Attempting two tasks that require the same type of thinking causes one to suffer.
Think you are really good at multitasking? Think again! Researchers tested students' ability to memorize letters and perform math calculations at the same time. The 25% of the students who did the best on the test were the least likely to actually multitask in life. Contrary to these findings, 70% of these students thought that they performed above average in multitasking.
PositiveTip: Focus on one task at a time. In most cases, you will be more efficient.
Multi-tasking dangers: nurses make more errors if interrupted while giving medications.
Many people today profess to excel at multitasking!
Admittedly, the ability to multitask is necessary in many occupations, but it may not be good for safety and efficiency levels. Australian researchers observed 98 nurses preparing and administering more than 4000 medications to patients, and found that each interruption resulted in a 12% increase in procedural and clinical failures. Four interruptions doubled the risk of major error compared to having no interruptions at all.
PositiveTip: Seek to minimize interruptions in order to be safe and efficient in all your activities.
On January 26, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation issued regulations prohibiting bus or truck drivers from sending text messages while operating commercial vehicles. Those who choose to ignore these rules may be subject to a whopping fine of up to $2750.00. An increasing number of states are banning texting while driving as well. Remember the Texas bus driver who plowed into stopped traffic while texting? It was all caught on video!
Have you seen any high-tech jugglers? They keep several instant message threads and email conversations going, listen to music, watch television, and jump from one website to another while trying to complete another task!
A new study conducted at Stanford University has found those who regularly bombard themselves with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory, or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time! The researchers found that heavy multitaskers pay a significant mental price.