Multitasking is NOT your superpower …

May 8, 2023

And greetings from Galveston, TX where I was delivering a keynote address on this very topic!

We’re 11 days away from the release of my new book, Calling Bullsh*t on Busy (May 16), and we’ve just made ANOTHER #1 list—so I want to share the love.

To say thank you, we’ve slashed the price of our Calling Bullsh*t on Busy Masterclass—from $197 down to $97—that’s $100 off! Thanks for helping us get the book out before it’s even out!

Now, back to another productivity killer: multitasking. 

I know so many moms who think they’ve cracked the code on multitasking but sadly, the brain science tells us that you haven’t.

As tempting as it might be to try to juggle multiple tasks at once, studies have shown that it can actually lead to a 40% drop in productivity, increase stress levels, and even reduce our IQ by up to 15 points.

So not only is multitasking unproductive, it's actually pretty bad for us. 

When we try to do too many things at once, we're not really doing any of them well. Our brains are forced to switch back and forth between tasks, which can cause mental fatigue and reduce our ability to focus on any one task. This can lead to mistakes, forgetfulness, and decreased quality of work.

Not to mention, dangerous if you’re texting while driving, operating heavy machinery while distracted, or even using something sharp in the kitchen while focusing on something else.

The good news is that focusing on one thing at a time can actually help us be more productive and get more done. 

I know it's not always easy to stay focused, especially when there are so many things vying for our attention. 

But with a little bit of mindfulness and some solid productivity hacks, we can all be more productive and get more done—without the stress and burnout that come with multitasking.

Start by slowing down enough to focus on one task at a time. Give your full attention to whatever you are doing, whether it's answering emails, working on a project, or having a conversation with a colleague, friends, or family.

Here are a few other tips to help you stay focused and avoid multitasking:

1.  Prioritize your tasks.
Make a list of everything you need to do and prioritize them based on their importance and urgency. This will help you focus on the most important tasks and avoid getting distracted by less important ones.

2.  Eliminate distractions.

Turn off notifications on your phone and computer, close unnecessary tabs and apps, and find a quiet space to work. This will help you stay focused and avoid getting sidetracked.

3.  Take breaks.

It's important to take regular breaks to recharge your brain and avoid burnout. Try taking a short walk, doing some stretching, getting a snack, or practicing mindfulness meditation to help clear your mind.

We’ll continue looking at each of the 8 Deadly Time Thieves™ I write about in Calling Bullsh*t on Busy over the coming weeks.

And, how would you like to get back 4–10 hours every week?!

We just announced a special price on the Masterclass we’ll be offering on May 18 so you can do that … and more! You’ll find more info down below.

Here’s to more love, more time, and less stuff!


Declutter Your Life Podcast by Andrew Mellen. Available on iTunes!