Summary of Singletasking

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Singletasking book summary
Multitasking doesn’t work, but “singletasking” does.


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People try to multitask to accomplish the many jobs that confront them every day. But multitasking just doesn’t work. In fact, it adds to the time it takes to complete complex tasks. You will do much better if you handle tasks sequentially, one-by-one, and not simultaneously – which is actually impossible. Multitasking is symptomatic of larger societal problems, including alienation, the devaluation of human experience and meaningless relationships according to Devora Zack, a consultant and practitioner of neurolinguistic programming. She explodes the “multitasking myth” and offers a practical alternative – “singletasking” – focusing on one chore at a time – as the way to work and live with greater efficiency and production. Zack lives the sort of frenetic life that seems to demand multitasking, but instead she singletasks successfully. If you are trying to do too much, all at once, getAbstract recommends her fresh alternative to multitasking.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How multitasking dominates work and social interaction
  • Why multitasking doesn’t work
  • How “singletasking” can change your life


Multitasking Scenarios
Multitasking scenario number one: Your most important client is on the speakerphone. You lean back in your chair, your eyes intent on your computer screen. As she talks to you about her business, you see an instant message roll across your computer screen. Some co...
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About the Author

The President of Only Connect Consulting, Devora Zack is a member of the visiting faculty for Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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    Agustin Esquivel 7 months ago
    good stuff
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    Darren Godden 1 year ago
    This resonates well with some of the core principles of Kanban and managing the amount of work in progress. I have shared this with my team.

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