11 Oct Your brain needs you to focus on one thing at a time
via Fast Company by Nahla Davies
Most of us have heard of the fable of the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady progress can be more beneficial than fast or rushed advancement. In the information age where speed is coveted, splitting your attention and multitasking seems like an important skill to master. However, is our habit of multitasking as efficient as we think it is?
WHAT IS MULTITASKING?
Multitasking, particularly on tasks that require attentiveness, can lead to more errors and mistakes. Additionally, while it seems you’re getting more done while multitasking, you may be taking longer to complete tasks because of constant context switching. It can cause brain shrinkage and short-term memory loss.
However, the dangers and disadvantages of multitasking don’t stop there. The cingulate cortex is primarily responsible for helping us manage and interpret emotions. However, the damage that you can potentially incur from multitasking does not stop there.
As it is, we’re all living in exceedingly stressful times. This is particularly true for small business owners who have been forced to adapt to the demands of the pandemic. According to a survey conducted by FreshBooks, 65% of these business owners were concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic would impact their businesses.
While we may be tempted to meet additional business requirements through multitasking, the additional stress is unhealthy. An increase in stress hormones such as cortisol can lead to high blood pressure, generalized anxiety, depression, and other health issues.ADVERTISING
Therefore, we can see that the costs for multitasking outweigh the benefits by a large margin. Now the argument for single-tasking becomes clear: It’s not only an option—it may be essential for your health and longevity.
THE BENEFITS OF SINGLE TASKING
Single-tasking or monotasking describes focusing on a singular task at a time without distraction. According to recent research, only 2% to 2.5% of the population can effectively multitask. From this, we can conclude that the average human brain is suited more to monotasking. However, single-tasking because your brain is made that way is not the only reason to do it. It can be beneficial to your health and productivity…
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