Finally, a study to back up what I always told my managers at CEISS -- I cannot handle working on 6 different projects at one time and do work that meets my quality expectations under strict deadlines.
I work best when I'm working on 1 or 2 tasks/projects.
Actually, Hal Jorch, the first manager I had at CEISS, really understood this. (He didn't stay at CEISS very long -- hint hint).
When I told him I was being asked to do too many things at once he taught me about thrashing, which is what happens when a multitasking operating system starts spending more time switching between tasks than performing the tasks themselves. He said it applied to people every bit as much as computers.