The numbers behind context switching

The research and numbers

When we switch our attention between tasks, our brain needs to re-focus to the new task. This is called reimmersion time, resumption time or resumption lag as shown in Figure 1 (1).

Break the pattern

The research and numbers clearly show us that working on multiple tasks at once heavily influences the time we need to finish our work and more importantly creates a significant additional cost for our organization.



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Serge Huybrechts

Serge Huybrechts


I consider myself an Agile explorer. Always seeking ways to make work and life better by — together with others — challenging the status quo.