I’m always looking at my phone. Itching to scroll up and down the screen. Yearning to check my email. Nervous about wondering what’s happening on Twitter. I think that by reading a paper and checking email I am being more productive. I even have two monitors, so I can get MORE done.
But maybe I (and you) are fooling ourselves into thinking that even though we are doing “more”, we are really doing LESS.
McKinsey’s Quartely a journal from McKinsey and Company said that multi tasking limits you in three ways:
- Slows us down
- Hampers creativity
- It makes us anxious and it’s addictive
The article reads:
For all the benefits of the information technology and communications revolution, it has a well-known dark side: information overload and its close cousin, attention fragmentation. These scourges hit CEOs and their colleagues in the C-suite particularly hard because senior executives so badly need uninterrupted time to synthesize information from many different sources, reflect on its implications for the organization, apply judgment, make trade-offs, and arrive at good decisions.
Check out the full article here.
I highly suggest you read it (while not glancing at your computer or phone) and consider how you can get more done and live a healthier, digital life, while still running your business.