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Distracted by Multitasking?

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Multitaskers, are you overwhelmed by the flood of information coming at you every day? New data on mindfulness and multitasking is good for those who often find themselves juggling too many tasks at once.

Learn more from Daniel Goleman at http://bit.ly/MindfulMultitasking and http://morethansound.net/

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Distracted by Multitasking?

  1. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full
  2. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full “Must be a good multi-tasker.” We’ve all seen that line in a job listing. So does that mean we should start honing our task juggling skills?
  3. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full “Must be a good multi-tasker.” We’ve all seen that line in a job listing. So does that mean we should start honing our task juggling skills? Increasingly, the evidence is saying “no”!
  4. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full “Must be a good multi-tasker.” We’ve all seen that line in a job listing. So does that mean we should start honing our task juggling skills? Increasingly, the evidence is saying “no”! Researchers at Stanford University broke subjects up into two groups based upon their self-identified media consumption habits — Low Media Multitaskers and High Media Multitaskers — and put them through a series of tests.* * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full
  5. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full
  6. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full “We need you to check in with our vendors and find out what’s holding up production. Talk to Carrie, the regional manager, before she leaves at 1:15.”
  7. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full It’s being shipped by boat. No. Air mail Ooh. Lunch! I’m not sure blue is my color. Don’t forget. Is it Gary, or Carrie? Did you see that video on YouTube? I left the stove on. I’m sure of it. “We need you to check in with our vendors and find out what’s holding up production. Talk to Carrie, the regional manager, before she leaves at 1:15.”
  8. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full It’s being shipped by boat. No. Air mail Ooh. Lunch! I’m not sure blue is my color. Don’t forget. Is it Gary, or Carrie? Did you see that video on YouTube? I left the stove on. I’m sure of it. Talk to the vendors. Got it. Do I need last quarter’s numbers, too? “We need you to check in with our vendors and find out what’s holding up production. Talk to Carrie, the regional manager, before she leaves at 1:15.”
  9. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full It’s being shipped by boat. No. Air mail Ooh. Lunch! I’m not sure blue is my color. Don’t forget. Is it Gary, or Carrie? Did you see that video on YouTube? I left the stove on. I’m sure of it. Talk to the vendors. Got it. Do I need last quarter’s numbers, too? What was the last quote they gave us? “We need you to check in with our vendors and find out what’s holding up production. Talk to Carrie, the regional manager, before she leaves at 1:15.”
  10. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full It’s being shipped by boat. No. Air mail Ooh. Lunch! I’m not sure blue is my color. Don’t forget. Is it Gary, or Carrie? Did you see that video on YouTube? I left the stove on. I’m sure of it. Talk to the vendors. Got it. Do I need last quarter’s numbers, too? What was the last quote they gave us? “We need you to check in with our vendors and find out what’s holding up production. Talk to Carrie, the regional manager, before she leaves at 1:15.” They found that compared to Low Media Multitaskers,
  11. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full It’s being shipped by boat. No. Air mail Ooh. Lunch! I’m not sure blue is my color. Don’t forget. Is it Gary, or Carrie? Did you see that video on YouTube? I left the stove on. I’m sure of it. Talk to the vendors. Got it. Do I need last quarter’s numbers, too? What was the last quote they gave us? “We need you to check in with our vendors and find out what’s holding up production. Talk to Carrie, the regional manager, before she leaves at 1:15.” They found that compared to Low Media Multitaskers, High Media Multitaskers were less capable of identifying and filtering out irrelevant data.
  12. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full
  13. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full Wait, what time does the regional manager leave today? 1:00?
  14. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full You’re correct. Don’t worry about it. 1:15. Mountain time. Unimportant detail. Wait, what time does the regional manager leave today? 1:00?
  15. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full You’re correct. Don’t worry about it. 1:15. Mountain time. Unimportant detail. They performed poorly at memory tests: slower and more error prone than Low Media Multitaskers. Wait, what time does the regional manager leave today? 1:00?
  16. * http://www.pnas.org/content/106/37/15583.full You’re correct. Don’t worry about it. 1:15. Mountain time. Unimportant detail. They performed poorly at memory tests: slower and more error prone than Low Media Multitaskers. Ultimately, High Media Multitaskers were slower to switch between tasks than their Low Media Multitasker colleagues. Wait, what time does the regional manager leave today? 1:00?
  17. It’s probably your fault. Legal is on the 3rd floor, right? Got it! Wait, legal, or HR? “Change of plans. This has gone sideways. We need you to talk with legal instead.”
  18. It’s probably your fault. Legal is on the 3rd floor, right? Got it! Wait, legal, or HR? Talk with legal? I thought I was supposed to meet with our vendors? “Change of plans. This has gone sideways. We need you to talk with legal instead.”
  19. It’s probably your fault. Legal is on the 3rd floor, right? Got it! Wait, legal, or HR? Talk with legal? I thought I was supposed to meet with our vendors? Which defeats the whole purpose of multitasking, doesn’t it? “Change of plans. This has gone sideways. We need you to talk with legal instead.”
  20. Fortunately, these deficiencies aren’t permanent. Studies* have shown that short periods of mindfulness training can reverse the effects of multitasking. * http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24542
  21. Fortunately, these deficiencies aren’t permanent. Studies* have shown that short periods of mindfulness training can reverse the effects of multitasking. * http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24542
  22. Fortunately, these deficiencies aren’t permanent. Studies* have shown that short periods of mindfulness training can reverse the effects of multitasking. By focusing on your breathing — using it as your “anchor” to the present moment, you can train your brain to have better focus. * http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24542
  23. Fortunately, these deficiencies aren’t permanent. Studies* have shown that short periods of mindfulness training can reverse the effects of multitasking. By focusing on your breathing — using it as your “anchor” to the present moment, you can train your brain to have better focus. * http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24542 you can do this right at your desk!
  24. Fortunately, these deficiencies aren’t permanent. Studies* have shown that short periods of mindfulness training can reverse the effects of multitasking. By focusing on your breathing — using it as your “anchor” to the present moment, you can train your brain to have better focus. * http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24542 relaxed but upright posture you can do this right at your desk!
  25. Fortunately, these deficiencies aren’t permanent. Studies* have shown that short periods of mindfulness training can reverse the effects of multitasking. By focusing on your breathing — using it as your “anchor” to the present moment, you can train your brain to have better focus. * http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24542 relaxed but upright posture you can do this right at your desk! eyes closed
  26. Fortunately, these deficiencies aren’t permanent. Studies* have shown that short periods of mindfulness training can reverse the effects of multitasking. By focusing on your breathing — using it as your “anchor” to the present moment, you can train your brain to have better focus. * http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24542 relaxed but upright posture you can do this right at your desk! eyes closed concentrate on the sensations of breathing
  27. Fortunately, these deficiencies aren’t permanent. Studies* have shown that short periods of mindfulness training can reverse the effects of multitasking. By focusing on your breathing — using it as your “anchor” to the present moment, you can train your brain to have better focus. When you notice your attention slipping, consciously bring it back to your breathing. Over time, the process becomes almost automatic. * http://www.nature.com/articles/srep24542 relaxed but upright posture you can do this right at your desk! eyes closed concentrate on the sensations of breathing
  28. Mindfulness, or applied self-awareness, is one of the fundamental principles of emotional intelligence.
  29. Mindfulness, or applied self-awareness, is one of the fundamental principles of emotional intelligence.
  30. Mindfulness, or applied self-awareness, is one of the fundamental principles of emotional intelligence. In fact, cognitive control has been shown as a better predictor* of financial success in one’s adult life than either IQ or childhood economic advantage. * http://www.pnas.org/content/108/7/2693.full
  31. Mindfulness, or applied self-awareness, is one of the fundamental principles of emotional intelligence. In fact, cognitive control has been shown as a better predictor* of financial success in one’s adult life than either IQ or childhood economic advantage. And best of all, it’s never too late to improve one’s focus! * http://www.pnas.org/content/108/7/2693.full
  32. MORE THAN SOUND morethansound.net slideshare adapted by: bryant paul johnson For more information on how to include mindfulness and focus in your daily routine, visit us at morethansound.net.

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