What’s Actually Stunting Your Productivity (It’s Not Multitasking)

What’s Actually Stunting Your Productivity (It’s Not Multitasking)

Reader Comments (16)

  1. This makes so much sense, thank you! Of course, there are different types of multi-tasking. I’ve become aware recently how split-tasking REALLY affects my productivity, but actually in writing blog posts I sometimes HAVE to be on social media (if I’m blogging about that platform for example) or reading about the topic. It’s about being aware of what are necessary multi-tasks and what are split-tasks.

    • I’m glad you liked the post, Helen! I figure that it doesn’t matter as much what technology you’re using, as long as you only focus on one goal (writing your post) and don’t get distracted (by responding to notifications), you’ll be just fine 🙂 Thanks for reading!!

  2. Goal-oriented task-juggling, that’s a really good term for it. This post is so right-on and timely. Great information for all who want to be work effectively! Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes! I love having something to do with my hands while listening to a podcast or video. And yes, you better go get that phone 😉

  3. Super sensible. I’ve been waiting for an article that would stay away from the trend and somehow defend multitasking as much hype has been about bashing it! Love your parting thoughts Loryn! Truly, fascinating to hear an advice that makes us explore and not just spoonfeed it to the readers. Thanks and will share this to everyone!!

    • Thank you, Philip! When it comes to hype-y topics (especially in the marketing world!), it’s rare that something is truly laudable or deplorable. The reality usually lies somewhere between 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Hey Loryn!

    This is very interesting. I’ve learned something new today.

    I see the difference now of the types of “multi-tasking”.

    I multitask a lot. But I do it in that one way you are talking about here. I multitask with tasks I have to get done towards One goal. All of the things I’m working on are contributing to this one goal I am after. So, in a way, this type of multitasking is helping me get more done a lot faster. At least that is what I’m thinking! haha

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Cheers! 😀

    • Thanks, Freddy! Yep, I think you’ve got it exactly. It’s not about *how much* you’re doing, but rather how many goals you’re trying to achieve.

      Just yesterday I tried to water my plants while cooking breakfast. Let’s just say I had to start over again on the breakfast 😉

  5. This is so true! It’s right that one type of multi-tasking makes sense when everything is aligned towards the same end goal, unlike the stressful scenario of trying to spin plates at different speeds and in different directions. I actually do the ‘productive’ version quite a lot when I’m writing blog posts, and it doesn’t even feel like multi-tasking, but ask me to reply to an email while answering the phone? Nope, won’t happen!

    • Right? It’s as if the goal-oriented kind of multitasking is so natural, we don’t even realize we’re multitasking when we’re doing it. Thanks for reading, LJ!

  6. Hi Loryn,

    Great article! I love how you explained the two different types of multi-tasking. Often, we do find ourselves doing the second type when we are focused on one goal. When our full attention is given to a certain goal, we can perform many tasks that are in harmony with each other. I do that way too often when I’m researching a topic of interest, or something I’m looking to write about. I can read, analyze, categorize, and outline my topic; all that while just reading the first two articles. It all syncs up in my head while I’m reading.

    Thanks again for such great content! I love it!

  7. You’re so right, Loryn! If you focus on one specific goal and the different tasks lead to your desired end result, this makes a lot more sense as compared to carrying out different, unrelated tasks.

    I especially liked this statement : “There’s so much new all of the time, and so much potential for it to be meaningful, we have a hard time prioritizing our own intentions.”

    Nowadays, we are overwhelmed by all of the information we receive. This makes it pretty hard to stay focused on the task at hand, f.e.

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