"Humans Suck at Multitasking"

To some it equates to efficiency, to many it is a way of life, and to others it is a buzzword for their resume—multitasking.  The reality is that while people claim to be able to do many jobs simultaneously and successfully, they are really splitting their attention and giving minimum focus to each task. As an article in Forbes states, “Humans suck at multitasking.”

On the surface a multitasking person looks to be engaged and working hard on all their projects, however; upon closer inspection it is clear that while they are working on a myriad of things, nothing is actually being accomplished.

According to Forbes’ article, “Why Multitasking Gets You Nowhere, Fast”, multitasking makes us less efficient, inhibits creativity, causes stress, and is addictive.  Even outside of the workplace, people are constantly trying to multitask, talking on the phone, listening to music, reading a book, etc. Our brains are not wired to manage more than one task at a time.  By trying to do more than one thing at a time, the additional task ends up inhibiting the ability to complete the first task.

With the myth of multitasking now debunked, what is a better term to use to describe yourself in an interview or on a resume?  Instead of bragging about being able to work simultaneously on a multitude of projects, why not discuss your ability to manage your time? Time management is a skill that is often overlooked when writing resumes.  This skill is very beneficial as it shows that you are able to concentrate and create successful work as well as get jobs done in a timely fashion.  Unlike multitasking, time management indicates organization, focus, as well as quality results.

For more information on the pitfalls of multitasking click here to read the Forbes article.