I read an article on Fortune (dot) com a while back about multitasking and why it may not be good for you). Here’s a brief excerpt (click the headline to read the rest):
by Earl Miller
“Start by blocking out a period of time to focus. Eliminate as many distractions as possible: Put away your phone, turn off extra computer screens, shut down your email if you have to. Don’t try to mono-task by willpower alone; it’s too hard to fight the thirst for new information. Instead, prevent the urge by removing temptation. If you find yourself unable to concentrate, try taking a short break and move around. Increasing blood flow to your brain can help restore focus.”
One of the cornerstones of Working Smarter for Mac Users is that you get more work done when you focus on one task at a time. I knew this instinctively, but only after years of trial and error, which is why I found the science that seems to prove it so fascinating.