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."