Thursday, July 17, 2008

Multi-Tasking a No-No?

Do you have a habit of turnng on the TV whilst you're studying? Or trying to finish half a dozen mini-assignments within an hour?
Contrary to popular belief (and practice!), multi-tasking may in fact make us less efficient.

Educator Kathy Sierra counsels us to practice mindfulness. This is a very 'Zen-ish' way of saying, "Focus - don't spread - attention!" ;>)

Read her full blog-post, Your Brain on Multi-Tasking. Some quotes from her piece below:
  • "Our brains can't do even two independent things that require conscious thought, especially if those two things involve different goals."
  • "Practicing mindfulness is like adding more hours to your day. If you're mindful, time slows down. You get more done, enjoy things more, and feel less stress. "
  • "Imagine what it would be like if every time your co-worker, friend, spouse, lover, child wanted to say something to you and you turned and gave that person all your attention."

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