Multitasking? I can’t even do two things at once. I can’t even do one thing at once.
|Helena Bonham Carter|
Multi-tasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.
|Gary W. Keller|
The brain cannot multitask. Multitasking, when it comes to paying attention, is a myth. The brain naturally focuses on concepts sequentially, one at a time…To put it bluntly, research shows that we can’t multitask. We are biologically incapable of processing information-rich inputs simultaneously…Studies show that a person who is interrupted takes 50 percent longer to accomplish a task. Not only that, he or she makes up to 50 percent more errors.
What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent.
The irony of multitasking is that it’s exhausting: when you’re doing two or three things simultaneously, you use more energy than the sum of energy required to do each task independently. You’re also cheating yourself because your’re not doing anything excellently. You’re compromising your virtuosity. In the words of T. S. Elliot, you’re ‘distracted from distractions by distractions’.
Multitasking divides your attention and leads to confusion and weakened focus.
Many people feel they must multi-task because everybody else is multitasking, but this is partly because they are all interrupting each other so much.
|Marilyn vos Savant|
Multitasking is a part of my everyday life.
|Monica Denise Brown|
You’d think people would realize they’re bad at multitasking and would quit. But a cognitive illusion sets in, fueled in part by a dopamine-adrenaline feedback loop, in which multitaskers think they are doing great.
I do think to some extent multitasking is a way of fooling ourselves that we’re being exceptionally efficient.
One thing I am learning is to slow down. Multitasking is great, but I when try to do everything at warp speed I just end up with typos and stress.
Multi-tasking arises out of distraction itself.
|Marilyn vos Savant|
People say pot-smokers are lazy. I disagree; I’m a multitasking pot-smoker: just the other day I was walking down the street, I was putting eyedrops in my eyes, I was talking on my cell phone, and I was getting hit by a car.
Most of the work on multitasking suggests that it generally makes you less efficient, not more.
Multitasking is a lie.
|Gary W. Keller|
Another study, of 38,000 knowledge workers across different sectors, found that the simple act of being interrupted is one of the biggest barriers to productivity. Even multitasking, that prized feat of modern-day office warriors, turns out to be a myth.
I have the attention span of a mosquito from multitasking and all the things that have affected my poor little brain.
I’m quite good at multitasking, but I have to do things immediately.
If someone around you is multitasking, you pick up distraction like second-hand smoke.
Being constantly the hub of a network of potential interruptions provides the excitement and importance of crisis management. As well as the false sense of efficiency in multitasking, there is the false sense of urgency in multi-interrupt processing.
It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics.
Chinese cooking is noisy – a multitasking activity that requires constant vigilance. There is no downtime.
There are certain things you learn to do as a parent – using every single part of your body because you’re multitasking all the time. You’re holding the baby and you’re closing the door with your left foot.
I will say it’s great to be a woman because we’re very good at multitasking. I could nurse and cook dinner at the same time. It is juggling. It’s juggling and you’ve got to commit to working on the weekends – I do both.
I’m going to continue working as a model. I want to do it all! And I think it’s possible to keep working while you go to school. Christy Turlington did it. Natalie Portman did it. Emma Watson just did it! And those are just women in the public eye, but plenty of others do it, too. You know, women around the world are great at multitasking. We do it well.
Knitting is repetitive, rewarding, and calms me down like a warm bath. But it takes up juuuust enough brainspace that I can’t come up with ideas. Which is too bad, because I love multitasking.
I’m quite good at multitasking, but I have to do things immediately. I have a book where I write things down: major topics, deadlines, things like that. Every few months, I start a new book.
The relative ease of most driving lures us into thinking we can get away with doing other things. Indeed, those other things, like listening to the radio, can help when driving itself is threatening to cause fatigue. But we buy into the myth of multitasking with little actual knowledge of how much we can really add in or, as with the television news, how much we are missing. As the inner life of the driver begins to come into focus, it is becoming clear not only that distraction is the single biggest problem on the road but that we have little concept of just how distracted we are.
We miss extra bits of knowledge that can add value to our lives. We sort of lack empathy because we’re multitasking all the time.
I like to think of murder-suicide as extreme multitasking.
I think my biggest career mistake has been taking on too much. And I think this is kind of – I think it’s related to the Internet world, where you’re always multitasking and you have a million windows open and you feel like you can do a lot at the same time.
I did that thing where you scratch your eyebrow and flip someone off at the same time. I’m good at multitasking like that.
I never liked the philosophy that you can have everything and be everything and that something is wrong if you don’t want that. I’m terrible at multitasking and find it hard to believe that no one protests this general trend of using the rhetoric of self actualization to sell you faster and faster phones and computers, BlackBerrys, etc.
I’m fully capable of multitasking certain conceptual concerns within the work.
My first operating system project was to build a real-time system called RSX-11M that ran on Digital’s PDP-11 16-bit series of minicomputers. … a multitasking operating system that would run in 32 KB of memory with a hierarchical file system, application swapping, real-time scheduling, and a set of development utilities. The operating system and utilities were to run on the entire line of PDP-11 platforms, from the very small systems up through the PDP-11/70 which had memory-mapping hardware and supported up to 4 MB of memory.
Like most early enthusiasts, I always thought the way the Internet encouraged multitasking made users less vulnerable to manipulation, while simultaneously exploiting even more of our brain’s capacity than before. Apparently not.
This is really good,” Donovan Caine said, attacking his third strawberry pancake. “You sound surprised,” I said. He shrugged. “I just didn’t think an assassin would be able to cook like this.” “Well, I do get lots of practice with knives. You could say I’m multitasking.” The detective froze, his fork halfway to his mouth. “I’m kidding. I enjoy cooking. It relaxes me.
I’m a person of whim, and easily distracted. I don’t like multitasking. When I’m doing one thing, I like to do just that thing.
I’m a technophobe. I can’t crack the iPhone, and the extent of my multitasking is being able to talk while I make a drink.
Audio is the only medium you can consume while you’re multitasking.
It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action.