Do you think multitasking helps you?

@r3jcorp (1384)
Philippines
November 7, 2011 10:37pm CST
Multitasking does not always means productivity. But a lot of working people are claiming that they are doing multitasking to have more work done. But thinking of it better, it seems you are just starting many initiatives/work. You should assess of how long does it take before you finish a work, maybe other started works are left undone for a year because as you finish one, you start another again. The thing is you may prioritize work which you like most, like for me, I hate photocopying and filing, while I like working with the computer. As soon as I finished with the computer, I'm sure a file would be here again so I will do it again forgetting the filing and photocopying. Do you think multitasking really helps? Unless, of course you follow a strict plan and target due date.
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@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
8 Nov 11
I think multi-tasking simply won't mean better efficiency if we are really trying to do multiple things at the same time. Our brain is simply incapable of thinking 2 or more different things concurrently nor we can memorize that many things without making errors. But then, as more and more information is appearing around us, we are more trained to queue up things and interleave them so as to appear handling multiple things concurrently. For example, I usually play PC games and watch TV and listen to music all "at the same time". And I can type a document and chat on the phone "concurrently". These all seem to be effective multi-tasking but is just interleave of actions only.
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
Multi-tasking do works depending on the type of work you are doing. Our brain though very powerful could handle only as much. Though they say, multi-tasking works with online work, I could see that you are just opening several window but actually working with only one window. But if the other one is loading and you switch to another window and start working again,
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
then multi-tasking is doing great, but still you cannot maximize fully the time.
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
8 Nov 11
multi tasking only a few can do. Even one task - we forget at times--nowadays I have problem in remembering where I kept my cell phone, pen drive, specs etc. One at a time is advisable. But if you are capable of achieving accuracy with multi tasking then you can do it.
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
I am a person who prefer accuracy rather than volume in work. It really depends on the kind of work you are doing. If we are talking of multitasking in our online jobs, yes it could be done. Just open several sites on different tabs and while you are loading a comment or doing a task, you may switch to the next tab. But if it involves physical work, I would prefer concentrating on one job then do the next one after I finished it.
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@ravisivan (14051)
• India
8 Nov 11
Even online multi tasking is not easily done by all of us. some of us can do it,. I have seen I commit mistakes when I do more than two things at a time. after all our mind can concentrate on one thing only at a time.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
I think that it depends on the kind of individual that you are. I feel that for some people, multitasking is highly helpful. Especially for those that frequently get bored, it helps to switch between various tasks so they won't become exasperated with one particular task. I think multitasking is especially wide for individuals with attention deficit disorder, since they have trouble focusing on one task.
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
Dolphinlover, welcome to mylot. I don't like to leave an unfinished work even if it is boring. Everything that is started should be finished then we can move to the next. Yes, it depends on the type of person and the type of work! Have a nice day!
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@ardoy0731 (6866)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
I always do multitasking at work due to lot of works in the office.I usually taking phone calls while doing sometime in my computer.Multitasking can really helps to finished some jobs at the same time but it is tiring too.
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
Yes, it is tiring and stressful too. For me, there are times that my body and mind would tell me to slow down a bit. With those times, I choose task which is more relaxing like encoding and recording at the logbook. Just to have extra time to re-energize for the next urgent task.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
I feel multitasking doesn't help and can make matters worse. I like to do one thing at a time, complete it and move on to the next task at hand. Multitasking can be useful in emergencies but that's it.
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
I was thinking too that more time is lost by multi-tasking or the output is not as good as if you are concentrating on only one task. Though there are few works which could be done simultaneously like doing the laundy while cleaning the yard. While the washing machine is doing most of the job, I usually hold the broomstick and start cleaning the yard. But if you tell me to do my online work while doing the laundry, yes, I could do it but not as better when I am doing online works alone.
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@surekharathi (14134)
• India
8 Nov 11
Yes multitasking help me mostly I started second work before completing first like filling water one side and other side cutting vegetables means both the work running simultaneously and time is saved.
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
Mothers are really an expert when it comes to multitasking. In fact, we can hold the baby and putting her to sleep while doing other task like grocery shopping or cleaning the house. Its more of thinking ahead the steps in doing something and if you think you have extra minute, use it in productive matter.
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@SIMPLYD (75303)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
It depends really on the kind of works you are to multitask actually. As to chores, i would usually wash those used in the preparation of what i am cooking, while what i am cooking is still going on. At the office, i like to do things that are of priority. Filing could be done in days that i have almost nothing to do anymore.
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
Hello SimplyD, yes it definitely depends on the type of task. If it entails a lot of thinking, then we must focus and concentrate on a single task and make sure to finish it before we move on to the next.
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• India
8 Nov 11
hi buddy..Yeah it is very difficult to perform multitasking in our daily life.During all my activities i definitely forgets one thing among my works.I think someone who do multitasking needs more concentration in all and good memory.
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
Hello Anusha. For us, I guess multi-tasking does not really works. It would be better to concentrate on one task before moving on with the next. Goodluck and God Bless!
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• Philippines
8 Nov 11
Well, multitasking is definitely not for me. Why? Because in whatever I do, I focus all of my attention into it. The world stops. Everything freezes. Each passing moment comes to a halt. All of these is because I focus all of my energies in one single task which I'm currently handling. And when that task is done, that's when I move on to the next. This is how I do things. I believe that doing so makes it less likely for my work to be considered of low quality.
@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
Same for me Piloncitos. I don't want works done halfbaked. That's why I classify my works/task which is urgent and not, important to less important. Then thats where I started to work with a single task and move to another after finishing it. You can see I am not the same eager person when I just graduated college, my brain is not working right for I forgot some things (maybe because of old age and after a ceasarian operation). Doing multi-tasking might bedangerous for me.
• Philippines
9 Nov 11
Work badly done is worse than work undone.
@Hatley (159273)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Nov 11
when I was a young mom yes i could multitask and had to with two kids 11 months apart, but now at an elderly age I do one thing well finish then go to the next and no time is really lost either.I no longer want or need to multitask at all.I will on the computer open several tabs and work between them but thats the height of my multitasking.
@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
10 Nov 11
Hi Hatley, at my current age of 37, I feel exhausted doing multiple jobs at the same time. Maybe you were much older when you started to feel that way. With regards to online jobs, which is opening a several tabs at the same time, I also apply multi-tasking. But thinking it better and of course recording the time started and finished and the quantity of work done, I couldn't do better unless I concentrate on one site. Like I try replying the comments on mylot the other day and I finished everything, and I thought I started 2-3 interesting topics. Yesterday, I try opening 2 tabs but I ended finishing only a request from a friend in mylot. This reminds me, the processor of a computer has also a limitation like the brain of a Human. We could not push it beyond its limit. Have a nice day Hatley...
@omchesunche (1755)
• Indonesia
8 Nov 11
well, understand we must have priorities when it comes to work on serious business. I think we should make priority list and do first thing first..I also don't like to working multitasking, most of the time I delegate my paper work or routine jobs to others and doing most important task by my own..
@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
8 Nov 11
By prioritizing task, we would be assured of the quality of work done and finished it on the due date. There are works that could wait or sometime works that could be done while resting. Encoding jobs and recording at logbook are tasks that I would love to do while having a coffee break. Have a nice day!
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
10 Nov 11
I also have the same discussion with you. I've been doing multi-tasking for almost 5 years now. It is very hard to do when you have lot's of due date on both work. I got stress and physical exhaustion as the rip on doing multi-tasking. The saddest part is no additional salary and no consideration from the boss. Employers think that employee should always be busy every hour, even if it's not in the scope of job description. Why does "as may assign by the superior" task always includes in the job description?
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
9 Nov 11
When i was still working, my job always involved around multi-tasking to be able complete. If i don't multi-tasking them, i think my job will need a few more person to complete them. I think my ex-boss was lucky to be able to employed me, since i can handle 3 persons jobs at a time when i work. That's why, i see my boss feels very sad when i had decided to resigned at that time. Besides that, i had gained more knowledge through multi-tasking. Now, i am also multi-tasking everyday, so able to find some time to online, while completing my daily household works.
@glowin100 (124)
9 Nov 11
I think it means "more work, no better pay". glowin100
• United States
9 Nov 11
I'm not the best multitasker but when I employ the technique I typically get a lot of work done. Usually in crunch time, when I'm last minute on an assignment or I really need to get two or more things done, I hone in, and accomplish the task! Generally, I'm lazy but when there's work to be done, I handle my business. Using music to provided an upbeat ryhtym also helps me to be speedy and efficient. Multitasking is key to life as we breathe while responding to discussions, lol!
@lynnemg (4540)
• United States
9 Nov 11
I think that multi-tasking can be very beneficial at times. I know that I get a lot more done when I manage my time in such a way that I can multi-task rather than do only one thing at a time. FOr example, I will do my laundry while cleaning the rest of the house because the washer and dryer run by themselves, but I have to actively dust, sweep and mop. When it comes to work, I also find that multi-tasking can be beneficial as long as I do smaller tasks while I am working on a bigger task. For example, I drive my kids to deliver papers on a daily basis, so, while I am sitting in the car waiting for them to get back, I will also work on things like making my grocery list, or list of things I need to get done the following day. It may seem like a small task, but it is a needed one for me, so whether I get it done while doing other things or I do it at a later time, I will have to get it done. Doing this smaller task while I am out doing the larger task makes more sense for me.