Everybody can do more than one thing at the same time. For example, you may read this article, listen to the radio and write an email to your friend. We call his ability multitasking. You may think, that multitasking saves your time, but it is not true. I’ll give you five reasons for not doing it.

  1. Your short-term memory has a limit. You can´t remember too many things.
  2. You can make a mistake, because your brain is too busy.
  3. You can miss an opportunity. For example you forget to call to your boss and you will not be promoted.
  4. You are not able to finish anything. You just jump from one task to another.

It takes you 40 % more time to finish your work.

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Everybody is able to do more than one thing at the same time. For example, while reading this article, you may be listening to the radio, having an e-mail conservation with your friend or may be thinking about your duties and plans. This ability is called multitasking. You may think, that multitasking saves you time and allows you to do your work in a more effective way, but it is not true. I’ll give you five reasons for not doing it.

  1. You won’t remember all the things – your short-term memory has a limit. If you receive excess information, you won‘t be able to memorize it.
  2. You may make mistakes – when you concentrate your attention on more than one task, your brain is disturbed and you can easily make a serious mistake.
  3. You miss opportunities – if your attention is divided between several tasks, you may easily forget to do something else. For example a phone call to your boss.
  4. Nothing comes to an end – during multitasking, you have several tasks in progress, jumping from one to another, but you are not able to finish them. It is stressful and your work is ineffective.

Multitasking consumes your time – focusing on more than one task at once makes you work slower and it takes you up to 40% more time to finish it.

Definitions

duty – something that you feel you have to do
allow – let somebody/something do something
short-term – lasting a short time
receive – get, accept
excess – more than is necessary, reasonable or acceptable
memorize – to learn something carefully so that you can remember it exactly
disturb – to interrupt somebody when they are trying to work, sleep, etc.
divide – separate
ineffective –  not having any effect
consume – to use something, especially fuel, energy or time

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Tutor and language consultant. Have been studying languages since childhood and speaks fluently English and French. Due to his special knowledge he manages to solve any language obstruction. As langauges are his hobby, he knows lots of interesting facts that are often neglected when learning in formal way and shares them with his students to bring them closer to the language.

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