This article will change everything you believe about multitasking.
These four practices — multitasking, task switching, getting distracted and managing multiple projects — all fit under the label “multitasking”. This is not just because of a simple linguistic confusion. The versatile networked devices we use tend to blur the distinction, serving us as we move from task to task while also offering an unlimited buffet of distractions.
In the modern world, multitasking is the norm. Understanding when this is a benefit and when this is destructive is key to productivity.
What has our attention will not get easier, but managing inputs/distractions/focus will allow us to be successful in the 21st century and beyond.