Quick reality check: We live in a busy world where a million things are happening at once. For many of us, multitasking is a way to keep up with the flow and feel like we’re not getting left behind. From checking email at brunch with friends to finishing a status report during a staff meeting, a lot of us are trying to accomplish a whole lot, all at the same time.
Here’s the problem: Only two percent of us multitask effectively. That means the remaining 98 percent of us are running around like headless chickens in the name of “productivity."
What to do? It’s time to put down the smartphone, lift up your head, and actually listen to that funny joke your friend is telling or that question your boss is about to throw your way at the meeting. Increased productivity is available to us all—and surprisingly, it may come in the form of doing only one thing at a time.
WHAT'S THE DEAL?
Just so we’re all on the same page, multitasking means trying to do more than one thing a time. In the era of smartphones, tablets, and portable laptops, it’s easy to multitask without even realizing it. After all, most of us have checked Facebook in chemistry class or during that long conference call (at least once).