1

The Multitasking Myth

Images

MYTH

I’m great at multitasking.

REALITY

Multitasking is neurologically impossible.

No man is free who is not master of himself.

EPICTETUS

Multitasking fails us.

Let me take that one step further. Multitasking doesn’t even exist. We’ll circle back to this alarming yet scientifically backed claim later.

Why are so many people drawn into the albatross of multitasking? We are collectively thwarted by modern-day plagues such as:

Images Too much to do, too little time

Cluttered life, cluttered mind

Growing piles of daily demands

Get Singletasking now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.