Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Reasons Why Writers Should Never Use Multitasking

Studies are showing that people who multitask are accomplishing less than those who tackle one task at a time (Stanford News).

Some writers have been swayed for the formerly trendy notion of multitasking and have tried working on multiple writing projects at the same time. The only problem is that these multitasks aren’t finishing what they’ve started.

1. Multitaskers Get Less Done

Multitasking decreases your productivity. When you are trying to write several blog posts, create an outline for your next book, and talk on the phone, the most you will accomplish is creating a big mess. Your brain needs to focus on something. If you have too many things going on at once, your brain will focus on nothing. Your work will be scattered and riddled with errors. That phone call? You probably won’t remember what was said.

2. Increases Stress Levels

Writing a book and arching your deadlines can be stressful enough. Imagine trying to accomplish multiple tasks at once, each with their own amount of stress levels. From the start, you will be in a hustle to get all the activities done and you will quickly burn out.

3. May Lower Your IQ

Studies that have tested the IQ of people who were asked to multitask while performing cognitive tasks found that multitasking can lower an adult’s scores to that of a child’s. Why would a writer do that to her or himself?

4. Increases Mistakes

Your brain can handle up to two tasks at a time. Anything over that two-task limit and your brain will not be able to focus properly. Mistakes will be made.

This means, you can safely listen to music while you work on your book. However, if you add text messaging to that mix, you are more likely to increase spelling errors and lose track of your book’s plot.

5. Decreases Creativity

While you are trying to write a blog post, check your email, and watch the news at the same time, you are decreasing your brain’s ability to be creative. With multiple activities, there’s just no room left upstairs for spontaneous or creative thought.

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