Can Humans Multitask?

May 6, 2022

When you think about your set of skills, do you count multitasking as one? Do you think, “Yeah, that’s me. I’m the multitasker”?

The truth is, multitasking is almost impossible. You can't build success habits by multitasking because your brain wasn't meant for it.

Multitasking is a myth.

But don’t despair; your brain is capable of doing many amazing things. You don’t need to multitask to develop good habits. Learn and know about the myth of multitasking and use it to help you.  

How Do You Use The Myth of Multitasking to Help You?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell when you are trying to multitask. Often, if you aren’t succeeding at one or more things, it’s probably because you are trying to do too many things at once.

Have you ever created a New Year’s list of resolutions? And how well did that go for you?

The only result of too many New Year’s resolutions is frustration. We end up quitting because it’s impossible to do all these things at once. Your brain can only build one success habit at a time.

Check out this article on Forbes to learn more about how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.

Remember, you have to focus on one core at a time; once you master a success habit, you can move on to the next one. 

How Do You Create Success Habits (and Get Rid of Bad Ones)? 

Once a habit is developed, it’s not going to go away easily. It gets locked in your subconscious until you don’t even think about it anymore; you just do it.

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” 

- John Dryden

So how do you lock in the good ones? And what do you do to get rid of the bad ones?

The best way to counter your bad habits is to replace them with good ones. Here are a few things you can do to stay motivated to create success habits:

  • Take action and make intentions to commit to getting rid of bad habits. 

  • Use apps to keep track of your progress; set little goals and continue to accomplish them so you can move on to bigger achievements. 

  • Take note of the momentum you build with your success habits. Reward yourself for every success habit developed; you earned it.

Remember, you can’t try to create so many habits at once. If you do that, your energy will be split between your habits, and your hard work will just be wasted. When you focus your energy on one success habit at a time, each habit can become fully developed and locked in. 

Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.

Will Moore is a gamification, habits and happiness expert.

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