By writing this blog I am trying to understand what multitasking is. I think it is an interesting theme and it will be useful to know better about it.
"Multitasking refers to the ability of an individual or machine to perform more than one task, or multiple tasks, at the same time."(http://www.answers.com/topic/multitasking
) But does it really work?
Here is an example from my experience. I used to work as an office manager. Many of my duties had to be done at once: to answer phones, to send or recieve faxes, to respond to emails, to print documents, to generate a report, and to edit a form letter. As a rule I couldn't implement all these things without making mistakes. My colleagues was often very angry about my work. And I felt so stressed because of it and it was a reason of getting a depression as I used to think that I wasn't a good office worker. So my selfesteem was low.
I read some articles about multitasking and was surprised what scientists think according to it. They say that human brains are not able to think about more than one thing simultaneously, we are able to concentrate only at one thing at a time. People have an ability to switch between one task to another, hence to give concentration from one thing to another.
But many of us do errors during such switching. Why? I think it's depends from how quickly we are able to switch our concentration from one thing to another. Some people couldn't switch their concentration so quickly as requested and make mistakes often. I am that type of people I suppose. For me It would be more effectively to implement things one after another,not between them. It will save my time and my nerves too.
Nowadays when we have so many advanced technologies it is normal to do many actions simultaneously, it's became a life style for business people or for people at all. Every day we are trying to do multitasking: to type at computer and receive calls, to read and listen to music, to drive a car and speak by mobile phone, to eat and watch TV, etc. Many such actions seem not very difficult and are not worth to pay much attention to. May be it's true. But sometimes these actions could be very dangerous. For example to speak on mobile phone while driving a car can be compared with a drunker who is driving a car. I understand it like this: when we speak on the phone we forget for a while about driving and when we drive we forget about the phone talk.
Using advanced technologies is a big help for us to be more developed, modern and to implement our work more quickly and effectively. We all know that computers are capable to implement many programs at once but what about people, is it possible for us to accomplish many tasks simultaneously or it is just an ability to switch from one task to another? Is there an opportunity to develop such an ability and adjust ourselves to the new conditions? It would be very interesting for me to know your opinion about multitasking.
Many thanks for your attention to my blog,