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Multitasking – Myth or Fact?

Multitasking is a useful and extremely powerful skill for monitoring multiple sources of information in our information-saturated lives for e.g. datamining, following an unfolding event, co-ordinating a group of people, or simply just looking for inspiration or entertainment. The act of multitasking is like scanning. However, it isn’t the same as giving a complex idea your complete attention – or allowing yourself to engage and connect deeply with the place you are in, the task, and the people you are sharing it with.  


This Infographic from The Good Coach – takes some data provided by the University of California and Microsoft and lays it out. It reveals is that introverted people are more likely to solve problems than extroverts. An extroverted person doesn’t stay with the problem until it is actually solved, but instead they often give up on finding a solution for it and move onto something else.

What’s further interesting is the fact that this research shows that it takes the human brain 15-20 minutes to recover from an interruption while you work.


These tips enable you to multitask better are quite basic.

The research shows that introverted people are better suited to multitask, not that they will create great things just because of it. Extroverted people might have a harder time multitasking, but they make up for it by making sure they are ahead of the game by interacting with people who help them do things.

In order to multitask, all you really need to do is to introduce yourself to a couple of main outputs of information and tap into them. Sift through what is important and process it together. That way you will always teach yourself to become a better multitasker.


By Yvonne Thackray


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