Monday, January 18, 2016

Multitasking is bad for you and your resume

I am of a, ahem, certain age and find I can't multitask very well anymore. In fact, it scares me when my friends, also of that certain age, try to talk to me on those dopey phones and drive the car. You can be talking with them, even on speaker, and all of a sudden they blurt out, "Hey, put on your blinker!"  Shows you are second, their driving is first. How about one or the other?

I know, I am an old crock. But that is how I feel.

But now, a young crock named Anne Grinois, assistant dean for faculty development at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, says employers are more interested in outcomes than your efforts--so putting multitasking on your resume maybe a mistake.

She cites some myths about multitasking:

#1--People believe they can focus on two mental activities at once. While the subconscious can take care of some parts of familiar activities, but driving should not be one.

Conscious activity happens one activity at a time. Say you text during a meeting, you will likely miss the meeting part.

#2--People think they can go back and forth between two mental activities and stay on top of both. Poor outcomes and burnout will like prove that wrong. Grinois did a study where people kept their phones in class and tried to read a lesson.  The more they texted, the less well they did on a test of the material.

#3--People also believe they can monitor themselves as they multitask. Most of us do not do this as well as we think.

Grinois reminds us of what a fourth grade teacher once told her class. "Do not watch TV while you do your homework, or you will find yourself doing TV while watching your homework."

Bam! Good one,.

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