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Flow and Multitasking

“People don’t multitask because they’re good at it. They do it because they are more distracted.  They have trouble inhibiting the impulses to do another activity.”
– David Sanbonmatsu (PH.D., Psychology)


In short, that feeling of “in the zone” characterized by a hyper focus.  This is where you’re super productive and want to be.  It’s easy to break flow, especially in the workplace and practices most of us are used to.

Loss to Context Switching

Participating in 5 projects at once results in 75% of your time being wasted:

Study from 1991 book by Gerald Weinberg, “Quality Software Management”


If You Think You’re Good At Multitasking, You Probably Aren’t


Who Multi-Tasks and Why? Multi-Tasking Ability, Perceived Multi-Tasking Ability, Impulsivity, and Sensation Seeking
Interruptions (also in the form of switching between multiple projects) break “flow”
{Diagram of the flow breaks and activity of numbers, Roman numerals, letters}
Batching emails – (link to email specific section) ready 1-2 times a day.
Emails – give “if/or” scenarios in questions and responses. Reduce back and forth.
“Manufactured emergencies” “cocaine pellet dispenser of manufactured emergencies.”
Pointless meetings “Dave Barry quote”
Updated on September 25, 2017

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