It has been proven by researchers that multitasking can often double the amount of time it takes to accomplish a task, decreases your and effectiveness with each task AND even decreases your IQ – in one study the effects were worse than smoking pot.
“Those distracted by incoming email and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQ – more than twice that found in studies of the impact of smoking marijuana”.
In other words, when you multitask, you not only take longer to accomplish each task, but you are also less effective in accomplishing your tasks.
Time Doctor helps to reduce multitasking in a few different ways. Firstly there is the conscious attention of choosing exactly what you are working on. This is crucial. It’s easy to go with the flow from activity to activity, but this makes you much more prone to interruptions. Time Doctor helps you to consciously direct your activities (and focus) to a specific task.
Also the activity bar on Time Doctor helps to remind users what task they should be working on.
The activity bar appears on the desktop screen at all times displaying the current priority.
For example, I’m working on editing this article, and I also have about 10 other windows open (Skype, Email, Chat, Photoshop, Browsers windows). The constant barrage of interruptions (as well as phone calls, or people talking to you mid-task) could easily throw anyone off course. The status bar is a simple reminder that makes you aware of what you should actually be working on. It’s a basic tool which can’t fend off distraction, but makes it easy to remember where you are were up to and what you were working on.
Additionally, if a user suddenly starts farting around on Facebook or other web sites that are not work related, Time Doctor will pop up a notification to ask if they are still working on the current task. This gentle nudge is usually enough to keep workers from getting too far off course.
Just like we can’t force you to smoke marijuana, ultimately it’s up to the individuals to train themselves to work in a style where they multitask less and focus more on each task. Time Doctor provides a few simple tools to help you stay on track and focus on your top priorities.
Managing tasks and activities are important features of our software, and we’ll be working on some major improvements to both the way TD allows users manage tasks, as well as they way it remind users about what they are working on. If you have any suggestions, please get in touch.