In common language, a task
is part of a set of actions which accomplish a job, problem or assignment. Task
is a synonym for activity
although the latter carries a connotation of being possibly longer duration.
Multi-tasking is performing a variety of tasks, ranging from at least two tasks, simultaneously. This is a great tool for people who have a lot to get done. However, it has been shown to make some people less effective, as they cannot focus as well when contemplating the resources required to accomplish the various tasks set out before them. However, some people are indeed quite adept at accomplishing multiple tasks at the same time, as they are capable of contributing brain power to each of the things they know they must do. These people are known as adept multi-taskers.
In particular, task
may refer to: