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A Surprisingly Effective Alternative to Multi-tasking

September 25, 2023 Lisa Zawrotny Episode 176
Positively Living®: Do Less, Live More... Breathe Easier.
A Surprisingly Effective Alternative to Multi-tasking
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Multi-tasking is the idea of doing two things at once and it’s a myth because you can’t actually focus on two things at once. Now before you tell me everything you’ve done at the same time and how it’s on your resume because your boss required it, so it must be true…hear me out. 

This week, episode 176 of the Positively Living Podcast is about a surprisingly effective alternative to multitasking! 


What we consider to be multitasking is really “task switching.” And you might be brilliant at it. And many employers expect it regularly, which irks me, but it’s not a battle I can fight now. 


With task switching, your brain shifts from one kind of focus to another, and if you have strong executive brain functions, you can do it in such a way that it seems simultaneous. However, even if you’re quite amazing at it, frequent task-switching is inherently problematic. 


I discuss: 

  • What multi-tasking is and how we’re trained to think it works.
  • Why multi-tasking doesn't work for most multi-passionates.
  • A more effective alternative to multi-tasking.
  • Examples of task combining and how to use it every day.

Strategic task combining is not a foolproof technique, but it is still far superior to task switching. 


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A Surprisingly Effective Alternative to Multi-tasking
Task switching vs. multitasking and its impact on productivity.
Task switching costs and productivity.
Task combining for improved productivity.
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