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Multitasking is a Myth

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It is impossible for the brain to focus on one thing at a time. When we claim to “multitask” what we are really doing is constantly shifting focus from one topic to another. Information about each task is usually stored in short term memory and is soon forgotten. This may be fine for watching TV while chatting on the phone, but tasks such as studying require a person’s full attention.

Even when we aren’t trying to multitask the brain may be thinking about stressful events while trying to do something else. If someone is talking to you but your brain is somewhere else it can be difficult to follow the topic of conversation. This is why we are often told to “Live in the moment”. If we are thinking about the past or worrying about a future event our focus is compromised and this can cause stress.

To prevent the mind from wandering try to limit the number of active projects you have going. Focus on getting each done one at a time. It is helpful to schedule reminders for yourself so that you are free to let something go until you are ready to work on it with your complete attention.

We’ve all had the feeling after a day at work where we felt that we didn’t get anything accomplished. We may have moved forward on a number of things but there are still as many thing left undone as there were at the start of the day. Before you leave for work each day come up with one thing you want to accomplish that day. Focus on getting that one thing done before moving to the next big thing.  By getting at least one thing accomplished, you can forget about it and free up your mind for other tasks.

Written by Tim ThinkAuthor

January 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Posted in Business, Life, People, Thoughts

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