For several years now, multi-tasking has been "all the rage." This is actually not surprising because we live in a time when more and more is expected of us and there are simply not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that we would like to accomplish. Because time is so short and the demands made of us are so many, the popularity of multi-tasking as a solution to this very real problem grew and grew over time until it became one of the most accepted ways of dealing with the all too common challenge of having too little time and too much to do. However, there are some significant problems with multi-taking too much, as you will see below

Multi-tasking is never advisable while driving, for example. It is simply too dangerous to you, to your passengers and to everyone else on the road. We have all seen people talking on the phone while applying mascara and fiddling with papers on their passenger seat, all while driving (or attempting to drive) a car. It's a genuine hazard to public safety, and definitely to be avoided at all costs.

Multi-tasking is sometimes the cause of sloppy work. If you feel that your work has started to suffer because you are trying to do too many tasks at once, it's time to cut back on the multi-tasking and get back to focusing on one task at a time. You will be pleasantly surprised by the overall improvement in the quality of your work.

When you multi-task, you don't always accomplish as much as you'd like. In fact, multi-tasking often results in a lot of half-finished projects and half-baked ideas rather than fully completed projects and fully formed ideas. When our minds are too scattered, it's very hard to do our best work.

Focusing in on one project like a laser beam until it is completely finished and it has turned out as good as (or even better than) expected can be extremely gratifying. Excessive multi-tasking can rob us of this simple but extraordinary pleasure.

If you are under deadline, you may have no choice but to do some multi-tasking, at least to a certain degree. Just try to keep the amount of multi-tasking that you do "under control," so that it does not get out of hand, and you will be just fine.