Multi-Tasking and The Brain

Don’t be a Multi-tasker, be a Solo-Master!

Consciously trying to multi-task, being pressured into multi-tasking, or when our immediate focus is distracted with the intent of taking on yet another task simultaneously while . . . be aware. It’s tough on the brain.

When you try to accomplish various things simultaneously, you’ll probably end up doing a half-buttocks job on all of them. It trips up the brain and dilutes it’s ability to focus. It’s frustrating, debilitating, stressful, less productive, and perhaps even dangerous.

Example: you’re stressed about an event that happened while trying to pass cars and get somewhere fast while explaining your frustrations to your passenger while she’s interrupting you to remind you of the directions to take, AND simultaneously entering phone numbers into her iPhone, clearly unable to focus more than a minimum on your story and she knows it so she starts asking you questions about your dialogue out of feigned interest yet her next question comes with such bullet speed, you know she wasn’t really listening to the answer you didn’t have time to complete in the first place . . . meanwhile, YOUR cell phone goes off, maybe it’s your son? oh! remember to take the next right at the light, hmmm, if I just reach a little to the left of my pocket I should be able to turn on the bluetooth and take the call or to at least turn off that distracting ringing while keeping my eyes on the road, oops – almost forgot to check that blind spot, what was that question you asked me? Where was I?

Multi-tasking at work, while cooking, while talking/listening to someone when you have way too much on your mind at the same time; its just different variations of the same dilemma.

Heres the truth about multi-tasking – it’s not more efficient.

Terry Small’s latest Brain Bulletin “The #1 Brain Myth and Why it is Dangerous” has some great information and facts from brain scientists to bust open this myth. I’m a fan of these brain bulletins. If you want to try them out, go to http://www.terrysmall.com/newsletter.asp and sign up. I’ve also experienced Terry’s brain information live when we were presenters at the same conference. He’s engaging, and so enthusiastic about his topic and the audience’s understanding of it.

So remember, when it comes to doing many things well, to be the master – be a ‘solo-tasker’