The new year seems to be the trendy time to make goals. People want to exercise more, to eat better, to learn a new skill, to just generally turn into a better person. Me? I’m going to stop multi-tasking.
“There’s really interesting work showing that when you’re focused on what you’re doing, you become happier, even if what you’re doing is incredibly boring”
– Maria Konnikova, author of How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
Based on Konnikova’s work, trying to do maximize productivity by doing multiple things at the same time has the opposite effect – you just end up doing a lot of things badly, and are less happy as a result. There’s a discipline needed to reign yourself in from multi-tasking, but if you can achieve this discipline, you learn to really focus when you need to. I, for one, need to.
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