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The High Cost of Multitasking | infographic

The High Cost of Multitasking | infographic | Unplug | Scoop.it
Multitasking is a fact of our modern, connected life. However, research shows it makes us less effective, increases mistakes and stress, and costs the
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After dozens of well respected studies showing that mulitasking leads to getting less quality work down people still swear they are the exception to the rule. Go figure...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:24 PM

Multi-tasking takes away from creativity and effectiveness. In a classroom, it takes away from learning. The problem is we have adults in schools who are serial multi-taskers and who influence children with that behaviour. Now, some of it is a product of the work we do, but some of it is denial.

PracSimplicityGroup's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:54 PM

Funny how the downsides now seem obvious!

Sabrina Li's curator insight, November 4, 2014 12:47 AM

A really nice infographic talking about multitasking in the workplace. It summarizes data including task-switching, multitasking effects on errors/speed, etc. while also boasting some affordances of using video web conferencing. 

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Are Electronic Gadgets Making Us Dumber?

Are Electronic Gadgets Making Us Dumber? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Are gadgets making us dumber? Two new studies suggest they might be. One found that people who are interrupted by technology score 20...
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"Our days and nights are full of gadgets that ping, buzz and beep their way into our attention, taking us away from whatever we are doing". And according to two recent studies, electronic gadgets may be making us dumber.

 

According to the research, people interrupted by technology score 20% lower on standard cognition tests.  Additionally, it seems we cannot concentrate on any one task without distracting ourselves by using social media, emailing or texting.

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The Newsroom 3.0's curator insight, January 13, 2014 5:06 PM

According to the research, people interrupted by technology score 20% lower on standard cognition tests.  Additionally, it seems we cannot concentrate on any one task without distracting ourselves by using social media, emailing or texting.

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Focus; Be In The Moment

Focus; Be In The Moment | Unplug | Scoop.it
From a very early age we’re told to Focus and often this command is followed by Pay Attention.
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Once we develop focus and embrace attention new doors will open in our lives...

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Finding Balance with Extended Reading, Writing and Thinking Time

"The brain is constantly changing and rewiring itself based on the stimulus it receives; in neuroscience, we call this "brain plasticity." As you read each word of this blog, the neural networks of your brain are active in response to the words, as well as the white noise of the air conditioning, the voices next door, the tempting smell of that banana, and the countless other stimuli in the room around you."

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Our focus is derailed by our own minds squirting dopamine at every opportunity and perceived threat that comes along.


Practicing attention and focus will teach our brain that we want to read and write longer without giving into distractions.

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Take A Texting Sabbath Today - 7 Reasons

Take A Texting Sabbath Today - 7 Reasons | Unplug | Scoop.it
No one will be surprised to learn that texting is nearly universal among young adults with cell phones (so, um, all of them?). According to the data, 97 percent of cell phone users under 30 text every day.
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Here are 7 reasons to thinking about before you do anymore texting. I think it could be a larger list but let's start with these reasons, maybe you can think of a few more yourself.


  • Your Posture is Suffering
  • It Disrupts Your Driving
  • You Bump Into People
  • Studying Suffers
  • You Miss Activities
  • You'll Sleep Better
  • You Attention is Divided 


So. have you thought of another reason? How about the food in your lap from missing your mouth...

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Gaining Through Subtraction

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The author of “The Laws of Subtraction” says that success often comes from knowing what to leave out of a project or situation.


"“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day,” it said, capsulizing teachings of Lao Tzu. “Profit comes from what is there, usefulness from what is not there.”"

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Unplugging and subtraction both require that you prioritize your time, that you decide what is and isn't important to your well-being.


Throughout history movements and religions have taught the benefits of attention and focus and how there two disciplines can enhance our happiness.


Matthew E. May has written a short piece about subtraction and how it can change your life. read more: Taking Away

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Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts

"Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks is a 10-minute film and accompanying TED Book from award-winning Director Tiffany Shlain and her team at The Moxie Institute."

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Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts... The film compares the internet to a child's brain with connections growing and being pruned at every moment.


What we put on the internet and what we put into our brains is hugely important.


Check out Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks - It's 10 minutes that might change your brain...

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Is Multitasking Counterproductive?

Is Multitasking Counterproductive? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Business coaching expert Lalita Raman discusses why multitasking is a counterproductive and offers some strategies to stay efficient and focused.


"1. To do list – Take a few minutes every day  either at the end of the day before you go to bed or at the beginning of the day to outline and write down the two or three most important things you want to accomplish tomorrow or on the day and the time by which you would like to achieve them.

2. Set a timer every hour. Pause and note all the tasks you are doing at that moment. Ask yourself: Am I doing what I most need to do right now?, Am I on track to complete my 2-3 most important tasks that I had enlisted.  How many times in each hour have I walked away from the original activity and checked emails, social media, and fallen prey to digital device distractions."

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Lately I've noticed quite a few studies coming out of noted universities about the field of multitasking, not one has extolled the virtues of it. In fact everything I have read in the news has clearly pointed out that becoming more productive through multitasking is an illusion.


So why do so many people trumpet how much they get done when they multitask? My take is two fold, no one can fool us like we can fool ourselves and without meaning to sound harsh we are addicted to the world of distraction. Some call that world the Crow Time. It's when we allow or minds to wander from one shinny object to another, the result is we create a habit of distraction we need to feed...


The above article by Lalita Raman gives a real nice overview of the state of multitasking... Check it out.

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How to Raise Your Consciousness in a Distracted World

How to Raise Your Consciousness in a Distracted World | Unplug | Scoop.it
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It takes consciousness to grow consciousness -- like fuel to a flame.  The good news is that you already have it -- you simply need to add the fuel. 

 

From Steve Pavlina, here are 10 ways to become more conscious:

 

  1. Accept truth.  Whatever you are afraid to know lowers your consciousness.
  2. Have courage.  It is the gatekeeper between unconscious growth and conscious growth.
  3. Search for signs of unconscious cruelty and disconnection in your life.
  4. Get clear about what you want; clarity focuses your mind.
  5. Improving your ability to concentrate will make you more conscious.  Distraction lowers consciousness.
  6. First and foremost, know thyself; knowledge raises consciousness.
  7. Logic is a powerful tool of consciousness when used correctly.
  8. Seek out others you perceive to be at a higher level of consciousness than you are.
  9. Take care of your physical body -- your primary means of interacting with the world.
  10. Intention is fundamental. Be determined to raise your consciousness.

 

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Are You An Active Listener?

Are You An Active Listener? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Many of us don't listen as well as we could. Learn how to use "active listening" to make a conscious effort to hear and understand what people are saying.
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To truly listen is one of the most important life skils you can develop.  Listening helps you to obtain information, understand, learn, and derive meaning; over and above all of that, it has a major impact on the quality of your relationships.

 

Unfortunately, research suggests that we are not good listeners. 

 

The way to become a better listener?  Practice "active listening."

 

Active listening involves making a conscious effort to hear not only the words that are being said, but more importantly, try to understand the meaning behind those words.

 

In this blog and video, Mind Tools helps us to pay attention, defer judgement and indicate to another that we truly want to hear what they have to say.

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Finally Getting Its Share of Attention, Mindfulness

Finally Getting Its Share of Attention, Mindfulness | Unplug | Scoop.it
A term for mental training reaches the height of trendiness, and like yoga before it, may be leaving its mark.


"Nike, General Mills, Target and Aetna encourage employees to sit and do nothing, and with classes that show them how"


“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Promising substance but  slow to catch on mindfulness is finally gaining the attention so many think it deserves.


Writing in the NYT, David Hochman lays out a compeling overview of how the practice of mindfulness is becoming the norm in many of today's most powerful small and large businesses alike.


Unplugging and paying attention is hot and thousands of business execs already have taken classes in mindfulness.

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Manuela's curator insight, October 28, 2014 2:56 PM

The idea of "coming into presence" - being present in the physical environment instead of in our "web" selves
Various companies are incorporating mindfulness training to their culture
Be conscious of what has to be done and what one is actually doing
The article gives a good overview of the idea of mindfulness, its importance and the way it is being implemented to improve productivity and well-being among employees in various companies. The author cites various experts in different fields supporting the authority of the article. 

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The Science Of Distraction

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In the current world of twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, email, whatsapp and all those other awesome apps, the difficulty of focusing on a task at hand is becoming even greater. Or is it?
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Maybe we are so distracted that we miss all the recent studies that show multi-tasking is a myth, or maybe we get distracted while we are reading the study and promptly forget it.


Niccolo Pantucci's post clearly lays out that distraction does not have to be the order of the day. We can become more focused if we practice mindfulness. Now that's good news, right.

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How the smartphone killed the three-day weekend

How the smartphone killed the three-day weekend | Unplug | Scoop.it
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and all it evokes: vacations, slower workweeks, casual dress codes, getting the pool ready and pulling out the outdoor furniture.
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It's hard to be in the land of multiple devices and not at least take a peak of two now and then. But what is becoming a problem is the constant looking at our phones and tablets, so much so we are having trouble holding our focus during the day.

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Why You Should Unplug

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Taking the occasional digital fast could improve your focus.


"Psychotherapist Lisa Brateman, LCSW, says that being overly tuned in to smartphones and laptops causes over-stimulation, anxiety and stress. "People are often in the quick-to-respond mode, which undermines their ability to calm down and relax, taking a toll on their emotional state," she says. "

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Robin Madell has put together an quick and easy to read of the benefits of disconnecting on a regular basis along with some of the pitfalls of not unplugging.


It's a good thing to clear your head and regain your focus from time to time, your brain as well as your friends will thank you.

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Organic Communication: How To Keep 'iDisorders' From Overflowing

Organic Communication: How To Keep 'iDisorders' From Overflowing | Unplug | Scoop.it
Career skills require a more organic form of communication than many people today are wired for.


"Increases in narcissism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression are increasingly correlated with frequent use of technology.  Yet the person who can succeed in our soft and uncertain economy is still the one who can focus on one task, follow through on a commitment, and excel in face-to-face communication."

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A great first step to integrate down time from always-on technology interaction is to shut everything off 60 minutes before bedtime. Just give yourself that little bit of space to meditate, read or talk with someone face to face about your day.


Nothing radical of painful will happen to you if you take this step but, I'm pretty sure some positive results will start showing up rather quickly.


Rob Asghar has penned this engaging piece for Forbes, I encourage you to read the whole of the article.

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Mindfulness: an antidote for workplace ADD

Mindfulness: an antidote for workplace ADD | Unplug | Scoop.it
Some consultants tell me that the number one problem in the workplace today is attention. People are distracted. They're in a state of what's called "continuous partial attention" where
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A few years ago I managed a catering operation that required of its employees huge bursts of focused attention to get one catering job after another prepared, packaged and out the door on time.


Customers would not understand if we were late with the food for a wedding or family reunion and one of my jobs was to join in with the cooks and preparers both helping and cheer-leading at the same time.


I would see that everyone in the room was constantly distracted by the flood of thoughts swirling around their brains and I had to gently bring them back to the job at hand, kind of like a Zen teacher with a meditation stick (keisaku).


Distraction is part of the human condition, part of life. It doesn't matter if the distractions are within our minds or are created by an electronic device, we struggle with distractions constantly.


It's much easier to point to phones and computers as the cause of the current distraction and it certainly lends itself to a quick fix. Whatever the distraction is, Mindfulness practice can give us a refreshed and renewed sense of focus in all we do.

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