Podcast: Task Switching


On this episode, we chat about task switching—how to get better at it, and the costs of switching tasks too often. Topics covered include:

  • Why multitasking is so fun;
  • How often we switch between tasks as we work;
  • Attentional residue—what it is and how to minimize it;
  • How task switching affects our working memory;
  • How meditation clears our working memory;
  • Our brain’s “novelty bias”;
  • The multiple levels of multitasking;
  • The reminders that come from our digital world.

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Chris Bailey has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity, and is the author of two books: Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. His books have been published in 20 languages. Chris writes about productivity on this site, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process.

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