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The Multitasking Myth

The Multitasking Myth

If you’re a regular on this site, you’ll have seen me harp on about the multitasking myth. Many people are led to believe that they’re great at multitasking and regard it almost as a strength! In this video, I’m going to explain to you why multitasking really is a myth, how it’s ineffective and harmful to your brain. Oh, and I’ll also explain the relevance of this picture of an octopus…

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3 Tips To Boost Your Focus And Productivity

If you think you’re being efficient by multitasking, then think again! These 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity are brought to you by Daan Harmsen.  The 3 headings he uses are focus, disconnect and controlled chaos. The first is self-explanatory, disconnect is about removing yourself from distractions, such as social media, phone calls, emails etc and the last is about managing your time effectively. Some people use systems to plan their days, but end up spending more time managing their systems than they do doing the work itself!

Multitasking Harmful For Your BrainFocus — One method that many people use to get more done is multitasking. Why do one thing, if you can do two things at one, and get twice as much work done? The problem with multitasking is that humans are notoriously bad at it: our brains are just not wired to be good at it. In fact, when you multitask, your productivity drops so much that you would be better off just doing one task after another. Answering e-mails and talking to someone on the phone at the same time might seem like a good use of your time, but it really isn’t. Focus on one thing at a time, and try to be completely present in the moment.

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Good to see multitasking slated among these 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity. Why? Not only is multitasking proven to be highly inefficient but it’s also proven to be damaging to our brains. Our brains weren’t designed to switch from task to task all day long. A study at Harvard found that those who multitask were less able to concentrate and it affected their memories. You may argue though that it’s impractical not to multitask. Eben Pagan advises to do “enlightened multitasking” – which is about scheduling your multitasking – opening yourself to distractions for a fixed period of time, say an hour before lunch and an hour at the end of your day. Then you can focus for the rest of the day. Genius.

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Struggling To Focus As You’re Addicted To Distractions?

We’re living in a world surrounded by a myriad of distractions. Have you ever wondered if you’re struggling to focus as you’re addicted to distractions? With social media taking over the the internet/our world, it’s not difficult to understand that this may be a new phenomenon. According to Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D. for Psychology Today, it’s all down to dopamine in our brains as we seek pleasure and instant gratification;

Struggling to Focus As You’re Addicted To Distractions?

Turn off distractions to focusPleasure vs. seeking  You may have heard that dopamine controls the “pleasure” systems of the brain: that dopamine makes you feel enjoyment, pleasure, and therefore motivates you to seek out certain behaviors, such as food, sex, and drugs. Recent research is changing this view. Instead of dopamine causing you to experience pleasure, the latest research shows that dopamine causes seeking behavior. Dopamine causes you to want, desire, seek out, and search. It increases your general level of arousal and your goal-directed behavior. From an evolutionary stand-point this is critical. The dopamine seeking system keeps you motivated to move through your world, learn, and survive. It’s not just about physical needs such as food, or sex, but also about abstract concepts. Dopamine makes you curious about ideas and fuels


Not without costs 
 This constant stimulation of the dopamine system can be exhausting. And the constant switching of attention makes it hard to get anything accomplished. Can you do anything to get out of a dopamine loop? Or prevent getting in one in the first place?your searching for information. The latest research shows that it is theopioid system (separate from dopamine) that makes us feel pleasure.

Turn off the cues  One of the most important things you can do to prevent or stop a dopamine loop, and be more productive is to turn off the cues. Adjust the settings on your cell phone and on your laptop, desktop or tablet so that you don’t receive the automatic notifications. Automatic notifications are touted as wonderful features of hardware, software, and apps. But they are actually causing you to be like a rat in a cage. If you want to get work done you need to turn off as many auditory and visual cues as possible. It’s the best way to prevent and break the dopamine loops.

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It’s a little scary wouldn’t you agree that you may be struggling to focus as you’re addicted to distractions? To be honest, this doesn’t surprise me in the least. As we flit from one social media site to another, from text to phone call to push notification from wherever, we’ll soon be multitasking so ineffectively that we achieve nothing! The key to focus is to remove yourself from distractions, so turn these notifications off and put yourself and your computer in ‘airplane mode’.

 

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20 Ways To Improve Focus And Concentration

These 20 ways to improve focus and concentration are brought to you by Renita Tisha Pinto for The Times Of India and they’re a great reminder of some very simple methods to improve your focus and concentration. She advises to never be negative; if you tell yourself that you can’t focus or concentrate then you’ll force your mind into believing that, and what you believe, will prevail. Conversely if you tell yourself that you can focus and concentrate, then you’ll find it a lot easier to do so! It’s all in your mind..

20 Ways To Improve Focus And Concentration

Organisation For FocusControl your thoughts

The key to concentration is to not allow your mind to distract you with casual thoughts.

When unrelated thoughts emerge in the mind, pay no attention to them and actively focus on the task you are trying to accomplish.

Make a time plan

Make a schedule for the jobs to be done. In order to balance, allocate time appropriately to serious tasks, and to leisure as well.

This will help you feel more fulfilled and less weak toward playful distractions.

Never be negative

Do not tell yourself that you cannot concentrate; this will make it more difficult to focus, because you will force your mind to be short of concentration and attention.

Avoid Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking ensures that we cannot concentrate on one single task at hand when we have a horde of tasks lying in front of us. Continue reading on Times Of India

I was very happy to see that avoiding multitasking featured in these 20 ways to improve focus and concentration. Not only is multitasking highly ineffective, but it is harmful to your mind. Flitting between various tasks causes chaos in your brain, as your brain was not designed to function like that. The longer you do it, the more harm if causes, and the harder you’ll find it to concentrate and focus. There are a number of articles on multitasking on this site if you’re interested to read more about. Search under “multitasking” in the top search bar if you’d like to read more.

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