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Fun Holiday – Single Tasking Day

You may have been praised for your multitasking skills, but have you ever tried single tasking i.e. doing only one thing at a time? Try it on February 22, Single Tasking Day.

Single tasking is productive and efficient.
Single tasking is productive and efficient.
Take on a single task and excel at it on Single Tasking Day.
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The made-up holiday clearly wants to encourage people to devote all their time and energy on accomplishing one task at a time. Some people also celebrate it on February 19.

Multitasking Lowers Productivity

Recent studies have shown that multitasking - the ability to focus on more than one task at any given time, can be less effective and productive than previously thought. Multitasking can also decrease the accuracy of certain tasks. This is because when one shifts from one task to another, the brain needs time to change focus. This can lead to a waste of time and can cause a lot of stress. Time management can also become an issue for multitaskers.

Increase Accuracy and Productivity

Productivity experts suggest that the best way to accomplish something well is to direct all of one's energy and time on the task. Single tasking increases engagement and helps reduce errors. By improving productivity and accuracy, single tasking can help reduce stress and other health problems that are stress-related.

How to Celebrate?

  • Make a list of all the tasks you want to accomplish and go down the list one at a time.
  • Cut off all distractions. Switch off your phone, block the Internet, close your office door and get started on your list. It may be hard now, but when you are done, you will be proud of yourself!

Did You Know…

…that according to research only about 2% of people can effectively multitask? The rest tend to be less productive when they multitask.

Single Tasking Day Observances

Fun Holiday: Single Tasking Day Observances
YearWeekdayDateName
2017WedFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2018ThuFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2019FriFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2020SatFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2021MonFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2022TueFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2023WedFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2024ThuFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2025SatFeb 22Single Tasking Day
2026SunFeb 22Single Tasking Day

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