April 4, 2007 11:31 pm

context Switching and Multi tasking…

Filed under: Attitude,General,Psychology — ramsblog @ 11:31 pm

Multi-tasking: How productive can one be doing multitasking. Sure enough, in active information era like this, most people expect people to be multitasking. In a way it make sense, but from psychological human behavior, it may not be possible. I heard that an average human being can keep 2 tasks in mind at any point of time to work on. That’s very interesting…

Context Switching: I never knew context switiching would be difficult. I understand the power of Repetition – well then that becomes a monotonous task and mind is completely programmed. Here is an example I went through in a class i attended recently. This was an exercise. Try this out:

  1. 1. take a 10 seconds and write Alphabets from A to Z. At the end of 10 seconds, stop and circle the last letter (a, b, c,…. z)
  2. 2. take 10 seconds and write 1 thru’ 100. at the end of 10th second, stop and circle the last number you wrote (1, 2, 3, 4, 5…. 100)
  3. 3. Now, take the same amount of time and write the series A1 B2 C3. etc… Stop at the end of 10 seconds and now circle the last letter.
  4. 4. now, compare the letter circled on step#3 with the one in step#1. And also look back and feel that experience

From this example, we would notice, we certainly b able to work on one area successfully and the moment we add additional tasks, the productivity goes down.

So, is multi tasking like this good?


1 Comment »

  1. I would think multitasking of 2 tasks one of which is routine/mundane and doesnt need much thought can be coupled with a task wchich requires you to think , analyse and spend time .
    May be we can do such multi tasks 🙂

    Comment by Lakshmi — April 5, 2007 10:46 am @ 10:46 am | Reply

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