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BUSINESS BASICS
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G R E G

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Task Master

Why you should ignore the myth of multitasking

P

ut everything down. Close your email and Internet
With a claim like that, I'd better be able to back it
browser, shut down the phone and turn off the
up with some evidence. So continue reading with your
soft-rock radio station. Just focus on this article.
full attention to understand why it's bad and how you
If it feels like you're being lazy, you're not alone.
can beat the urge. The solution is as simple as working
After all, no one has time for only one thing at a time.
smarter, not harder.
We are a technology-wrangling, task-juggling, textingwhile-driving culture, and multitasking is as prevalent as
GRINDING GEARS
complaining about the weather. As it turns out, both are a
When we say we're multitasking, we're more
waste of time.
accurately "switch tasking." We're not actually talking on
You wouldn't think so; tackling two or three things at
the phone and answering emails simultaneously; we're
once seems like it gets that many
switching between them in eye-blink
more accomplished. Frankly,
succession. And that's the problem.
if we can walk and chew gum,
Each time we do this, our brains
why couldn't we browse emails
have to find its place, which causes
But the biggest problem with
in our next meeting? The flip
a whole litany of trouble.
m u l t i t a s k i n g i s t h at m o s t
answer, of course, is because
Yet the urge is ever-present, and
we're not computers - the
in many cases, even encouraged.
p e o p l e d o n ' t r e a l i z e w h at a
source of the "multitasking"
We have all started a task only
p r o b l e m i t c r e at e s . Wo r k e r s
concept in the late 1960s -
to be distracted by the ding of
regardless of whether nearly
an incoming email, the ringing
and employers should let go
every employment posting in the
phone, a co-worker or even our
last several decades suggests it's
own wandering minds. We try to
o f t h e n o t i o n t h at i t ' s a p at h
a prime skill for getting a job.
continue working while carrying
to productivity.
Yet the longer, more accurate
on a conversation, or we take a call
reason is this attempt to
while finishing a note. While it may
compound our efforts has been
feel like we're getting several things
buried under a pile of research
done at once, in reality, we're not
that said the practice actually takes more time and
doing any of them well.
leads to more mistakes, scattered attention and greater
"There is still this complete myth that multitasking
employee burnout. In short, we can't do it - men, women
is a good thing," said business coach Darcy Luoma.
and millennials - and if you encourage it at your shop,
She knows; she's a reformed multitasker who's become
you're the one paying the price for this "efficiency."
an evangelist for "single-tasking" since a former
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News September 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Software Management
Member Profile
Keeping a business in the family
Are digital avionics secure?
A Conversation With...
Meet the AEA board of directors
Before & After
The Autonomous Navigation Systems AET Endorsement
Aviation Aces
Legal Ease
Business Basics
Member Profile
AEA members unveil new ADS-B solutions at AirVenture
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News September 2014 - Intro
Avionics News September 2014 - Cover1
Avionics News September 2014 - Cover2
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Avionics News September 2014 - Point of Communication
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Avionics News September 2014 - AEA Now
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Avionics News September 2014 - The View from Washington
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Avionics News September 2014 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News September 2014 - Software Management
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Avionics News September 2014 - Member Profile
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Avionics News September 2014 - Keeping a business in the family
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Avionics News September 2014 - Are digital avionics secure?
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Avionics News September 2014 - Meet the AEA board of directors
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Avionics News September 2014 - The Autonomous Navigation Systems AET Endorsement
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Avionics News September 2014 - Aviation Aces
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Avionics News September 2014 - Legal Ease
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