For years, I judged people’s efficiency by their ability to multitask. And I am not alone. Many women I encounter attribute their success (both in their careers and in their lives outside the office) to their multitasking abilities. I’ve also been guilty of accusing others of being inefficient specifically because they cannot multitask (sorry darling.)
Lately, I’m wondering if I had it all wrong. ”Always-on, multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making us unhappy,” writes Derek Dean and Caroline Webb in a report for McKinsey Quarterly.
Calling multitasking a “terrible coping mechanism,” the report recommends three ways to manage with this modern-day evil:
1. Focus: Create some alone time and don’t forget to occasionally shut down your email, close your web browsers and let calls go to into your voicemail.
2. Filter: Accept that you cannot be on top of everything and delegate appropriately.
3. Forget: Apparently, our brains need some down time. Go for a walk, do some yoga, spend some time with your loved ones.
And if you needed further evidence on the perils of mutlitasking, get this: it can make you fat.
A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that eating while you work at your desk is a sure-fire way to pack on the pounds. Where was this study when I first started this habit 15-years ago?
Category: Career Girl