Multitasking was once what I thought to be a true gift and talent that I had, and I wore the badge that said I was able to multitask very well. According to Karlins (1994), “You have a special talent, and you should be grateful you do. The future belongs to us multitaskers, so get on with all those things you were doing with a smile on your face.” In this statement from my experiences, I found flaws and inconsistencies not just with the statement but with the work I was presenting to others. What I found was that the initial challenge to multitask projects, whether it was school work, taking care of children, being a husband, starting a business, working full-time, and building relationships with prospective partners, was to me an adrenalin rush that I could do all things and do them well.
The pros at first glance for me was that I was a go-getter, a man who could handle many different challenges in business, and I was a focused and confident individual. According to Gaille (2015), multitasking creates habit and adaptability. By multitasking it helps you have multiple thoughts and reactions that will trigger a process in your mind allowing habits to be adapted quickly and as a result decisions are made. I can say that the many decisions that I had to make a few years ago probably would not have been made without the ability to multitask.
The cons can be a bit disturbing, and if you weren’t careful, you could miss why multitasking could have a multitude of issues. According to Gaille (2015), “Multitasking creates a lot of time loss” this statement is an interesting one because it sheds light on the word multitasking. The word has an alternate meaning “Switching”. The reality is that the individuals that think they are multitasking are indeed switching, this simply means that the brain isn’t multitasking but switching each time another task is done and this creates a loss of time. Another con that I believe I participated in is that multitasking brings a level of procrastination. According to Gaille (2015), the idea comes from being overly confident which makes you believe you can leave one task without completion and then go to another task with the expectation of going back to complete the first task in the allotted time for completion. The arrogance in this action will almost always get your blood pressure elevated, because of the stress you are putting on your mind and body.
Finally, from my experiences over the years in multitasking, I have found that as a result, I became emotional and physically burnout. In all actuality, I didn’t even realize until I started reading “It’s A Jungle in There”, and researching multitasking. I can also say that looking back on my work and the many different things I was multitasking with I gave a sub par attempt, due to the switching back and forth. I would have much preferred to have given an above average attempt than an average attempt.
Schussler, Steven (1994). It’s A Jungle In There. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Gaille, Brandon (2015). retrieved from http://brandongaille.com/12-multitasking-pros-and-cons/