Top 10 Worst Times to Multitask


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It's not always wise to multitask. We surveyed our following and discovered your Top 10 Multitasking Fails.

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  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics saysemployed mothers and fathers have the sameworkloads, yet women spend fewer hours inthe office and more time at home.

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Top 10 Worst Times to Multitask

  1. 1. Top 10 WORST Times to Multitask.
  2. 2. 10. Watching the big gameIf you’re a sports fan, you may be burning the candle from bothends by catching up on work while you’re watching the biggame. However, consider the elements: drinking a beer andreading emails or doing work on the computer is probably notthe best idea. The Scenario: Your favorite team just scored the goal or touchdown that won the game and you jump up, spilling beer all over your computer and frying the motherboard. …. oops.
  3. 3. 9. While being a mom.Being a mom is hard work. You have to feed the baby, change diapers, dolaundry, cook, clean, and (for some) go to work.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics saysemployed mothers and fathers have the sameworkloads, yet women spend fewer hours inthe office and more time at home. A study bythe American Sociological Review shows thatmoms on average work approximately 9additional hours per week, leaving them moreirritated with multitasking than dads.Takeaway:Multi-tasking can cause unwanted stress. Tryto focus on the most important task athand, and ask for help if necessary. Weekly Hours Worked: Men: 38.9 hours | Women : 48.3
  4. 4. 8. While studying.According to an article in USA TODAY, multitasking for students is more difficultthan they think.Research done at Vanderbilt University byneuroscientist Paul E. Dux, suggests thatyou can’t do two things at the same timeeffectively.“Humans can barely attend to more thanone stimulus at a time and have extremedifficulty undertaking multiple tasksconcurrently," says Dux.
  5. 5. 7. While on a conference callMultitasking while in an office meeting or on a conference call is a bad idea.According to Science Daily, multi-tasking affects how we learn. As more thingsdistract you, it is harder for the brain to retain them all. Bon voyage… The Scenario: You’re on a conference call when your boss begins to discuss finding someone to move to Africa for the new office. You’re researching for a big project, writing an email to a client, and instant messaging a co-worker. You don’t notice that your boss has just asked you if you would like to take on the challenge. Not realizing what you’re committing to, but knowing you have to answer, you say “Absolutely!” …don’t forget sunscreen.
  6. 6. 6. While skateboardingRoutine athletic activities require concentration. The Scenario: A 16-year-old youth is skateboarding when he gets a phone call. Without missing a beat he is talking on the phone and receives a text. He puts the call on speakerphone to respond to the text, while talking and skateboarding. His head is down and he doesn’t notice a car backing out of a driveway ahead. …ouch.
  7. 7. 5. Working in a hospitalTrue story:Doctors meeting regarding a 56-year-oldDementia patient decide they need aheart image to determine whether tocontinue with a crucial treatment. Thedoctor instructs a medicalresident, (junior doctor) to order thetreatment to be stopped temporarily.Using a computerized medical ordersystem on her phone, she receives a textfrom a friend and completely forgets tofinish the order.
  8. 8. 4. While driving a busBus drivers are responsible for the safety of many people and sometimes children.Buses can carry up to 50+ people and text messaging or doing paper work whiledriving is NOT a good idea.What could have happened:All of a sudden the vehicle in frontof the bus slams on its breaks. Thebus driver overcorrects and thebus is now on its side on thehighway with several peopleinjured. Click here to watch the video.
  9. 9. 3. While cookingCooking nutritious meals can take a lot of precious time out of your evening. Butboiling water, hot burners or high temperature ovens are a recipe for disaster ifyou’re multitasking.The scenario:You’re talking on the phone and absently placedinner in the oven, forgetting to set the oventimer. You’re simultaneously checking yourwork e-mail and finishing up your phone callwhen the smell of smoke hits you. You rush tosave dinner and continue trying to wind downyour phone call while you pull out what’s leftof your burning meal. The pad you use to grabthe dish slips, burning your hands and youdrop your phone, cracking the screen as thefire alarm screeches in the background.
  10. 10. 2. While operating heavy machineryWhen you’re operating heavy machinery, you should always be on task and vigilant.Multitasking can be fatal. True story: In 2010 a barge collided with a tourist passenger boat. The first mate of the tug boat was in charge of watching for traffic, but was distracted by his phone and laptop because of a family emergency. The tourist boat’s deckhand had also been using his phone, which may have delayed his reaction. Two people died in the collision.
  11. 11. 1. While DrivingA new recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board is trying tomake all non-emergency phone use illegal.Over 3000 roadway fatalities in 2010 were caused by distracted drivers. Officialshave even started calling phone usage the new DUI.True story:A recent crash in Maine has created quite astir after an 18-year-old was texting anddriving while intoxicated. The crash left twoof her passengers dead and herself in criticalcondition. Did you know? In 2009, over 5,000 people wereIs it worth it? killed and 450,000 were injured by distracted driving.
  12. 12. Mayhem is everywhere.On the road, in your oven, pulling out of a parking space, and often in forms that you’dnever expect. At Ted Todd Insurance, we want keep our friends and customers safefrom Mayhem.Increase your productivity, lower your stress levels and protect you and your familyfrom easily preventable disaster by avoiding unnecessary multitasking. It can wait. Make sure your Florida insurance covers you in the event of a disaster. Contact Ted Todd Insurance.