You may feel as though two arms, eyes, legs, feet, and hands simply aren’t enough to get you through an ordinary day. The thought of doing just one thing at a time can seem almost ludicrous. This is especially true of the freelance world, where a typical morning routine can consist of opening up a stretch of tabs so long that the end markers almost spill out of the browser..
In reality, multitasking is a dangerous train of thought draining you of energy and sending your productivity levels plummeting. But what is it about this supposedly admirable trait that really slows down your progress?
It Accentuates Your Stress Levels
Life is stressful enough when there’s one thing on your plate. But when you’ve assigned yourself five things to do at once, it’s completely overwhelming.
Multitaskers make severe demands on their mind, forcing the brain to pump out adrenaline in order to fuel their habit. Adrenaline of course can instigate stress, and stress can foment sheer panic. Those who multitask regularly are more likely to fall victim to stress-related illness because they are constantly operating at ferocious speeds, all the while attempting to take in torrents of different types of information.
Multitasking might feel necessary if you have a never-ending to-do list. However, you can better conquer all these tasks through effective time-management skills. Handling your time well will help relieve your stress and allow you take real control of your life.
You Aren’t Actually Good At It
You may think that you’re absolutely terrific at multitasking and have discovered a variety of ways to handle numerous responsibilities at any one time. Without wishing to burst your bubble, you’re probably not as good as you think you are. Whenever you try to perform a variety of tasks at once, regardless of how simple or mundane they might be, scientific evidence suggests that your productivity suffers by as much as 40%.
Unless you’re in the tiny percentage of people who’re capable of stretching their brains across different tasks in one sitting, it’s time to find another way to manage your day. And keep in mind that other studies actually pronounce multitasking impossible.
It Curbs Your Creativity
As a writer, you’ve undoubtedly had several fleeting moments of inspiration. You know, the moments when you scramble to scribble down your idea before it leaps out of your memory forever.
When multitasking, you have so many things going on at once, leaving room for creativity is impossible. Even if the light bulb does flicker briefly amid the chaos, there’ll be far too much to do before you jot an idea down.
Quantity is often more emphasized than quality in the modern day world. By stepping away from today’s frenetic environment and producing one high-quality piece of work at a time, you can actually separate yourself from the twitching, hysterical herd of multitaskers; create truly unique, valuable content; and allow yourself to get noticed.
Your Brain & Body Slow Down
Research has demonstrated that attempting to solve multiple issues at once has the potential to actually alter the structure of your brain, which may lead to mental health issues in later years. Additional studies show that frequent multitaskers harbour inferior short-term memory skills, and other investigations reveal that over time multitaskers lose the inability to block out distractions.
Forcing the brain to repeatedly shift between tasks uses vast amounts of energy and resources you simply don’t have. It creates a constant sense of conflict within your mind. The brain will produce all the hormones and adrenaline it possibly can to keep up with your demands, but before long you’ll inevitably come crashing to an abrupt halt.
You Miss Out On The Best Stuff
It may not feel like it when you’re caught in a seemingly unending loop of stress, but life is actually beautiful. Just take a moment to stop and look around you. The lush green of the trees. The merry chirping of birds. The bright smile of a significant other. We often take these things for granted because we’re too busy taking in so much at once. You can appreciate things so much more when you dedicate your undivided attention to them.
The same goes for your writing. Dive head first into one piece, immerse yourself in the topic, have a good old rummage around, briefly become part of the world you’re talking about, and then come up for air. Abandoning the multitasking philosophy enables you to throw yourself into your writing one piece at a time. You’ll soon notice how the quality of your work—and your enjoyment of it—improves considerably as a result.
There is little doubt that multitasking slows down your mind, your body and your social life. Instead, focus on one piece, produce only your very best work, and move on when you’re absolutely sure you’re done. Take pride in your writing and make the most of your raw talent.
This article was written by one of our writers. The author’s views are entirely their own and may not reflect the views of WritersDomain.