App Overwhelm And The Myth of Multitasking

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Apps are terrific for creating order in your personal life and in your workflow. In our quest to go paperless, apps play a vital role by giving us ways to complete our work, store our documents, collaborate with others, and work across multiple devices, all without using paper. You can find apps to help you preserve family photos, convert documents to PDF, annotate, take notes by hand, convert handwritten notes to text, manage email, create calendars, keep task lists, and so much more!

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As a matter of fact, according to Statista, (https://www.statista.com/apps-available-in-leading-app-stores/) in 2017 there were 2.8 million apps for download on Google Play, and 2.2 million to choose from in the Apple Store!

There are literally millions of apps available that claim to organize your life and boost your productivity. Trying to analyze your tasks and responsibilities, and choosing apps to create a smooth system that will effectively manage those chores can leave your head spinning.

Our tendency is to give in to shiny object syndrome every time we see a new app with a must-have feature. Each app is set up to solve one problem, which leaves us trying to solve 23 problems with 23 apps, leading to app overload.

When we’re overloaded with apps in our workflow system, we have to switch back-and-forth between them in order to complete the tasks that the apps are there to simplify.

Another word for switching back-and-forth is multitasking, and as a rule human brains are notoriously bad at it.

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