字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 lots of questions are asked about multitasking for example does multitasking kill my productivity? is multitasking good for me? am i a good multitasker or should I just quit doing it? and of course the one that's probably asked most often does it actually work? I see multitasking articles posted every single day claiming to be able to teach you how to be a better multitasker they often talk about multitasking benefits that are supposed to increase your productivity while ignoring every multitasking study that claims otherwise and that's why I'm here today I'm going to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about multitasking as well as give you some tips on how to stop doing it so first here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about multitasking question one does multitasking actually work not exactly studies have shown that you can't truly multitask but your brain is capable of switching from one task to another at an extremely fast rate a good example would be when you're walking and talking with somebody your brain is actually switching between those two tasks but it does it so quickly that we don't actually notice it however this doesn't work for more complex tasks like trying to figure out a complex math problem while simultaneously organizing a group of unrelated people for an unrelated project question two does multitasking kill my productivity absolutely and unequivocally yes there are tons of studies from Stanford University, MIT, and many other places besides to back this up the amount it kills your productivity does vary from study to study but it does slow you down to some degree regardless however it may actually be a little bit worse than most of us think which leads us to the next question is multitasking good for me no no it is not in fact a study from the university of london actually found that multitasking can lower your IQ by as many as 15 points and since the average IQ scores tend to range between 90 and 110 points that 15-point hit is a pretty big deal in my book and finally should i quit multitasking ideally yes because in addition to the lower IQ i just mentioned researchers from the United Kingdom have found that multitasking increasing your body's production of the stress hormone cortisol and can lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure which could cause you some serious health problems down the road however while all this information is great to know it doesn't actually help us fix the problem how can we stop or at least limit our time spent multitasking in a world that seems to demand it from us every day I've tried many things but there were three tricks that really stood out above the rest the first is the most obvious eliminate the potential for distraction as much as you possibly can turn off your cellphone, close your office door if you have one, and for the love of God clean up your office space when i first tried this in college I was actually amazed at how big a difference cleaning up my desk made i have a desk at work that i shared with a few co-workers and there was always some new piece of sports memorabilia or stat sheet lying around I'd still do work there but my productivity paled in comparison to what I got done when I went to the library which had a much cleaner workspace the second trick is one that I've covered before and it's called time blocking. time blocking is when you set certain times to complete certain tasks during the day but for this to work best you need to make sure you have your time block set before the day begins however this technique in my experience is simple to understand but not always simple to implement when i first tried it I struggled to stick to my blocks and the thing that helped me most was to adopt the mindset that until I finished whatever task i was supposed to be doing at the time everything else should be seen as a distraction and avoided like the plague when I have this mindset I find myself not only sticking to my box more consistently but actually finishing the task well before the block was over the third trick is to practice mindfulness meditation is a great way to start doing this and science is finding numerous benefits to meditating regularly even if it is just for 10 to 20 minutes a day some of the benefits are increased gray matter in your brain which can improve your memory as well as yourself control it can also decrease stress and even improve your ability to focus. I'll leave a link in the description below that lists more of the benefits of meditation because honestly there's just far too many to list in this video. So what questions do you have about multitasking have you ever tried any of the tips that I mentioned or are there some others that you tried that work for you let me know about them in the comments section below and if you enjoyed this video be sure to like share and subscribe for more videos like this I upload every single friday so until next time guys remember don't let anything stop you from taking your life to the next level get out there and crush it!