A Few Thoughts on Multitasking
"The man who chases two rabbits catches neither." -- Confucius
If you're reading this, you probably know how debilitating it can be trying to work in an environment of emails constantly arriving, calls coming in and people interrupting you with their own problems. So is it really helping if you try to work on several of your own tasks "simultaneously?"
There's a raging debate as to whether people can actually "multitask," versus switching between multiple tasks rapidly. There's even a term for the latter -- "switchtasking."
In the book "The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done," author Dave Crenshaw explains the difference between "background tasking," such as exercising or listening to music, and "switchtasking," which requires you to alternate focus among two or more jobs that require a greater degree of concentration. The problem with switchtasking, he writes, is that we lose time and progress in those transitions from one task to another [source: Trapani].
Crenshaw's work seems to suggest that perhaps you don't want to be switching among all those iPad apps in the first place -- unless you're using them to complete one specific task at a time.
The iPad 2 with the upgraded iOS 4 operating system offered quite a few improvements, including multitasking. But even better things are in store for those who wait, according to Apple and its supporters. To find out what those things are, click to the next page.