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It’s a common belief that women can multi-task and men cannot.

There is some truth in the women having a greater capacity to multi-task. ‘Our findings suggest that women might find it easier than men to switch attention and their brains do not need to mobilize extra resources in doing so, as opposed to male brains,’ concluded Svetlana Kuptsova, author of a study conducted by the National Research University Higher School of Economics Neurolinguistic Laboratory. This applied especially to women under 50 years old, leading to suggestions that oestrogen may play a role in the capacity of a woman’s brain to maintain focus when switching between tasks. However, men over 50 were as able to multitask as their female peers, which may also suggest that men are able to apply additional neurological resources in mid-life.

But that doesn’t mean that multi-tasking is always advisable. In the same study, where volunteers were coached in moving from task to task sequentially their productivity and accuracy was always higher than those participants who switched between activities. 

Focus on one activity at a time and see what it does for your productivity.


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