1. Armani

    I believe multitasking is difficult for everyone. But for college students it seems to be inevitable. They are required to take so many courses in one semester while expected to do well in all courses. However, this is also a way for them to develop the skills of multitasking and how to handle stresses when getting into the job market.


  2. Jyotsana

    Interesting post Sophia. How do you think this is something that can be facilitated in higher educational settings?


  3. Syeed Md Iskander

    I find multitasking helpful sometimes. I used to wash vials in the lab while talking with my friends over phone. To me, its depend on the difficulty of the tasks someone is performing.


  4. Zach Gould

    In higher education I feel like it is also more important to focus on your strengths than to try to multitask and be more productive. I know, for example, that my strengths lie in project work rather than examinations. I also know it often takes me a good deal longer to complete a given task than the average individual. Rather than fixate on my imperfections, I try to channel them and learn from them. Taking more studio-style classes and allowing myself plenty of time for assignments has allowed me to be successful, but it took a long path of self discovery to learn these things about myself and act accordingly. I think we need to focus on identifying individual tendencies in students and adapting our coursework to augment their strengths rather than forcing everyone to fit the hyper-efficient mold of an ‘ideal’ productive student.


  5. dinagadalla

    Thanks for the post! It is interesting that you mention ‘focusing on our talents’ rather than multitasking. Obviously depending on the task, but if one actually excels at their talent where it has become second nature to them, I believe that they can do other ‘mindless’ ones at the same time.


  6. Yang Liu

    I agree with that technology is a just and would not instead of the think method of humanity. The natural reaction is the aspect the human differents with the high tech.


  7. D.Gupta

    Great post. This is something close to my heart. I have never been able to focus too long on a single task. I used to “pretend” to multi task. I realized that I was fooling myself. New plan: I started to focus my attention on small tasks, which allowed me to change from one task to another. It takes away the monotony of being stuck with a single activity and helps me to be a “little” productive (relatively speaking of course).


  8. emma

    So interesting that the word “multitasking” was originally used to describe computers…


  9. kgculbertson

    There is a line of thinking in educational psychology and in pedagogy studies that teaching students to focus on what they know and do well will be more productive than focusing on correcting errors or deficiencies. In my classrooms, I have often used this line of reasoning with students who tend to dwell on their inabilities rather than capitalize on their strengths.
    After reading your post – and about Bezos’ philosophy about focusing on strengths – it reminded me of a man I once heard talk about his learning math conceptually when in middle school. He talked about not having to ‘worry’ about arithmetic and instead focusing on the ‘way’ mathematical concepts worked and how it seemed to liberate everyone from always thinking about how to get the right answer, and instead focus on what understanding the concept(s) could help them do/figure out.
    I wonder: if we (humans) had a perception of what access to the technology could help them do better or learn more of, instead of thinking how it could fill their immediate needs for attention and gratification if we could improve productivity overall?
    Thanks for the rundown, Sofia. It is illuminating.


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