Does Multitasking Make Millennials More Marketable?
We’ve all heard the phrase “jack-of-all-trades and master of none”. This phrase is seldom used by members of the millennial generation. This is a generation of multitaskers; a generation that believes in being a jack- of-all-trades and master of many.
This is obviously an area where generational differences can emerge. Depending on the situation, older generations believe in focusing on the task at hand and view an attempt at doing too much else as a lack of focus. Millennials have grown up accustomed to multitasking. Talking on the phone while, posting on instagram, listening to music and designing a new logo all at once is par for the course for millennials.
Psychologists actually say that there are advantages to multitasking when done properly. Because our brains are designed to handle multiple tasks at once, we can actually improve our mental capacity and efficiency when multitasking. This is clearly an advantage for millennials. This generation has been conditioned to operate this way in the multi-device, technology driven world they were born into. Therefore multitasking is and should be touted as a highly marketable skill set that contributes to the ability to increase productivity and efficiency. The trick is knowing when and when not to multitask.
Here are a few times when multitasking does not work in your favor:
1. When cognitive skills are required. This is why driving and texting is so dangerous. Anytime you have tasks that require heavy intellectual activity, minimize your level of multitasking.
2. When in a meeting with your boss. Although you may be capable of listening and accomplishing other tasks at the same time, this can appear to be rude or disrespectful. I do not recommend being disrespectful to your boss.
3. Activity overload. Having a strong desire to impress and over deliver is great. Keep in mind that you are also expected to be able to prioritize and employ effective time management. Be careful not to overextend yourself and bite off more than you can chew. Know your limits. The last thing you want to do is be the modern day example of the “jack-of-all-trades and the master of none”.
“Spend time to understand your own multitasking capacity, and your projects and goals.” – Mitch Thrower
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