Sunday, May 30, 2010

How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking

Because I tend toward multi-tasking, I found a scary read in How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking.  Peter Bergman says in his HBR blog post:
  • When multi-tasking, "our productivity goes down by as much as 40%."
  • "Heavy multi-taskers are less competent at doing several things at once than light multi-taskers."
  • According to a study, "people distracted by incoming email and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQs."
In-house counsel should know that smartphones, computers, meeting schedules and other demands of the job can create an environment conducive to multitasking.  Consider whether you need to modify your multi-tasking habits to be more effective as in-house counsel, and try out Bergman's one-week experiment.

See Bergman's blog post at this link: How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking.

Perry Cone practices insurance, compliance and government law, and consults for in-house counsel, from the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson. He writes from his perspective as a former general counsel, legal executive, and leader in the Florida insurance industry. Visit Perry's blog at

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