Jan 09 2013

Focus More by Multitasking Less [#Infographic]

Research concludes that we aren’t as good at multitasking as we thought.

It would be fantastic if the browser or program on your screen right now was the only one open, but that’s unlikely. If you are like most Americans, this post is competing for your attention — along with other websites, your e-mail inbox, a Facebook notification and a text message. As a recovering multitasker, I can relate.

Online Universities released an infographic detailing how the multitasking lifestyle can lead to digital stress.

The average computer user switches programs 36 times an hour, or about once every two minutes. We call it productivity, but our brain calls it a major problem.

The human brain can only manage two tasks at once, which means accuracy drops when a third task is added. Neuroscientists believe multitasking can negatively affect our ability to concentrate, make decisions and set goals.

Technology has more than doubled the amount of media we consume, and although we use it to help organize ourselves, technology also provides us with more things to organize.

Here are three ways to kick your multitasking habit:

  1. Intentionally focus on tasks.
  2. Complete similar tasks together.
  3. Take a break.

But first, check out the full infographic below.

Digital Stress

This infographic originally appeared on Online Universities.

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