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The Myth of Multitasking: How 'Doing It All' Gets Nothing Done | [Dave Crenshaw]

The Myth of Multitasking: How 'Doing It All' Gets Nothing Done

In a compelling business fable, The Myth of Multitasking confronts a popular idea that has come to define our hectic, work-a-day world. This simple yet powerful book shows clearly why multitasking is, in fact, a lie that wastes time and costs money. Far from being efficient, multitasking actually damages productivity and relationships at work and at home.
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In a compelling business fable, The Myth of Multitasking confronts a popular idea that has come to define our hectic, work-a-day world. This simple yet powerful book shows clearly why multitasking is, in fact, a lie that wastes time and costs money. Far from being efficient, multitasking actually damages productivity and relationships at work and at home.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2008 Dave Crenshaw; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Javier Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 07-02-13
    Javier Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, short and straight to the point"

    The Arthur explains how task switch known as multitasking actually hinders efficiency and productivity. For a person who works in large companies or has a business this book will allow you to notice how much money is actually lost when your employees are performing task switching. I know it is hard to not do task switching these days but if this is taken seriously, this will result in better and faster work production. After reading this book I have been able to notice how much task switching I do and I have started to minimize them by dividing the different task in the morning of each day, ordering by priority and focusing on doing one until it is finished, then continue with the next until all tasks are complete. I still need to improve this, but it has helped me out.

    Recommend to listen, an excellent short and straight to the point book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Abhishek BANGALORE, India 12-11-10
    Abhishek BANGALORE, India 12-11-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Easy and powerful illustration"

    I read this book after attending online traning .This book was highly recommended and is worth it.It explains the key priciples of stress free working with simple examples.
    The ideas are not new but presentation is great.It leaves positive impression.
    In a short book , author has made his point and I appreciate the minimalistic approach.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paige 11-21-10
    Paige 11-21-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Expected but still helpful"

    The conclusions of the book are totally expected, but unlike similar books/topics, the author provides concrete suggestions and perspective.

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    Tony LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-24-14
    Tony LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very practical easy to understand principles"
    What made the experience of listening to The Myth of Multitasking the most enjoyable?

    He suggested writing a sentence then writing a series of numbers and timing how long it takes to do it. Now write the first letter of the sentence followed by the first number in the series and go back and forth until you finish and record the time. It takes MUCH longer to do it the second way. That's a very tangible way to convince people to design their work time to happen in focused sessions without interruptions.

    That also makes the point that multitasking is not a real thing. A better word is switch-tasking. You can only really do one thing at a time and most of the time its more time efficient to finish one thing before starting another. I've noticed how much time I waste switch-tasking. This book was worth the read.


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    An Amazon Customer 06-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Shallow..."

    Once you have read the title, you got most of the substance.

    Summary of this book:

    1. Multitasking is not efficient. It's a myth.
    2. If you want to be more efficient, eliminate interruptions and do one thing at a time.

    That's it. If you expect more, unfortunately you won't find it here, so I just saved you the price of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jenine W. Hemphill El Paso, TX USA 07-23-12
    Jenine W. Hemphill El Paso, TX USA 07-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Good tips on organizing."

    Good tips on organizing one's life. Much of this we already know but need reminding. I found it very helpful.

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    W. P. Franks Toronto, ON 08-18-13
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    "A short book, should've been shorter."

    Crenshaw's prose is terrible. Get ready to hear "Sally said", "David said" about a thousand times. For a book about being more efficient, the author conveyed his ideas about as inefficiently as possible. Even though the overall thesis was helpful, it was simply a mistake to write this book as a quasi-dialogue. The only upside is that you can listen at 3x and not miss anything.

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