25 Jan '12, 6am

Like multi-tasking? You should slow down - human brains aren't designed for multi-tasking, says expert

(KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Every modern office worker knows the drill: the email queue is full, the telephone is ringing and the boss is bearing down on your desk from across the open-plan office. Multi-tasking is the order of the day. Distractions prompt the thought to cut yourself off to work in peace for a while. There is little chance of that in the current working environment which demands the ability to keep several balls in the air at the same time. Professor Dirk Windemuth, a health and safety at work expert working in accident insurance in Berlin, has little regard for this attitude. Rather do things one at a time and do them properly, is his view. Employees should not deceive themselves into thinking that they achieve more in the same time merely by carrying out several different tasks at the same time, he says. 'That's a fundamental mistake.' People are ...

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