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The Multitasking Myth: What Business Owners Should Know

Do you feel like you’re juggling too many tasks at work? While multitasking may feel productive, plenty of research shows that our productivity actually decreases significantly when we multitask. Here’s why business owners should stop multitasking and start focusing on one task at a time.

Multitasking impairs productivity

While multitasking feels like we’re getting more done in less time, the truth is that multitasking can cause us to make more mistakes and take longer to complete a single task. Research has found that even a 3-second distraction can more than double the number of errors people make while completing a single task. It takes longer to refocus after becoming distracted, which is why even seemingly minimal distractions like checking your cellphone notifications or email can seriously impair your productivity.

Multitasking increases stress levels

Multitasking can “trick” our brains into believing we’re being more productive, releasing a dopamine rush that encourages future multitasking. However research has found that multitasking can increase our stress levels and negatively impact our short-term memory. While multitasking can feel great at the time, we are often overly optimistic about our abilities to handle multiple tasks at the same time. As a result, we are less careful about our work and make more mistakes.

How to stop multitasking

Are you ready to stop multitasking, especially while at work? It may be time to hire an outsourcing service to handle tasks like assembly, packaging, and shipping for your business. Instead of worrying about multitasking to handle these responsibilities, you can focus on your core competencies and start growing your business. Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries offers a wide range of outsourcing services, including assembly, kitting, packaging and shipping services for businesses just like yours. If you’re ready to stop multitasking and regain focus, contact the development professionals at Ohio Valley Goodwill to arrange a free tour of our facilities and learn more.