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Task Switching Costs

Tags: productivity

Switching tasks results in costs to worker because they often have to ramp into the activity for example:

  • Mechanical costs of moving to the new task (e.g. procuring materials to complete job)
  • Rework due to switching at a bad time
  • immersion time, the time it takes to re-acquaint oneself with the problem space
  • frustration (emotional immersion)