You're rushing to finish a project and your email inbox won't stop filling up with subject lines marked "urgent." Maybe finally gotten into the groove of a problem, and your coworker leans over for a chat.
You're in the middle of one project and your boss hands you something with a higher priority. Perhaps your phone rings right when you're in the middle of an important thought. Whether it's in the office or at home, distractions are annoying, but it turns out they're worse than that.
Many organizations and people prize the ability to multitask. However, a growing amount of research shows there's no such thing. Your brain is simply a single tasker that switches between multiple lines of thought very quickly.
Unfortunately, that switching causes you to lose focus on important things, which leads to mistakes. You might think that it takes some big distraction to add mistakes, but a new study says differently.