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Multitasking: An Impediment to Thinking & Behaviour

Multitasking: An Impediment to Thinking & Behaviour | School Psychology Tech | Scoop.it
More and more articles on the web state that multitasking and doing 10 things at a time, not only hamper creativity and innovation as well as reduce people’s ability to behave in an ‘emotionally in...

Via Jenny Ebermann, Susan Taylor
AnnC's insight:

BE MINDFUL OF WHAT IS HERE.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 13, 2013 7:08 PM

We've all done it...participating in a conference call while checking email, Tweeting and checking our Facebook news feed.  Driving while on our cell phone (hopefully hands free) and drinking coffee.  Dinner with the family in conversation together until the phone beeps indicating we have a new text message.

 

Whatever it is we are doing -- one thing is clear.  Doing too many things at the same time not only hampers our creativity and innovation; research now shows that multi-tasking can affect our memory, leading to stress and even illness.

 

So what do you do the next time you need to be in three places at the same time?  Jenny Ebermann suggests that "we need to learn to scale down and approach tasks, demands and workload in a different, mindful way."

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Tomorrow's Leaders are Training their Brains

Tomorrow's Leaders are Training their Brains | School Psychology Tech | Scoop.it
Mindfulness training is helping business leaders rethink the way they make big decisions, stay sane and get ahead at work, says neurologist Dr Tamara Russell. (Can you really retrain your brain?

Via Susan Taylor
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BE COGNIZANT OF THE MOMENT FOR YOUR BRAIN'S SAKE.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:12 PM

Great insights about the benefits of mindfulness in today's turbo-charged business environment.  The article also touches upon the importance of being present with those who really matter to us.

 

To be mindful is to be alert and aware to what is unfolding in any given moment.  This includes being engaged with how your mind and body reacts to certain situations. Enlightened leaders are learning that mindfulness -- training the mind to pay attention -- takes both discipline and practice.

 

"By repeatedly training the mind to pay attention to the sensations of the body as they enter the brain, mindfulness training uses this information to build up an exquisitely sensitive understanding of our reactions and responses in the world -- both at work and elsewhere in our lives."

 

Benefits of training include:

 

  • The ability to be present with others
  • Improvements in attention
  • Enhanced memory and recall
  • Advanced problem-solving
  • Increased creativity

 

For best results, the author suggests you train in a quiet dedicated environment where you will not be interrupted. Just 20 minutes of mindfulness training in the morning, for example, will "radically change how you experience your work day and relate to others."