My Initial Thoughts on Multitasking..
When thinking about what multitasking actually is, I think about an individual doing a number of tasks at one time. I would consider myself a great multitasker.
For my high school and university career, I was a server and always needed to complete many tasks in a certain period of time. I also think as a teacher, I feel like I am CONSTANTLY doing many tasks at the same time throughout the day. In saying this, I am glad we had to reflect on multitasking this week as I have always wondered about the benefits and value of doing it ALL the time. I feel as in some situations multitasking is much necessary and inevitable. However, in situations where you can have a choice on whether or NOT you need to multitask, I wonder if doing one thing at a time would be more valuable or beneficial to your time and sanity.
After watching the Single-tasking Is the New Multitasking video, I can totally to relate to him when he was giving examples of how many tabs he has open at the same time. As I am writing this reflection on google docs, I have eight additional tabs open…OPPPS!! AND I am also watching the Vikings game (woohoo they won).
DOUBLE OPPS! While reading through other blogs, I realized Joe and I share a similar experience as he states “so Adam thinks he’s pretty hot stuff having 6 whole tabs open. I’ve got 8 tabs open right now. BROWNS Make that 9, just checked on my Cleveland Browns.” To funny. In a way, I do think multi-tasking can have some benefits, especially when our lives can be crazy busy. As Peter says in his article Data Snapshot: The state of productivity suites in the workplace, “Over the years, technology has been pivotal in helping organizations and individuals complete tasks more quickly while exerting less effort.” There definitely a time and a place for it.
But going back to the question Alec raised this week, is the Internet really a productivity tool or merely an endless series of distractions. I totally think it CAN be. I think it all comes down to self-control.
Like James said in his video, if we can encourage ourselves to work with necessary tabs open while doing homework or when at work, people would get MORE done. I mean, on the flip side, it can be very difficult especially when a lot of the time one thing leads to another on the internet.
In terms of creating a world of multitaskers that don’t accomplish much, I totally think some people have fallen under this category. I think this week myself and my group members (Amy B, Colette, Kyle) did a great job presenting a variety of different productivity suits and extensions that are being used by millions of people. James inserted a slide in his video that I think was bang on. The addiction to social media starts young and continues on as we get older. I don’t think we yet fully understand the effects multi-tasking / off-tasking has on us!
After reflecting on this topic, I am definitely going to consider doing less multi-tasking! Do you consider yourself a multitasker!? Do you think multi-tasking is a good or bad thing??