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Demolishing the multitasking myth

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Do you multitask? Do you pride yourself on being good at it? Do you work in an environment where multitasking is encouraged? Let's look at multitasking _ what it is, whether it works, what's going on in your brain when you multitask, and what it all means for you and your work. 

What is multitasking? The term "multitasking" comes from computing, where it's used to describe the simultaneous execution of more than one programme or task by a single processor. This idea was extended to human work, where it means the handling of more than one task at the same time by a person.

For example, you might be working on an important presentation while checking e-mail, chatting on Facebook, answering phone calls, watching the stock market, speaking with passing colleagues, and drinking a cup of coffee. Many executives view busy, tech-savvy multitasking employees as examples of high effectiveness and productivity. But is being busy the same as being effective? Are multitaskers more productive?

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