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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 41. Multitasking dos and don’ts

Ah, multitasking. Some people call it a bane to productivity and others swear by it. More and more, though, the sentiment has turned toward eliminating multitasking completely.

I don’t think it’s quite that simple though. I think some tasks are suited for multitasking and others aren’t. If you really want to maximize your productivity, you’ll have to learn when to multitask, when not to multitask, and how to multitask effectively.

Why multitasking is generally bad

Most of the recent research on multitasking seems to indicate multitasking almost always results in reduced productivity even though multitaskers themselves may think they’re increasing their productivity. Take a look at this article from ...

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