Getting Over Yourself

September 2, 2010

Texting while driving, talking, or managing can do you in

Filed under: Observations — Barbara Rocha @ 10:49 am
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Those who have been following me for a while know what I think of multitasking. It’s impossible to be in the moment when you’re doing two things that actually require focus. And if you’re not in the moment, you won’t make your point, get or give the respect you and the others deserve, and probably have to go back and patch up the problems you’ve created.

A recent article in The New York Times offered some scientific data to back this up based on a wilderness trip a few scientists took just to study this very thing. There were 2 believers (that addiction to electronics is bad), and the others who were skeptical.

A few quotes from the article: “. . . some scientists believe heavy multitasking fatigues the brain, draining it of the ability to focus.”

“Behavioral studies have shown that performance suffers when people multitask. These researchers are wondering whether attention and focus can take a hit when people merely anticipate the arrival of more digital stimulation.” “’The expectation of e-mail seems to be taking up our working memory,’ Mr. Yantis says.”

Good insights and analysis. You might want to read the whole thing at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/technology/16brain.html?_r=3&pagewanted=4&emc=eta1

With more to do and less time to do it in, you want to be sure you’re using the right approach. And it directly relates to how long it will take you to prepare and organize your presentation, and how successful you are in delivering it.

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