Multitasking Hurts — Elon Musk Is Living Proof

What can we learn from Elon Musk’s Twitter experiment

Ilam Padmanabhan


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We’ve all been there. You’re trying to finish a report for work while also monitoring your inbox and keeping one eye on the news. Or maybe you’re trying to have a conversation with a friend while also texting other friends and updating your Facebook status.

We live in a world where it seems like we are always doing two or more things at once. Does it acutally help?

Elon Musk added Twitter to his profile recently, but he already does a lot!

Practical examples of Elon Musk multitasking

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1. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX

2. He is the co-founder of Tesla Motors and its current CEO

3. He is the co-founder and chairman of OpenAI, an organization dedicated to promoting artificial intelligence research

4. He is the chairman of SolarCity, a solar energy company

5. He is the founder of The Boring Company, a tunnel construction company

Add to this his numerous other business ventures and investments and media appearances, and it becomes clear that Elon Musk is the king of multitasking.

His ability to juggle so many different projects, while also innovating and leading teams, is a testament to his incredible work ethic and perseverance — until now!

The BIG but

Elon Musk maybe the best at multitasking after God, but he is also a prime example of the dangers of multitasking.

Studies have shown that multitasking actually hurts our productivity and ability to focus. It is much more difficult to focus on one task at a time, and our brains have limited resources that are wasted when we are switching between tasks.

Moreover, multitasking often means doing more things poorly rather than fewer things well. We may feel like we are getting more done when we multitask, but in reality our productivity and efficiency…



Ilam Padmanabhan

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