Canadian Consulting Engineer

Stop being distracted — FOCUS!

"We are constantly bombarded by messages that say "it is okay to multitask. CNN has a scrolling news feed in addition to sidebars of information that appear while the reporter is still talking. Smart phones alert you constantly that you have a...

April 23, 2011   Canadian Consulting Engineer

“We are constantly bombarded by messages that say “it is okay to multitask. CNN has a scrolling news feed in addition to sidebars of information that appear while the reporter is still talking. Smart phones alert you constantly that you have a text message, an email, a tweet, and even the occasional phone call.

“Do these constant updates really mean that you’re more in touch and getting more done throughout the day — or do these distractions leave you feeling like you’re just running around putting out fires instead of actually accomplishing what’s on your to-do list? …

You may think you’re accomplishing more in a day — but every time you have to change gears between tasks, you can waste as much as 20 minutes refocusing your attention on what you’re trying to finish. Studies also show that multi-tasking has other pitfalls too, including that your execution gets sloppy, while your overall effectiveness declines.”

— Source, Workplace Training Centre, www.workplacetrainingcenter.com

 


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