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It is easy to constantly be burnt out while also accomplishing very little.
It takes years of practice. You have to build up habits where the line between work and time-wasting is practically blurred. You have to lack self-awareness and refrain from reflecting on your own shortcomings.
Multitasking is a proven method for getting little done. It wastes time by slowing your progress down on every individual task.
Focusing on one task may make you actually complete it. It might give you the momentum to accomplishing another task. This can be avoided by multitasking.
A direct way to exhaust yourself:
To help you get nothing done while feeling exhausted, don't take breaks during unplanned work. Keep struggling.
Do tasks that don't directly accomplish anything. Email and Slack are great for this because neither are directly productive or relaxing. Check Twitter or read the news to get a general sense of anger or anxiety.
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While you’ve likely heard that it’s physically impossible to do two things at once, that rule really only applies to tasks that require the same cognitive resources. If you can find ways to combine two tasks that are different enough - like listening to an educational podcast while making your commute, practicing for a presentation while getting your miles in on the treadmill, or brainstorming article ideas while doing the dishes - multitasking can actually serve to your benefit.
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Taking on additional tasks simultaneously can destroy up to 80% of your productive time: