Multitasking seems like such a great way to get so much done in so little time. Who wouldn’t want to knock out some emails, have lunch, and listen in on a phone conference all at the same time? Sure, researchers have debated the effectiveness of doing multiple things at once, but being a pro multitasker still seems like a dream come true.
But wait—did you know that multitasking actually costs the economy $450 million per year? Turns out, the lack of focus and higher likelihood of making mistakes when multitasking is not only ineffective and unproductive, but actually IQ-reducing.
So what’s the best way to combat multitasking? Luckily, there’s one thing you can do to dramatically decrease your tendency to juggle multiple balls at once, particularly in meetings. Take a look at the infographic below to see how you can help your team be more productive and effective than ever.