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May 29, 2020


by Amanda Chong

General, Life Journey, Self Improvement

“So jealous of him! He can actually watch movies while solving math questions…”

As we grow older, we have more responsibilities on our shoulders. Within the same 24 hours, we have more things to do, and the to-do list gets longer and longer. What do we do? We multitask. We eat and watch movies at the same time, we talk on the phone while cooking. Even better, watch movie and solve math questions at the same time!

But do we actually multitask? Have you experienced burning your food while you were over the phone? Have you experienced laughing over a movie scene, came back forgot where you were on your math questions? Studies show that human brain can’t focus on more than one thing at the same time. That being said, multitasking is not about consciously doing multiple tasks at the same time but rapidly switching from one to another. Productivity could be lost due to task-switching[1], taking more time for us to complete tasks overall.

With limited resources, we should always prioritise our work to make the most out of our effort[2]. Of course, we can always work to improve our efficiency at multitasking, but that requires us to be focus and master each basic task for the start. We prioritise on being really good at one task before moving on to another, then eventually switching rapidly between them.

Almost half of 2020 is gone. Reviewing your 2020 goals, evaluating where you are right now, what are your priorities?

[1] Psychology and Neuroscience Blow-Up the Myth of Effective Multitasking. BY Scott Mautz. Published 2017, May 11.

[2] Setting priorities when failure isn’t an option. Published 2019, April 29.

*Topic inspired by Good Strategy Bad Strategy



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