work. However, new research suggests that juggling too many things at once could be detrimental to your "cognitive domains", especially if you're a "heavy" multitasker.
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There’s a hundred things to keep track of in a typical work day, and even more to get done. And trying to accomplish everything at once typically means you’re less productive than you’d like to be. You can’t, for example, listen to and comprehend your coworker’s presentation while writing an email to your boss about a new project you’d like to take on — your ability to do one or both will suffer.
Running is an exercise well-suited for the lazy. Unlike group classes or club sports teams, which require commitment and planning ahead to reserve (and often pay for) your spot, all you need in order to go for a jog is a body, a pair of running shoes, and a path ahead.
And yet, despite the low barrier-to-entry that is opening my front door and bounding off, I sometimes still need an incentive to get moving.
The dual-monitor setup is an enticing way to make it look like you're extra-productive. Multiple monitors just scream power user. Practically, however, the set-up can be more of a hindrance than a help. What if using a single display allowed you to improve your focus and get even more work accomplished?
We're all guilty of it: the boss calls a team meeting during a busy time of the day. While you're waiting for things to get started, you surreptitiously check your email. Then you start replying. Before you know it, the meeting is in full swing and you're only half-listening as you continue to "multitask" on your phone or laptop. According to business website Entrepreneur, this is a terrible habit that we all need to break.
iOS: For the most part, multitasking on the iPad is a great addition, but depending on how you use your iPad, the new feature can be more of annoyance than a boon to productivity. OS X Daily reminds us that you can turn it off.
When Google announced Android N, they showed off split-screen multitasking, which lets you use multiple apps at once on the same screen. That was kinda neat, but buried beneath the surface, though, is something even cooler: Freeform windows. Here's what it looks like in action, and how to try it out yourself.