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Productivity: how multitasking steals time

I know what you’re thinking.  “But I’m great at multitasking!  If I wasn’t I wouldn’t get anything done.”  It might feel like that, but in reality the opposite is true.

Have you ever heard the term ‘context switching’?  Even if you haven’t you probably do it all the time.  Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a piece of work and then you hear your email alert sound?  It probably isn’t anything urgent and you know you could wait until you’ve finished what you’re doing.  Yet somehow, you find yourself clicking onto your email to see what’s there.  Does that sound familiar?

You might be surprised to know that even a few seconds looking away from the task in hand could really cost you in terms of time.

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