Saturday, January 31, 2015

Should You Complete One Task at a Time or Juggle Several Tasks?

At the Harvard Business Review blog, Andrew O’Connell advises going sequentially—one at a time. He cites a recent study and then describes an empirical verification:

Having published a theoretical paper on this idea, Coviello, Ichino, and Persico went on to study a compelling real-world example: Italian judges who typically get more cases than they can easily handle. Some of the judges were heavy task jugglers, some weren’t. An analysis of the caseloads of this admittedly small sample suggests that there really is an advantage to completing tasks in sequence. The heavy jugglers took longer to complete their portfolios and were less likely to complete their cases in a given time period.

You can read more here.


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