"Multitasking makes us feel efficient, but it actually slows down our thinking. Our brains can’t handle more than one higher cognitive function at a time. We may think we’re multitasking, but in fact we’re switchtasking, toggling between one task and another. The phone, the email, the phone, back to the email. And each time you switch, there’s a few milliseconds of start-up cost. The neurons need time to rev up."
Al Jacobs describes how to single task - it’s not for everyone….
‘I’ve tied myself to the chair in front of my computer with a long extension cord. It feels safe, like a seat belt.’