How to stop multitasking and get something done

Don’t multitask! It’s a pointless, time-robbing illusion. If you want to get stuff done, do one thing at a time.

Your grandparents already knew that. Current research is starting to rediscover it, as reported at the Harvard Business Review blog, The Conversation: You Can’t Multitask, So Stop Trying. Key point:

… multitaskers do less and miss information. It takes time (an average of 15 minutes) to re-orient to a primary task after a distraction such as an email. Efficiency can drop by as much as 40%. Long-term memory suffers and creativity … is reduced.

From the same article, some hints for non-multitasking productivity:


  • Make an effort to do tasks one at a time.
  • Know when to close your door. (To keep others from interrupting.)
  • Admit that not all information is useful. (At some point, one more Google search does not help.)


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2 responses to “How to stop multitasking and get something done”

  1. The 2 ways I help my clients deal with nulti-tasking is by asking them to block “30 minutes interrupt-free zones” in their agenda and to practice “selective ignorance”; choosing one topic that they will stop following/reading/asking about.

  2. The 2 ways I help my clients deal with nulti-tasking is by asking them to block “30 minutes interrupt-free zones” in their agenda and to practice “selective ignorance”; choosing one topic that they will stop following/reading/asking about.

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