Great Article on Multitasking

From the Revealing Health column by Dr. James Rouse, SOM May 2013.
Multitasking has taken over our lives. How often do you check your Facebook account, read e-mail, or make dinner while you’re talking on the phone? Did you know these actions compete with one another to use the same part of the brain? This leads to concentration problems and a sense of brain overload. Chronic multitasking can lead to a combination of brain challenges ranging from depression, memory challenges, rage, or attention-deficit disorder type behavior, and it causes considerable increases in stress. According to researchers at UCLA Medical School, *not* multitasking allows the brain to pause, which enhances neural connections in the cortex humanitatis, the part of the brain that makes us civilized, loving, and compassionate.

Why would you choose to buck the system and possibly risk being seen as a slacker for having only one ball in the air? Because it may make you smarter, more peaceful, and more alive. Our brains are built to thrive under the influence of one thought and one action at a time. Our proficiency and efficiency suffer when we multitask. We actually get *more* accomplished (with greater quality) doing just one thing at a time. Being present in this way helps keep stress hormones in check, which will enhance the quality of your mood, immune system, and overall well-being. Although becoming a *uni-tasker* may not come naturally at first, remembering to breathe deeply and focus on doing one thing well at a time will pay big dividends at the end of every day.

From the Revealing Health column by Dr. James Rouse, SOM May 2013.

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