I just read this on Vox which is quickly becoming my go-to site for news and information. In a list of tips to help improve productivity, tip number 1 is Stop Trying to Multitask:
when we try to complete several tasks at once, we do them all more slowly — and commit more errors. This has been shown in several different studies. And it can lead to a vicious cycle: research has shown that people who multitask more become more susceptible to being distracted by environmental stimuli.
How true. I’m really at my best when I’m focused solely on my work at hand. Of course with regular breaks so that I don’t sit down for too long.