Is Multitasking Killing Your Brain?

You are intent on completing that project but respond to a few personal emails then scan the NY Times site to start the day. The sidebar lures you off with a super interesting article. Ding! Your cell phone has a new text. Before you can respond you get 2 alerts from Facebook. Your calendar auto-pop says you are late for your next appointment, and ding! Auto-confirm your dentist for Tuesday. While 2 new Tweets come in, you check the forecast.

Are you a multitasking master, or drowning in distractions?

The scientific verdict is now clear: our brains were not designed to take in all this information simultaneously. Multitasking is killing your brain.

Dr. Earl Miller, an expert on divided attention and a neuroscientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, states that our brains are “not wired to multitask well… when people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost.” Miller’s research team at MIT has concluded that:

  • Multitasking floods the brain with cortisol, a stress hormone
  • Multitasking uses up glucose (brain fuel) faster, exhausting and confusing our minds
  • Multitasking leads to scrambled thoughts and inefficiency
  • Multitasking lowers our work quality
  • Multitasking makes it difficult to filter out irrelevant information
  • As your mind jumps from task to task your IQ actually is reduced by 10 points, known as the “switch cost”.

The good news is you can learn (or relearn) to focus with Brain Sync’s gamma wave binaural beats meditation and guided imagery. Just 30 minutes a day will bring outstanding results.

“Multitasking prevents deep, creative thought as we switch back and forth, backtracking, constantly starting from scratch each time. As a result, thoughts are less new and more superficial,” says Miller. 

The constant mini-thrill of a new email in our inbox or new text on our phones keeps us ever-distracted. But what can you do? In this modern age, isn’t that just life? Try these practical steps for one month and see how your focus increases:

  • Establish an e-mail checking schedule for your personal account.
  • Commit yourself to checking personal emails only twice times a day, once in the morning and once before dinner.
  • Turn off texting notifications and choose specific times to check your phone, perhaps 3 times a day.
  • Have at least one tech-free week a year, perhaps while on vacation.
  • Leave your phone at home when heading to the movies, ball park, or for a walk in nature.
  • Retrain your brain to focus and increase concentration with gamma wave binaural beats meditation.

We are all busy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t control your life. Say no to multitasking and learn to focus like a master.

To your greatest potential!

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