Experiment the impact of multitasking over individual productivity
Participants play with writing a series of names in different ways. This is to experiment on how jumping from one task to another affects their performance. It impacts in a negative way both their efficiency and effectiveness. This activity helps them understand when and how they lose energy. This energy is much needed to reach daily objectives on a long term.
- Introduce the activity to the participants.
- Ask for 2 volunteers. The rest of the group will observe this experiment.
- Run this activity in the main room of the videoconferencing app.
- Provide the activity link to the volunteers.
- There are 2 ways in which one can write the predefined series of 8 names within the prepared framework.
- Approach A: write down the names horizontally; in other words, write one name at a time, in one row. You write the entire name, then you move on to the next row
- Approach B: write the names vertically; write in the first column the first letter of each name. Then you move to the second column, to write there the second letter from each name. And so on…
- Flip a coin to find out which one of the two volunteers will proceed according to approach A.
- Mention the fact that keeping the order of the names is essential too!
- The activity is complete when one of the two volunteers finishes the task and asks the observers/trainer/co-trainer to stop the timer.
- As a variation here, you can run this activity in 2 rounds. That way, participants can experiment with writing the names in both ways.
- The facilitator may ask the following questions:
- How satisfied are you with the result?
- What were the challenges? Did you overcome them? How?
- How did the approach you followed (A/B) influence your focus?
- Does this happen to you at work, as well?
- (if the activity is run in two rounds) When did you feel most comfortable – when playing according to approach A or B? Why?
This activity follows activity type guide from CARTA
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