Multitasking Myth Guide

Updated on 2024-05-27 (first published on 2024-03-12)


The “Multitasking Myth” game reveals the cognitive cost of task switching, emphasizing mono-tasking’s efficiency. By performing tasks first in parallel, then sequentially, participants witness increased productivity with sequential work. This interactive, experiential game changes perspectives on work prioritization and context-switching, encouraging focused, quality output.

Sequential task completion can also deliver value faster to customers and shorten feedback loops. This approach expedites solutions, allows for quicker feedback incorporation, and enhances product quality, ultimately leading to greater customer satisfaction and business value.

Use Cases

Use this game to demonstrate the cognitive cost of task switching and the efficiency of mono-tasking. It can help teams and stakeholders understand the value of focused, quality output and the benefits of sequential task completion.

How to Use

  • Initiate the game once all players have joined.
  • The game play is divided into two rounds. Both rounds involve completing the same dataset but in a distinct sequence.
  • Remind players that their focus should primarily be on entering the accurate values in the designated input field. As one field is completed, the game will organically progress to the next input field.
  • The countdown starts once the first field is populated. Hence, players need not wait for the facilitator’s signal to commence. They are also encouraged to scrutinize the data before initiating.
  • Upon the conclusion of the game, graphical representations, in the form of charts, will be presented to exhibit the variations between the two rounds.

Facilitator Tips

  • Prior to starting the first round, clarify the game’s objective.
    • Players will complete a number of series.
    • Players only need to focus on entering the correct number in the highlighted input field. The game will seamlessly transition to the next input field.
  • Upon game completion, charts will visually illustrate the variations between rounds.

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