Multitasking is not a skill to add to your resume, but rather a bad habit to put a stop to.
–Larry Kim, Warning: Multitasking is Killing Your Brain
Even the ancient Romans knew better: “A man who chases two rabbits catches none.”
MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller points out that the human brain is designed to focus on one thing at a time. Those who try to multitask are actually switching from one task to another as rapidly as they can. Producing overload!
The cost of such activity is that the brain slows down as it seeks to deal with the information overload. The second cost is that a bad habit is formed.
Task completion is rewarded by the hormone dopamine. Regardless the insignificance of the task.
Switching tasks rapidly provides a rush of instant gratification so that we feel as though we have accomplished much. When we have not.
Multitasking lowers your work quality and efficiency. And that, my friends, is a bad habit to develop.