5 Reasons Why Multitasking is Worse For Productivity Than Smoking Marijuana

Why Multitasking Is Bad

Why Multitasking Is Bad

Think Multitasking is the most efficient way of getting things done? I know I used to. It seems to make sense right – doing multiple things at once would cut time in half? That’s a no-brainer. In fact there have been many books and articles written on How to Multitask and get more done.

Recent research however, has shown that multitasking is actually worse for productivity than if you were high! What!!?? Yep – it actually lowers your IQ. Yikes! I don’t know about you but I need every one of those IQ points I can get! So if you pride yourself on being a multitasker –   You might want to reconsider after reading this recent research.

Here are the top 5 reasons to give up on multitasking:


1. Productivity Goes Down 40% –

We don’t actually multitask but instead switch between tasks rapidly, jumping from one thing to another, interrupting ourselves constantly and losing valuable time in the process

2. Lowers your IQ

Studies show that while working, being distracted by incoming calls or emails lowers a person’s IQ by 10 points – Hmm that explains why there really are so many “dumb” drivers.

3. Multitasking kills the ability to think creatively

The more tasks you add the less efficient your brain is, causing it to close down energy draining programs such as creativity.

4. Limits the ability to make wise decisions

Overload on your mind inhibits it’s ability to sort through thoughts  and consequences correctly and strains the ability to make wise choices.

5. Decreases memory function

Too many tasks at once clouds the mind’s ability to focus and remember important details.

It is pretty obvious that staying focused on one task at a time is the “smartest” way to go in terms of productivity.  


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Check out more statistics on the infographic below about how multitasking affects the average person.




Crazy right!?

How bout you? Have you any success with multitasking? Or do you find that it actually makes you less productive? We would love to hear from you in the comments…

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  • I will be the first to admit that I’m super guilty of this, but now I realize how unproductive it really is. I mean seriously, 546 hours of wasted time! That’s almost 23 days lol good lord..

    Okay, well thanks for the super informative post and now I’ll get back to focusing on ONE thing.

    Thanks Joseph!

  • Johnson

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    it always distract me

  • So much for multitasking being a good thing. 40% decrease in productivity is an eye opener.

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  • Hi Joe,

    First of all, allow me to congratulate you for your great work.

    About multitasking, I think it is not for everyone. This is why I can’t agree totally with that study.

    May we know where to find the whole study and who did it?

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