Attention Multitaskers, You’ve Got it All Wrong

You’re hurrying to catch the bus, while simultaneously helping your little one with their backpack, and trying to get in touch with your supervisor to tell them you’ll be late. You’re busy, you’re really really busy. It feels like there’s just not enough time in the day. So, you multitask. You do seven things at once and feel relived that you’re at least partially getting to all of the things that need your attention.

Here’s the bad news: multitasking often doesn’t work, and can even be harmful. This is why:

Your brain can’t handle it. Studies have found that although the human brain can often handle two complicated tasks fairly easily, adding a third task can cause you to make mistakes you wouldn’t otherwise make.

Example: you’re walking down Queens Boulevard to the subway station, while doing a little online shopping and listening to your favorite comedian’s latest podcast. You may not realize it, but this is too much for your brain to handle. While normally you’d never ignore the ‘do not walk sign’ and risk being hit by a car, if your brain is in overload you may miss important cues and find yourself seriously injured.

It’s scientifically unlikely you’re actually good at multi-tasking. In fact it’s highly unlikely. According to researchers only about 2% of the population truly excels at multitasking.

If you’re multitasking at work, you may be putting others at risk. Considering the fact most people are unable to successfully multitask, and multitasking often leads to error, it is extremely important that individuals in certain fields, like healthcare, construction, and transportation refrain from multitasking no matter how stressed or rushed they feel. A doctor attempting to multitask could easily fail to diagnose a serious condition, a multitasking construction worker could easy injure another worker on the job, and a transportation worker multitasking behind the wheel could cause a serious pile up.

We encourage you to slow down, plan ahead, and to not be too hard on yourself when you’re unable to manage 75 things at once!

If you or a loved one were injured due to the negligence of others, contact us today.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP