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Brain The Cognitive Costs of Multitasking

We've heard that multitasking impairs your ability to concentrate and do an effective job of each task. But did you know it can also have negative effects on your brain? Researchers have found that multitaskers may have difficulty paying attention and recalling information, and they may even experience decreased IQ.

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Naomi Karten
Are There Benefits to Multitasking?

Multitasking gets a bad rap, but not without reason. When we do it, we take longer to complete tasks, make more mistakes, retain less content, and get stressed. Can there be any benefits to multitasking? Naomi Karten found out there are at least a few. Read on to find out what they are.

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Naomi Karten
Avoid These Sneaky Time Wasters at Work

Ask people what the biggest time wasters are that they face at work, and the top three answers are usually endless email, meandering meetings, and social media. But some of the contributors to wasted time are less than obvious. Here are some of the sneakier time wasters that can happen at work.

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Naomi Karten
Calculating the Real Cost of Multitasking on Your Projects

The cost of delay due to multitasking is real. It’s invisible to most people, especially management. It’s not just the cost of time lost due to context switching; it’s the fact that projects don't get out on time, which hurts your maximum sales revenue. How do you calculate these costs of delay?

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Johanna Rothman
Media Multitasking on the Rise as Doctors Plead for Its Demise

Doctors are doing all they can to spread the word about the dangers of the newest consumer trend—media multitasking. But with those responsible for equipping our phones, tablets, and TVs with endless connectivity hard at work to increase the trend, are doctors too late to stop it?

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Noel Wurst
Using Agile to Avoid Excessive Multitasking

By keeping priorities clear and avoiding excessive multitasking, you can provide teams the space to work with attention to quality and adaptability. Agile processes give teams more control over their time, and this control can lead to the teams' being happier and more productive.

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Steve Berczuk
Learning by Osmosis

We've got access to more information than at any time in history, but all that information can be a benefit or a burden. Don't squander your attention. Spend it intelligently, and make sure you get something of value in return for your time by adjusting your information intake.

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Rick Scott
There's No Such Thing as Multitasking

Software professionals are multitaskers. Some are better at multitasking than others, but everyone does it because, after all, what choice do you have if you want to get everything done?

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Naomi Karten