3 Reasons to Stop Multitasking

Updated on May 6th, 2021

If multitasking is a habit of yours, you probably aren’t really doing yourself any favors. The idea that multitasking allows you to get more done is a big myth especially when it comes to your business.

Sure, you can probably cook and watch T.V. or read a book while on the elliptical at the gym, but when it comes to your work, you probably don’t want to be working on a serious project and trying to schedule social media updates to promote your business at the same time.

Here are three reasons why you need to stop multitasking when it comes to your business, and what you should do instead.

1. It’s Wasting Your Time

Personally, I can’t even write an article while listening to music from my favorite recording artist. I might be able to turn on a playlist that has soothing music without lyrics, but if I really need to focus on fleshing an idea out, I’ll probably pause the music or turn it down.

I find that I work slower and I’m less focused when I try to take on too many tasks at once.

Doing something as simple as checking your email all day long while you’re working on projects can slow you down and extend your work day.

According to the American Psychological Association, doing more than one task at a time can cause mental blocks and take up 40 percent of one’s productive time.

While it may seem like it’s better to kill two birds with one stone by taking on multiple tasks at the same time, you’re not really doing yourself any favors because it can take longer to complete the tasks as a whole than it would to knock out each item on your to-do list one by one.

2. You’re Making Mistakes

One of the worst consequences of multitasking is making mistakes due to lack of focus. If you’re not giving your full attention to something important, odds are you’re going to make a few errors or even spend more time going back over your work in fear that you forgot something.

Even if you are doubling up on your tasks and getting things done quicker, is it worth making several mistakes and losing your credibility?

3. This Habit Can Cause You To Forever Combine Your Personal and Work Life

Working for yourself is amazing, but one of the downsides is the fact that it can be hard to know when to stop working and enjoy your personal life.
There’s always going to be an unread email or something that needs to be done. Still, it’s important to unplug when necessary so you can obtain the proper amount of rest and refuel for the next day of work.

If you opt to check your emails at the dinner table or while you’re supposed to be watching a movie with your spouse or have a conference call while you’re picking your child up from school because you feel they won’t notice your lack of engagement, you’ll be training your child not to separate their own personal and professional life.

Instead of Multitasking, Do This

Instead of multitasking, find out which time of the day you are most productive during your work hours and rank your daily tasks in order of importance.

Try to dedicate your undivided attention to the most complex tasks and knock them out one-by-one or even take a break in between.

You can also outsource simpler tasks or things you don’t want to do to your team or a virtual assistant.

You can make better use of your time and potentially earn more money by doing things this way.

Summary: Stop Trying to Do Everything at Once

Multitasking is a bad idea when it comes to your business.

Instead of trying to do multiple tasks at once, streamline your process, make the most of your designated work time to maximize your productivity, and outsource to fill in the gaps.

Choncé Maddox

Choncé Maddox

Choncé Maddox is a debt expert. She helps ambitious millennials and Generation Z get our of the mounds of debt they are in following college. In 2015 she realized she couldn’t afford to do her own laundry, she was so broke. She had to make a change. Over the next three years she personally tackled $50,000 in debt and became debt free. She teaches others her passion since.

About Due

Due makes it easier to retire on your terms. We give you a realistic view on exactly where you’re at financially so when you retire you know how much money you’ll get each month. Get started today.

Due Fact-Checking Standards and Processes

To ensure we’re putting out the highest content standards, we sought out the help of certified financial experts and accredited individuals to verify our advice. We also rely on them for the most up to date information and data to make sure our in-depth research has the facts right, for today… Not yesterday. Our financial expert review board allows our readers to not only trust the information they are reading but to act on it as well. Most of our authors are CFP (Certified Financial Planners) or CRPC (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) certified and all have college degrees. Learn more about annuities, retirement advice and take the correct steps towards financial freedom and knowing exactly where you stand today. Learn everything about our top-notch financial expert reviews below… Learn More