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The Myth of Multitasking Audiobook

The Myth of Multitasking: How 'Doing It All' Gets Nothing Done

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In a compelling business fable, The Myth of Multitasking confronts a popular idea that has come to define our hectic, work-a-day world. This simple yet powerful book shows clearly why multitasking is, in fact, a lie that wastes time and costs money. Far from being efficient, multitasking actually damages productivity and relationships at work and at home.

©2008 Dave Crenshaw; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Javier
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    02/07/13
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    "Great book, short and straight to the point"

    The Arthur explains how task switch known as multitasking actually hinders efficiency and productivity. For a person who works in large companies or has a business this book will allow you to notice how much money is actually lost when your employees are performing task switching. I know it is hard to not do task switching these days but if this is taken seriously, this will result in better and faster work production. After reading this book I have been able to notice how much task switching I do and I have started to minimize them by dividing the different task in the morning of each day, ordering by priority and focusing on doing one until it is finished, then continue with the next until all tasks are complete. I still need to improve this, but it has helped me out.

    Recommend to listen, an excellent short and straight to the point book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abhishek
    BANGALORE, India
    11/12/10
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    "Easy and powerful illustration"

    I read this book after attending online traning .This book was highly recommended and is worth it.It explains the key priciples of stress free working with simple examples.
    The ideas are not new but presentation is great.It leaves positive impression.
    In a short book , author has made his point and I appreciate the minimalistic approach.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A curious visitor
    24/06/13
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    "Shallow..."

    Once you have read the title, you got most of the substance.

    Summary of this book:

    1. Multitasking is not efficient. It's a myth.
    2. If you want to be more efficient, eliminate interruptions and do one thing at a time.

    That's it. If you expect more, unfortunately you won't find it here, so I just saved you the price of the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paige
    21/11/10
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    "Expected but still helpful"

    The conclusions of the book are totally expected, but unlike similar books/topics, the author provides concrete suggestions and perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ManSalt
    Texas
    29/04/16
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    "How do people still boast about being a great multitasker?"

    Great advice in an easy to digest narrative. I'm thinking about making this a mandatory listen for all managers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua Wellington
    16/04/16
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    "Knowledge is power, great life changing truths!!"

    I'm going to have to listen to this book again because i was multitasking all the way through! I am convinced now that multitasking is a lie and that switchtasking is actually what I'm doing and I do see that it is affecting my productivity and my personal relationships. I am very thankful for this book and I would recommend it to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    03/04/16
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    "Short but impactful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Book is told in a conversational storytelling style, that makes it different from other business books. Thoughtful and interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The book made me look up Dave Crenshaw to see what else he has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Alexandria, VA, United States
    29/12/15
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    "Effective and reality based"

    Very easy to follow and easily understood. Multitasking is impossible for humans and The Myth of Multitasking explains the who what and why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • manaf
    riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    01/02/15
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    "Dave is ON to something"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Myth of Multitasking?

    from the beginning of the book the challenge he offers in the form of an exercise proves his point
    multitasking is such a buzz word but is it really true ? or even possible
    read this book to findout


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    LOUISVILLE, KY, United States
    24/05/14
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    "Very practical easy to understand principles"
    What made the experience of listening to The Myth of Multitasking the most enjoyable?

    He suggested writing a sentence then writing a series of numbers and timing how long it takes to do it. Now write the first letter of the sentence followed by the first number in the series and go back and forth until you finish and record the time. It takes MUCH longer to do it the second way. That's a very tangible way to convince people to design their work time to happen in focused sessions without interruptions.

    That also makes the point that multitasking is not a real thing. A better word is switch-tasking. You can only really do one thing at a time and most of the time its more time efficient to finish one thing before starting another. I've noticed how much time I waste switch-tasking. This book was worth the read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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