Are you good at multitasking? Maybe not as good as you think.
A 2013 research study found that people who identify themselves as “multitaskers” are least likely to be efficient at multitasking, and most likely to do only one task at a time.
Don’t believe it? Try to calculate “2,364+25,464” and at the same time think about your dinner, tonight. Think of the ingredients you’d like to use and keep that in mind while trying to solve the above math problem. If you have trouble doing these two things at once, you’re probably not cut out for high-level multitasking.
Still not convinced? Try your hand at the Operational Span Task (OSPAN) quiz and see how you fare.
So, how can wearables help us multitask?
We let them do the work our brains aren’t designed for.
Scientists claim that “multitasking” is actually a symptom of our inability to focus on one task at a time, causing us to become distracted and seek motivation in some other activity.
Wearables can help mitigate that inability to focus, freeing us up to focus on what’s important. For example, the contemporary computing technologies in MYLE, a new type of wearable personal assistant, can look after your routine work by scheduling important meetings, paying bills, counting calories and other tasks that are mundane, but take up valuable time and attention.
Even cooler is MYLE’s unique algorithm: it analyzes and predicts your future needs based on what you’re doing now.
So, maybe you don’t have to multitask to get more done — if you let your wearables do the work for you.