Adopt Slow-Motion Multitasking For Unleashing Your Creativity

Multitasking can be good if it is applied intelligently.

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The Monotask Mode Blocks Creativity

However, this mode of operation is difficult to apply for truly creative people. I am talking about people whose brains produce many new ideas every day. Adopting a work style that focuses on only one task at a time will prevent them from fully exploiting their potential.

The monotask mode blocks natural creativity.

It therefore seems essential to review our usual position on the harmful side of multitasking. And that’s what Tim Harford does perfectly in his TED Talk, which I strongly encourage you to watch.

Albert Einstein Published 4 Outstanding Scientific Articles In 1905

In order to understand that multitasking can have significant beneficial effects on your creativity, it is interesting to look at the example of Albert Einstein.

  • An article on general relativity.
  • An article on the photoelectric effect by which we have solar panels.
  • An article on restricted relativity that gave rise to the famous equation E = MC².

Albert Einstein even received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.

All this suggests that doing several things at once can be good. Of course, you could argue that Albert Einstein is an exception given his exceptional intelligence.

Multitasking Is Found In All Creative People

In reality, what Albert Einstein accomplished in 1905 can be found in many very creative artists or scientists. Although it seems contradictory, juggling between their different projects according to their moods or to avoid potential blocking situations on subjects allows them to be much more effective.

By choosing multitasking, they can multiply the amount of work they can do in an incredible way.

Why? Simply because they choose to do multitasking. The people who will lose productivity through multitasking are actually people who will be affected by this way of working.

Practice Multitasking In Slow-Motion

Very creative people who opt for multitasking will practice what Tim Harford calls slow-motion multitasking. In practice, this means knowingly performing multitasking but in a slower way without any stress or pressure.

As a creative person, your brain is boiling and you have lots of new ideas.

Launch the projects that result from these ideas and move forward in parallel on these projects according to your moods and desires.

Slow-Motion Multitasking Will Unleash Your Creativity

Slow-motion multitasking will free your creativity. There are 3 reasons for its omnipresence among creative people:

  1. Learning to do something necessarily helps you to be good at something else. So you must take advantage of it.
  2. Changing the subject helps you when you’ve been stuck on a subject for a while. The right answer will then come to you when you have free mind.


The big lesson to learn from Tim Harford’s excellent TED Talk is that you shouldn’t set limits. Don’t be afraid to start different projects when you have great ideas coming up. Get started and take advantage of multitasking by choosing this mode of operation rather than suffering it.

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