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Why you should stop multitasking?

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

You stare at your clock as time passes by, it is already 10pm. Glancing over at your study desk, it is piled high with assignments, notes and study materials for the upcoming tests.

You wonder to yourself, “How am I going to get all over these done in time?”. In the midst of all the panic and stress, you thought of a “marvelous” idea. “That’s right, I can just multitask and get everything done in half the time!”

More often than not, this idea of “multitasking” strikes us when we have very little time to complete a heavy workload. We tend to convince ourselves that in order to save time, we can simply do multiple things all at once as long as we focus and concentrate.

However, this is not the case, in fact it is quite the contrary and Math Lobby is going to tell you why today!

1. Multitasking? Not!

The act of multitasking is the human ability to complete multiple tasks at the same time, with the aim of being efficient and productive by doing more in less time. However, this is only a false perception when we think of it, because it only happens if everything is as ideal as perceive it to be.

In reality, the human brain is unable to function as effectively as we want it to be especially during times we try to multitask. Attempting to move back and forth from writing your English essay and solving trigonometric functions is not going to do you any good, but will only confuse your brain by mixing up the necessary concepts on the different subjects.

You will be thinking of the potential political agendas of the United States as they built a strong diplomatic tie with North Korea while you are trying to figure out how to draw a trigo graph of y=sin2x while you are writing on why Singapore has a strong financial reserve. This basically distracts you and makes you deviate exponentially from your aim of being focused, concentrated and accomplishing things in less time.

2. More prone to making mistakes

In addition to the potential distraction you could face when you are multitasking, it leads to you making mistakes more often. This is because multitasking splits the attention of your mind and it is not processing the right information at the right time, which makes you more prone to carelessness as you are not as attentive to what you are seeing right in front of you when you are multitasking as compared to when you are focused on a specific task.

Making more mistakes means you are not fully applying what you have been learning, and this renders the assignments and notes completed to be done for the sake of being done, which is not reflective of the actual level of understanding you possess on the topic itself.

3. Multitasking puts unnecessary stress on your mind

Since multitasking is the act of trying to complete multiple things all at once, your mind has to kick up a few notches out of its comfort zone, operating at maximum capacity attempting to accommodate to all the tasks you ordered it to process. This will only be temporal and short-lasting, which can only be maintained until your mind reaches a state of burnout.

Why this happens is because the constant thinking and trying to place as much attention to each and every portion of your tasks gives your brain an overwhelming level of stress which it cannot cope, at least not for long.

4. Multitasking drains your creativity

Multitasking requires a lot of what we call “working memory”, which is a limited capacity store for retaining information for a short period while performing mental operations on that information. However, when it is used up, it restricts us from thinking creatively, creating some sort of a mental blockage.

This is extremely disadvantageous if you are trying to gain inspirations or ideas for your essays, proposals and content for the next upcoming project. Instead of spending less time to complete your tasks, you will end up wasting more time trying to clear that mental blockage.

And that’s all for today, students! Math Lobby hopes that after reading through this article, you have gained valuable insights on the process of multitasking and why you should not do it!

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