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The Myth of Multitasking (Book Review)

Updated on December 19, 2012

The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw is a quick read that I was able to complete in a little more than an hour commuter flight. While I found the premise interesting I found that it was a bit light on content and certainly not worth the price I paid for the book.

Essentially the title of the book divulges the major lessons in the book:

  • Multitasking is impossible and there are switching costs associated with the tasks we attempt to do in multiple.
  • Time is a fixed commodity and needs to be controlled and managed.
  • Attempting multiple tasks results in all tasks taking more time than concentrated effort and are frequently done more poorly and with a greater number of errors.

While my experience and training validates each of the premises this book does little more than reiterate the points and provide a couple techniques to take better control of your time. I would skip this book and go for one that is more tactical because the lessons will be the same and you will get coping techniques.


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