Productivity Guru Demonstrates How ‘Multitasking Makes You Stupid’

We posted a video on Monday that discussed the myth of multitasking, but the video above featuring productivity trainer Jan Wencel actually puts a viewer’s multitasking ability to the test. Her company, Life Contained, runs a workshop entitled “Multitasking Makes You Stupid.” Wencel notes that in these workshops, “we often have students who not only think multitasking is necessary, but they think it’s a positive human trait.” She explains that they often run the exercise featured in this video so they can “self-discover the opposite is true.”

Wencel’s video is designed mostly to apply to the effects of trying to multitask on the job, and indeed one Harvard Business Review post found that multitasking led to as much as a 40 percent decrease in productivity. However, we are posting the video to demonstrate why trying to perform two difficult tasks at the same time also exemplifies why distracted driving is so dangerous.

As we mentioned on Monday, the National Safety Council (NSC) has dedicated this week to driving safety as part of the nonprofit organization’s National Safety Month. We can think of no issue more relevant to unsafe driving behaviors than the continuing danger of distracted driving. Florida State Representative Irving Slosberg told WPTV-TV on June 6, 2012, that safe driving is his number one issue and people “might put down the phones if they knew they could be pulled over for it.”

While Florida still remains in the minority of states without a law prohibiting cell phone usage while driving, we certainly hope that fact changes in the near future. As the videos we have posted this week demonstrate, nobody multitasks as well as they think they do. And when an individual trying to multitask is supposed to be driving a vehicle, the consequences of essentially trying doing the impossible can be fatal. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in an auto accident that was caused by a distracted driver, contact our firm today to see if our Orlando personal injury lawyers might be able to assist you in recovering damages.

Wooten Kimbrough, P.A. – Orlando personal injury attorneys



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