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Since I have a full-time job, I find difficult to do things I like, such as starting personal projects.

For example, I'm trying to listen to a webcast, which from time-to-time requires me to switch to the application to the slides, while reading and programming at the computer. But I often find myself missing parts of what I'm hearing.

I know is difficult to really do two things at the same time, but I'd like to be able to listen to something while reading something else, more specifically when both are technical and potentially different subjects.

{ asked by tyoc213 }


Multitasking is hard. Let me change it. "Useful Multitasking is hard". It takes times. And one of the most important parts is your brain in this process.

Human brain doesn’t multi-task like an expert magician; it switches frantically between tasks. In there, real problem occurs when we try to concentrate on the two tasks we are dealing with, because this then causes an overload of the brain’s processing capacity.

Try it yourself. When you try to do more than one task, you may feel your brain performing slower.

Earl K. Miller says;

People can’t do it very well, and when they say they can, they’re deluding themselves. The brain is very good at deluding itself.

Gloria Mark's studies Constant, Constant, Multi-tasking Craziness shows; when people are frequently diverted from one task to another, they work faster, but produce less. After 20 minutes of interrupted performance, people report significantly higher stress levels, frustration, workload, effort and pressure.

And also read this great question Does listening to music help or hurt productivity?

Listening to a webcast needs more attention than listening to music. If music hurts our productivity in multitasking (some of us), listening to a webcast can cause even more attention loss.. I don't suggest it!

{ answered by Soner Gönül }