Multi-tasking Is a Myth!

RethinkCare logo
RethinkEd logo
RethinkBH For Providers logo
RethinkBH For Health Plans logo

By: The RethinkCare Team

Drawing of woman multi tasking

Share with your community

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Stressed out professionals tend to multi-task. It gives us the feeling we’re getting more done. We wear it as a badge of honor. Spoiler alert! We’re wrong. Very, very wrong.

Research indicates that multitaskers are actually less likely to be productive. The brain focuses on one thing at a time. What we’re actually doing when we think we’re multitasking is task-switching, and the cost is high. It takes more time to get tasks completed if you switch between them than if you do them one at a time. You make more errors when you switch than if you do one task at a time.

In fact, researchers found that a lot of switching in a day can add up a 40% loss of productivity. I call it “multislacking.” Moreover, studies have shown that switching tasks leads to more stress. People with high rates of impulsivity and neuroticism tend to switch tasks more than others.

So why do we do we multitask? The illusion of productivity helps us feel more emotionally satisfied with our work. “Look at all the things I’m doing! I’m so productive.”

Now that we know that multitasking isn’t really a thing, it’s time to take a closer look at how we approach work, home life, and stress.

If our best go-to strategy (number one with a bullet) for dealing with being overwhelmed actually causes more harm than good, it’s time to change things up.

Here’s the point. What you spend your time thinking about matters. You’re training your brain all the time. Why not be intentional about it? Doing one thing at a time is how our brains work. Defeating that fact simply drives more and more stress the more you multislack.

Try focusing on one thing at a time today. See how it feels.

Share with your community

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Sign up for our Newsletter

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter on the latest industry updates, Rethink happenings, and resources galore. Simply follow the link to the footer and enter your email.

Related Resources

Podcast
  About this Podcast Episode On this episode, Angela and Kristin invite a guest, Pasha...
NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — RethinkFirst, the leading software and solutions provider in behavioral health, today...
Podcast
  About this Podcast Episode On this episode, Angela and Kristin discuss setting realistic expectations...

Learn more about Rethink

African American male and Caucasian woman working on laptop drinking coffee
RethinkCare logo

Take care of your people with RethinkCare’s evidenced-based solutions that support the well-being your entire employee base in all aspect of their lives - from personal to parenting, and professional

For Employers ›
School learning with diverse middle school students
RethinkEd logo

Build strong school communities and healthy, safe learning environments for all your students with RethinkEd’s evidence-based strategies and technology solutions across SEL, Special Ed, Behavioral & Training

For Educators >
Doctor helping girl with psycho pedagogical intervention
RethinkBH For Providers logo

Start, grow and manage your practice with Rethink’s workflow automation and evidenced-based clinical best practice tools that help you optimize outcomes and operations

For Providers >
African American women talking while seated
RethinkBH For Health Plans logo

Support your members and your provider networks with Rethink’s solutions that support autism care management across your network while offering unique value-added services to your members.

For Health Plans >
logo rethinkfirst white

Together We’re Powering Potential

Transforming the Behavioral Health landscape requires scalable platforms that address a broad range of mental, emotional, and wellness needs. At Rethink First we are proud to work across the continuum of care to help individuals and the people they care about live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.

New call-to-action

The leading behavioral and mental health enterprise platform to support working parents, caregivers and their families.

For Employers ›
New call-to-action

Award-winning solutions empower districts and their educators to improve outcomes and wellness for all tiers of students and to build healthy and safe learning environments.

For Educators >
New call-to-action

Fully integrated workflow automation and evidenced-based clinical tools help behavioral health organizations optimize outcomes and operations.

For Providers >
New call-to-action

Patent-pending clinical solutions and member engagement services streamline autism care management processes and support outcomes for health plans, providers, and members.

For Health Plans >