Distractions are the epitome of my life. I have always been a proud multitasker, but I’m starting to realize that this isn’t always a good thing. Many of the environments that we work and live in each day don’t provide the structure to be a single-tasker. We utilize computers and networks that have instant messaging, email, and other “productivity” tools that perpetuate the rabbit hole syndrome that defines distraction. As a parent, I feel that I get interrupted all the time on a task by a request for help or to answer a plethora of questions from my kids and even husband that pull me away from focusing on my “job”.
I am an avid audiobook listener. I find it easier to listen to an audiobook while I do yard work, working on a crossword puzzle, or when playing an addicting game on my phone. Is this considered multitasking? I feel things like audiobooks increase the ability of multitasking. How many people do you know that sit and do nothing else while listening to an audiobook? I’ve never read more books in the past few months due to this “productivity tool”. I have difficulties reading an actual book because I have to put all my attention into and not let anything interfere. As I type this, perhaps this is my problem. In my opinion, there are times when multitasking can be beneficial in a leisure environment. However, there is a difference in multitasking for work-related tasks.
This article lists ten reasons why single-tasking is beneficial.