Research has shown that multitasking reduces productivity by up to 40 percent, and a new study explains why. Using a special type of scan, researchers recently looked at the brain activity of a group of people watching movies. When they watched 6 ½-minute segments, areas of the brain that synthesize separate events into a cohesive whole worked well. When the movies were fragmented into 50-second segments, these areas functioned poorly. In other words, your brain works better when you tackle one thing at a time! It takes discipline to break the multitasking habit. Give it a try for a few days and see how you feel. Rather than trying to juggle work-related tasks with checking email and news, try doing one thing at a time. Be patient with yourself as you try to change this habit.
“Success demands a singleness of purpose.” Vince Lombardi