Multitasking is a reality in the urban lifestyle. We multitask together at some point or another. Well, most of us start multitasking out of concern, thinking it will keep us focused and work will flow. However, contrary to popular belief that multitasking helps maximize productivity, it can actually cause more harm than good.
According to a study published by Stanford University, multitasking can affect your mental health and add stress to your daily life, harming your productivity, motivation, mood, and many more.
Therefore, we must break this habit of multitasking because it can be dangerous for our health. To find out the negative impact of multitasking or the reasons why multitasking should be reduced, Health Shots spoke to Dr Sanjay Kumavat, Consultant Psychiatrist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
What are the disadvantages of multitasking?
Dr. Kumavat says, “Multitasking at the same time is called multitasking. This results in a division of attention that can sometimes result in confusion, stress, and anxiety.”
Here are some important reasons to kick the habit of multitasking:
1. Multitasking affects the quality of your work
Generally, multitasking leads to frustration due to incomplete tasks and at the end of the day, it affects the overall performance of a person. In other words, it affects the quality of work and personal skills of an individual.
Also, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago, multitasking can rob you of your ability to work or think creatively.
2. Multitasking can increase your stress
Multitasking is not only inefficient and affects the quality of your work, but it’s also stressful. It’s because when you’re multitasking, your brain continually switches between tasks. This increases the chances of mistakes and errors at work and can result in high levels of stress and anxiety. And when you’re stressed, you can even lose focus and calm, creating a constant state of stress and anxiety.
3. Multitasking makes us less productive
In general, people think that multitasking can increase their productivity level. However, the reality is the opposite! Sometimes it can make us fail in simple tasks as due to distraction it becomes difficult to concentrate which affects the normal speed of our work and thus affects the quality of the task at hand. In fact, quickly switching from one thing to another makes you ineffective and affects your mood and motivation.
4. Multitasking kills focus
When you try to multitask, your creativity and innovation are hampered because you don’t focus on one thing long enough to create something original. The constant practice of multitasking can kill concentration because your brain quickly disconnects from everything you practice on a regular basis. Slowly and gradually it will become more difficult to concentrate on anything and may result in poor performance in regular daily activities.
5. Multitasking causes memory problems
It can also cause a person to forget to prioritize their work, which can also lead to procrastination at a later stage. To give a simple example, if there are many windows open on a computer, the entire system will slow down. The same thing happens when a person keeps multitasking continuously.
A study published at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) reveals that multitasking negativity affects memory in both young and older adults.
6. Multitasking leads to less interaction with living things
How many times a day do you check your phone? You don’t even remember, I guess. The worst side effect is that isolation from the world because you can be so involved in your work that you can even forget what is happening around you and your loved ones. The important aspect of human contact is lost in multitasking. Just connecting with the people around you and staying connected with family and friends can bring you a sense of fulfillment and life.
7. Multitasking can be fatal in the long run
Multitasking is fine, but constant practice is detrimental. It can do more harm than good. It is dangerous for your overall health because it can increase your work times which can result in high stress levels. And stress is the enemy of your health. If you’re having a hard time completing your daily tasks, don’t try to work on several things together, but instead make a plan and stick to it.
Therefore, try to be more organized when it comes to work. Design your work time, set break times, plan your day in advance and follow the plan only, to achieve balance between work and personal life.