Thursday, October 2, 2014

You're Getting Less Done When You Multi-task!

American philosopher and psychologist William James once stated that the mind can hold a thought for about four seconds. The Buddhists claim that we suffer from “monkey mind.” It is here, there, everywhere, like a monkey jumping from tree to tree. Mindfulness is the key to getting things done.

Mindfulness is focusing for a period of time on a single activity. It supercharges your productivity because the more attention you devote to a single task, the more effective you are. Effectiveness measures your ability to produce results in the minimum amount of time with a minimum of effort. Mindfulness produces momentum that lets you accomplish more, faster, easier and better.

Multi-tasking is the enemy of mindfulness. When you try to handle more than one thing at a time, everything suffers. It takes longer to perform activities than it would if you completed them one at a time because you aren't really multi-tasking; you are serial tasking. You're attention is switching back and forth from one task to the other. This switch is so fast, you don't notice it, but it dilutes your attention and activities take longer to complete

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