Take a second to think about all of the different things you're doing at this very moment. In addition to reading this blog post, you might be listening to music, munching on a snack and checking your email in a different browser tab. While multitasking is common, most people are not as good at juggling numerous tasks as they think they are and several different studies suggest that multitasking can significantly reduce productivity.
One researcher suggests that multitasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40 percent.
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Multitasking is often seen as a way to increase productivity. After all, if you're working on several different tasks at once, you're bound to accomplish more, right? The research suggests, however, that doing several things at once actually make people less productive. Multitaskers have more trouble tuning out distractions than people who focus on one task at a time and trying to do so many different things at once can actually impair cognitive ability. Learn more about this research in this article on the cognitive costs of multitasking.