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5 reasons to stop multitasking

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Here are five really good reasons to stop multitasking, starting right now:

  1. You’ll be more present. Focusing on the one task in front of you allows you to really see and experience it. Without your mind wandering to email alerts or other interruptions, you can plug along more efficiently and accurately.
  2. Your stress level will drop. Without feeling rushed to move from task to task and juggle bits and pieces of multiple things, you can relax. Focusing on and completing one task before you move to the next is more calming and satisfying.
  3. You’ll learn to protect your time. By being tuned in to every task, you can more easily identify time wasters and better manage your day.
  4. Your patience will increase. When you are fully tuned in and invested, you will find that you are more at ease and you’ll be less likely to let your anxiety affect your temper. 
  5. Your productivity will rise. You’ll deliver results faster with fewer errors—saving you all that time necessary to revise your work.

— Adapted from “How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking,” Peter Bregman, http://blogs.hbr.org.

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