Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s blog series: Three Lean Product Development Links. One of the key Principles of PLAYBOOK’s Lean Project Management method is to reduce multitasking so priority tasks can be completed, and ultimately move projects forward, faster. This week's Lean Links curates articles from around the Web that discuss the negative impacts of overwork and multitasking. Enjoy!
5 Steps to Working Smarter Not Longer, by Erik Sherman
In this first article, Erik Sherman highlights new trends around limiting work hours. He discusses how even on Wall Street, companies have begun to realize that they're not getting more work out of people who are working longer hours. Erik then highlights 5 steps to working smarter.
Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest, by Travis Bradberry
In this article, coauthor of the #1 bestselling book, "Emotional Intelligence 2.0," Travis Bradberry, shares studies that demonstrate multitasking lowers your IQ, a lot. In fact, IQ drops of 15 points were observed. In one study, participants’ IQ scores dropped to the average range of an 8-year-old child.
3 Studies Show How Multitasking Drains Creativity and Productivity
So what does this all mean on a personal level? James Mathewson tells the story of his personal experience when IBM reorganized and he suddenly was able to focus on a single job instead of two.
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