Why “multitasking” is an inefficient word

Even the word multitasking is inaccurate and inefficient. Why? Because we’re trying to use one word to describe multiple different processes.

This is why I suggest we replace it with two words: Switch-tasking and Background-tasking. I go into more detail on what those words mean in the video below, so please watch to learn which of these actions is more effective.

The next time you think you’re “multitasking,” ask yourself whether you’re switch-tasking OR background-tasking instead. The answer will determine your level of productivity.

Not entirely convinced that multitasking is a myth, but your interest is piqued? I’d be more than happy to come and speak at your company’s next event to give more clarity to this popular topic. Find out more about my speaking topics and availability at DaveCrenshaw.com/speaker.


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