The Great Multitasking Hoax

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Multitasking has become so mainstream that everyone thinks it's something that they should be able to do and do it often in fact there is more than 8.6 million web pages teaching how to "multitask"



Don't fall for the hype and BS, stop snorting the multitasking drug. It's a myth that only leads to failure

Steve Uzzell once said - "Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time"

And it's true ever feel like you've worked your ass off all day but yet you got nothing done?

Yeah me too and chances are you thought you were doing the smart thing by multitasking when actually you were royally screwing up your productivity.

Let me give you a quick history lesson...

The concept of humans doing more than one thing at a time has been studied since the 1920's but the term "multitasking" didn't come about until the 60's. Back then it was used to describe computers (not people).

The speed of computers seemed so fast that they needed a whole new word to describe it's ability to quickly perform many tasks. In hindsight they made a mistake using the word multitasking.

Multitasking is about multiple tasks alternately sharing one resource, the central processing unit or CPU for short but in time the context got skewed and became known to mean multiple tasks being done at the same time by one person or resource.

After all computers can only read one line of code at a time so when they "multitask" they switch back and forth, alternating it's attention until both tasks are done.

It just does it at such a fast speed that it gives the illusion it was done all at the same time..

So if a computer can't even multitask what the fly frog shyt makes you think you can?...

OK OK I can already here some smart arse getting excitable ready to state...

"I can walk and talk at the same time, or listen to music and work out at the same time, what about that Jouvan?"

Yeah I get it Dick (a name for my fictitious smart ass)

But I am talking about focused work that takes mind power. You can't perform an effective sales call while writing a great blog post now can you?

You can give it a go but I know without a shadow of a doubt they will both be a load of crap they won't even be good enough to fertilise soil. The more things you split your focus between the lesser the quality of work you are putting out.

Instead create time blocks for focused work and give all your brain power to that one task before moving on to the next. You will find that you will get much more done in a shorter space of time and the quality of your work will increase.

Stop chasing two hares, because we all know you will come home with non.

Jouvan Johnson
The IM Anarchist
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Great point re Mind power's connection to focused work

    There are actual RESEARCH studies that show the following

    1) Will power is required for focus
    2) Will power is available in LIMITED AMOUNTS daily
    3) Everything you do can up up WILL POWER so spend it wisely

    In other words, don't waste will power on email while you work on a higher priority task

    Do higher priority tasks first then do email or play CLASH OF CLANS on your tablet

    Do the important stuff first
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    • Profile picture of the author Jouvan Johnson
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      Great point re Mind power's connection to focused work

      There are actual RESEARCH studies that show the following

      1) Will power is required for focus
      2) Will power is available in LIMITED AMOUNTS daily
      3) Everything you do can up up WILL POWER so spend it wisely

      In other words, don't waste will power on email while you work on a higher priority task

      Do higher priority tasks first then do email or play CLASH OF CLANS on your tablet

      Do the important stuff first
      That's a great point, thanks for sharing, that is probably why If I do not create content first thing it becomes so much harder to do it later on in the day
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  • Profile picture of the author cynthiaSEL
    Indeed! It seems to be part of personal growth, to be willing to move to the point where you block out time. Then focus on getting something important to you done with your best efforts for however big or small that block of time. Using all of you! Without distractions.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jouvan Johnson
      Originally Posted by cynthiaSEL View Post

      Indeed! It seems to be part of personal growth, to be willing to move to the point where you block out time. Then focus on getting something important to you done with your best efforts for however big or small that block of time. Using all of you! Without distractions.
      Yeah I think it will be something most of us struggle with for a very long time. We trick ourselves into thinking we are being productive when we are "busy" when in fact we are getting nothing done
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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    Originally Posted by Jouvan Johnson View Post

    Multitasking has become so mainstream that everyone thinks it's something that they should be able to do and do it often in fact there is more than 8.6 million web pages teaching how to "multitask"



    Don't fall for the hype and BS, stop snorting the multitasking drug. It's a myth that only leads to failure

    Steve Uzzell once said - "Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time"

    And it's true ever feel like you've worked your ass off all day but yet you got nothing done?

    Yeah me too and chances are you thought you were doing the smart thing by multitasking when actually you were royally screwing up your productivity.

    Let me give you a quick history lesson...

    The concept of humans doing more than one thing at a time has been studied since the 1920's but the term "multitasking" didn't come about until the 60's. Back then it was used to describe computers (not people).

    The speed of computers seemed so fast that they needed a whole new word to describe it's ability to quickly perform many tasks. In hindsight they made a mistake using the word multitasking.

    Multitasking is about multiple tasks alternately sharing one resource, the central processing unit or CPU for short but in time the context got skewed and became known to mean multiple tasks being done at the same time by one person or resource.

    After all computers can only read one line of code at a time so when they "multitask" they switch back and forth, alternating it's attention until both tasks are done.

    It just does it at such a fast speed that it gives the illusion it was done all at the same time..

    So if a computer can't even multitask what the fly frog shyt makes you think you can?...

    OK OK I can already here some smart arse getting excitable ready to state...

    "I can walk and talk at the same time, or listen to music and work out at the same time, what about that Jouvan?"

    Yeah I get it Dick (a name for my fictitious smart ass)

    But I am talking about focused work that takes mind power. You can't perform an effective sales call while writing a great blog post now can you?

    You can give it a go but I know without a shadow of a doubt they will both be a load of crap they won't even be good enough to fertilise soil. The more things you split your focus between the lesser the quality of work you are putting out.

    Instead create time blocks for focused work and give all your brain power to that one task before moving on to the next. You will find that you will get much more done in a shorter space of time and the quality of your work will increase.

    Stop chasing two hares, because we all know you will come home with non.

    Jouvan Johnson
    The IM Anarchist
    By common sense, I feel it is better and more important to focus on one thing at a time.

    Unless you are working for a boss who requires you to multi-task but even so, that is the problem you need to learn to manage yourself.

    Also unless you are a fast learner in delivering what people need and want - be it bosses or customers or even prospects, chances are you are going to screw up.

    Unless you are a boss yourself and have a team of assistants helping you in different aspects of the work.

    For instance you know the importance of list building and email marketing as the core foundation to build your online business upon, then go ahead and learn those until you made your first dollar and scaled up to $1000-2000 monthly income.

    Don't try SEO, E-Commerce, Kindle Publishing etc at the same time as they may distract you and end you up as

    The Jack Of All Trades And Master Of None

    It is like job hopping from one company to another offline. An insurance manager told me this very strictly before I left to start my online business full-time.

    Always commit to what you are best at until you succeeded.
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  • Profile picture of the author katerinavaiou
    Yes indeed multitasking is a great hoax.
    However there are so many so called self claimed experts, who will make you believe that multitasking is the only way to get success in internet marketing. That is definitely not true.
    Same is the case when someone tells about multiple income sources and things like that. Look at big companies like Google, Facebook etc, they are only focusing on single thing in which they are good.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jouvan Johnson
      Originally Posted by katerinavaiou View Post

      Yes indeed multitasking is a great hoax.
      However there are so many so called self claimed experts, who will make you believe that multitasking is the only way to get success in internet marketing. That is definitely not true.
      Same is the case when someone tells about multiple income sources and things like that. Look at big companies like Google, Facebook etc, they are only focusing on single thing in which they are good.
      I have to disagree on the statement about multiple income sources. There is the fact that the average million has on average 7 sources of income the thing to note is that they didn't start all 7 at the same time. They got one working before they moved onto the next
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Hey great JJ they found you a home in the off topic , where they belong!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jouvan Johnson
      Originally Posted by Regional Warrior View Post

      Hey great JJ they found you a home in the off topic , where they belong!
      Thank you for coming to say hi. Not sure it will be my home though just a place I visit now and then
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      • Profile picture of the author Gary Chapple
        Never been a fan of the term multitasking, to a degree we all do it, we're all ridiculously busy these days making umpteen decisions in an hour which our grand parents would spend a month making.

        So we all keep many balls juggling in the air whilst putting one task to bed at least that's the way I do it. I personally don't believe we achieve anything when trying to multitask. Of course i'm sure they are those who will prove me wrong.

        Apparently women can multitask whilst men cannot, that is simply not true ask a woman to sit down and shut up, they can't do it. lol.

        - Whoah it's a JOKE, I'm not a MCP.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jouvan Johnson
          Originally Posted by Gary Chapple View Post

          Never been a fan of the term multitasking, to a degree we all do it, we're all ridiculously busy these days making umpteen decisions in an hour which our grand parents would spend a month making.

          So we all keep many balls juggling in the air whilst putting one task to bed at least that's the way I do it. I personally don't believe we achieve anything when trying to multitask. Of course i'm sure they are those who will prove me wrong.

          Apparently women can multitask whilst men cannot, that is simply not true ask a woman to sit down and shut up, they can't do it. lol.

          - Whoah it's a JOKE, I'm not a MCP.
          I'm sitting here waiting for the feminist backlash to attack you loool...

          Was seriously funny though

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  • Profile picture of the author brookeharper08
    Multitasking is very much a recipe for disaster. It leads to unnecessary stress that does more harm than good. Instead of multi-tasking, we could do well with making use of automation and taking a break once in a while. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Heather Leigh 93
    Sometimes I find I can multitask things but only very simple things that don't require much attention. However if it's something to do with my online jobs and business then I have to have my full attention on it otherwise my thought get scattered and I end up doing a crappy job. So when I'm focusing on my work I'm putting 100% effort into it.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    [QUOTE=Jouvan Johnson;11019807]Multitasking has become so mainstream that everyone thinks it's something that they should be able to do and do it often in fact there is more than 8.6 million web pages teaching how to "multitask"

    148 milion web pages for the beatles

    demonstrates the vast majority of people have their priorities right
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