Research

Improving Productivity and Efficiency

            Being as productive and efficient as possible is important to me. Each hour of my day is consumed with work, class, homework all the while taking care of my 3 year old son. Therefore it is vital to use my time wisely and effectively. One way anyone can increase their productivity would be to block out time as effectively as possible and to minimize distractions. This would mean learning to prioritize and commit oneself to working in uninterrupted blocks of time throughout the day (Nishi). Some ways to minimize distractions would be to avoid multitasking; a Stanford study has shown that multitasking can be less productive as taking on one single task. The problem with multitasking is that it is often difficult to filter out irrelevant information and tasks which can diminish performance (Nishi).

There are circumstances when multitasking does increase productivity but at a cost. Over time multitasking can impair your health and can leave one fatigued and with mental fogginess. Naturally as multitasking is prolonged both productivity and overall disposition can decline.  “Multitasking increases the chances of making mistakes and missing important information and cues. Multitaskers are also likely to do less well when it comes to absorbing new information that the brain has to retrieve later” (Miller).

References:

Miller, MD, Michael C. "The Downsides of Multitasking." Harvard Medical School. N.p., 24 Feb. Web. 24 June 2012. <https://www.intelihealth.com/article/the-downsides-of-multitasking?hd=Minding>.

Nishi, Dennis. "To Make Yourself More Productive, Simplify." Wall Street Journal. N.p., 22 June 2014. Web. 24 June 2014. <http://online.wsj.com/articles/to-make-yourself-more-productive-simplify-1403399038>.