Leadership, Motivation, Personal Development, Perspective, Strategic planning


Many take pride in being able to do several things at once. Unfortunately, unless you are one of those very rare people who can actually do it, multitasking means doing things more poorly than if you had singletasked each task.

Research from Vanderbilt University indicates that people trying to do two tasks at once took up to 30 percent longer and had twice the mistakes of those who did the two tasks sequentially. Think you’re one of the special ones? Try the following task: Time yourself as you say, “abcdefg,” immediately followed by, “1234567.” Got it? Okay. Now do the same, but say, “a1b2c3d4e5f6g7.” Any difference in time and flow?

You get the picture. Sequential singletasking is much better than simultaneous multitasking. Try it. You might like it :-).


Taken from Caroline Webb’s book, How to Have a Good Day: Think Bigger, Feel Better and Transform Your Life


7 thoughts on “Singletasking

  1. the 400 or 4000 %, If I recall correctly the latter, statistic on increased risk of a collision while driving and using a cell phone,, would tend to support this single vs multi task view.

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  2. For a person like me who seriously cannot multi-task, it seems unreal to me that anyone actually does. I do see people hopping quickly from one foot to another. In the strictest sense, I challenge the concept of multi-tasking as even real.

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  3. What people claim to be multi-tasking (in the sense of two or more tasks being accomplished by one person simultaneously) may in fact simply be, as you point out, simply hopping from foot to foot. In other words moving from one task to another but not having adequate time to focus on any one task to do it properly.

    Good point, Chris. Thanks for sharing it :-).


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