Single-Tasking, Yes. Multitasking, No.

Marc Bilodeau/ Minimalism, Self Help, Subjectivity

Multitasking is balancing one or more action at the same time. Everyone multitasks, and thinks they’re good at it. In fact, people tell me they’re better than most at multitasking. In truth, people are bad at multitasking, and technology drags us into this myth even further. Now is the time to practice single-tasking.

Multitasking vs. Single-Tasking

The reality is people can’t effectively do multiple tasks at the same time. As humans, we can only task swap by juggling tasks in our heads and switch focus from one task to the other. Although it seems like we’re in control, we are more prone to making errors. Additionally, we are not being as effective as we could be. At best, we do an adequate job while swapping between tasks.

Single-tasking is less stressful, more focused, and allows one to be more mindful with the task at hand. While performing a task, I tend to think about ways to improve the process and understand its purpose. Learning becomes easier, more effective, and enjoyable.

The goal of multitasking is to complete tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, the brain cannot focus on the tasks effectively because it’s busy juggling between them. Unfortunately, that means missing the benefits of single-tasking.

Some people will say that single-tasking is slower and less efficient. However, my personal experience shows that my TO-DO lists are completed in a timely manner. I feel confident that tasks will be completed more accurately. I take pride in the work with a greater understanding of process and purpose. This empowers me to make better decisions on time management. I can choose how I navigate my days, what I do, and in what order.


People cannot effectively Multitask since our brains must swap attention between tasks. Single-tasking tackles tasks better by honing our senses to one task at a time. If some other task becomes more important, get to a stopping point and put the current task aside. Then, complete the more important task.

Single-tasking is more effective and less prone to error. Instead of racing to the end of a few tasks at once, take the time to do one task and do it well. It is more satisfying and a better experience overall.