This website covers topics on knowledge management, personal effectiveness, theory of constraints, amongst other topics. Opinions expressed here are strictly those of the owner, Jack Vinson, and those of the commenters.

Learning and multitasking are not good friends

Rise, the Educated Being tells us that Learning and multitasking are not good friends

In my personal experience, multitasking leaves me unsatisfied with my work except when I am doing trivial or repetitive tasks and the goal is just to finish the tasks rather than learning something new. When the goal of a task includes learning, e.g., reviewing research papers for publications, I find it efficient to do the tasks one at a time. Serial execution also gives me satisfaction as I get enough time to absorb what I learned and to think about new ideas.

The quote above comes from about half way through the article, after he describes what multitasking does (a familiar story for the anti-multitasking crowd) and how it impacts learning in particular. 

I find these comments parallel my processes as well.  When I really want to pay attention to something, I turn off external distractions -- or I set it aside for a time when I have fewer distractions.  This is how I end up with a dozen tabs open in my browser with to-be-considered information, or several editor windows open with to-be-written articles.

Zeldes on the next generation solutions to information overload

Separating the information from the decision