Multi-tasking Will Kill You

Multi-tasking Will Kill You

When I’m playing chess while talking on the phone, not only am I barely able to focus on the phone conversation but my chess rank goes down by about three standard deviations. In other words, the non-phone version of me can beat the phone version of me 95% of the time. That’s a big jump down.  And this is a result of doing just two tasks that I’ve done for tens of thousands of hours since I was a kid.

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I totally agree. The thing me and my ex-boss disagreed about the most, is multi tasking. I strongly believe (and feel), much like this article writer, that it can be done, but it severely harms the quality of your results.

What do you prefer, to complete 10 tasks at only 5% of your potential, or chose the most important one and knock it out the park?


I don’t believe in multi tasking. Do you?