It makes you think twice
Dr. Travis Bradberry, a leading expert on emotional intelligence and published author, says that multitasking may be damaging our brains. He points to research from Stanford University which compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multitaskers - those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance - were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another.
You're losing IQ points
- Gary Keller
Just do one thing
Try these simple tips to flip your switch to "singletask mode":
• Do one thing at a time for 10 minutes.
• Wherever you are, focus your attention on 5 different objects for 5 seconds each.
• Reduce the speed at which you perform any one task.
• Take 3 deep breaths all the way in, and all the way out.
• Silence all notifications on your mobile device for 15 minutes.
How will you flip the switch on multitasking?
Charles Gosset is a Certified Professional Life and Leadership Coach (ACC, CPC) and founder of Full Integration Coaching, LLC. He helps big-hearted people with huge drive lead exceptional lives. You can find out more about him and the transformational services he offers by visiting www.fullintegrationcoaching.com.