The myth of multitasking

“People who chronically multitask show an enormous range of deficits. They’re basically terrible at all sorts of cognitive tasks, including multitasking.

“People who multitask all the time can’t filter our irrelevancy, they can’t manage a working memory, they’re chronically distracted, they initiate much larger parts of their brain than are relevant to the task at hand, and they’re even terrible at multitasking.

“They’re pretty much mental wrecks.

“But they don’t think they are. And that’s the danger, right?

18-Minute Listen: The Myth of Multitasking

Multitasking is possible, but only if accompanied by thought. Thinking about thinking about the tasks to complete is the answer. Which tasks can be done simultaneously and completed successfully? And which cannot?

The mistake is an assumption that multitasking equals efficiency. Efficiency means nothing if we’re not doing the right things. Effectiveness matters. And effective multitasking requires the right checklist(s).

Book: Checklist Manifesto