Multitasking means working on several projects concurrently. Today’s technology enables us to stretch our attention over several simultaneous activities, like reading deleting spam in your email inbox while speaking on the phone to a client.
The latest scientific research indicates that multitasking - the very quality most employers seek - can lead to stress and burnout, which in turn leads to loss of productivity.
According to Dr. Etienne Koechlin of France's National Institute of Health and Medical Research: "The human prefrontal function seems to be built to control two tasks simultaneously. It means in everyday behaviour we can readily switch between two tasks but not between three (or more)."
Some people thrive on doing little bits here and little bits there, others need to see a task to its end before moving on to something new. It all depends on your own unique Working Style.
Are you the type of person who prefers to work sequentially or simultaneously? Find out.