Multitasking. What did you think of when you read that word? Something you're expected to do, but hate? Or, maybe something you're proud that you can do?
Check this out. Here's a round-up of research in a nicely-organized piece from FastCo about the long-term, detrimental effects of multitasking. Yeah. It sucks. Turns out, it's addictive and it's not even something that our brains were built to do. Worst of all, perhaps, is that all of this light-touch/multi-think work, or shallow tasking, is keeping us from the deep, demanding, heads-down cognitive tasks that creates great work. It's often self-imposed, and it makes us sad. Don't do it. Stop it. Now. Please.
"These Are the Long-Term Effects of Multitasking" on FastCo