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I am sitting enjoying a cup of peppermint tea with my friend Holly, doing a quick catch up.  We are “multi-chatting”, lots of unfinished conversations as we try to get it all in. While I am chatting away, she gets a text.  She needs to respond but multitasking is not her thing (multi-chatting is).  So everything halts as she stops to focus.  Who isn’t multitasking today?  Maybe Holly actually got it right.

Multi-tasking:  The act of juggling multiple projects or tasks simultaneously.   We all do it, but research shows that multitasking can actually reduce productivity by as much as 40%.  The brain cannot completely focus on the task at hand if trying to do multiple things.   It’s the switching between tasks that causes the brain to have a stop and start reaction, which ultimately slows you down, leaving more room for errors.

Effects on your brain. Check it out, it will intrigue you.

The question is, can you afford not to multi-task?  Would you be more productive if you didn’t?

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