Multi-tasking: What you NEED to know.
“Unfortunately, the human mind cannot, in fact, multi-task without drastically reducing the quality of our processing. Brain activation for listening is cut in half if the person is trying to process visual input at the same time. A recent study at The British Institute of Psychiatry showed that checking your email while performing another creative task decreases your IQ in the moment 10 points. That is the equivalent of not sleeping for 36 hours-more than twice the impact of smoking marijuana.”
The above quote was excerpted from a beautiful blog article by Timothy Ferriss, best-selling author of The 4-hour Work Week.
I recommend this article: It’s a surprise and very well written:
To get the most out of your day and life, learn how to manage yourself and learn about multitasking and time management fallacies, watch this great free video . It’s just plane good advice about how to be successful in life. Wake Up Productive
Quick start: You’ll need a routine that works for you daily: one you can do every day to create the persistence needed to build a great life. Here are some suggestions from the video, but it is really worth watching.
1. Clean Focus spans of 90-180 uninterrupted minutes. Eliminate interruptions: clutter, email, distractions, interrupting others-focus only on the task at hand.
2. Pulse: focus and then relax. Based on our bodies’ ultradium rhythm our natural cycle is a rhythm that occurs every two hours. (This is the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s transition of energy from organ system to organ system. Every two hours is associate with vital energy nourishing a particular ‘organ system’ of the body.) The ability to have clean focus requires clean breaks: drop it, go outside, don’t think about it and then return refreshed.
3. Create Routines. We are creatures of routine. Create ones that strengthen you: In particular: how you start your day sets the tone. Get up, have a big drink of fresh water (add some lemon is you can), exercise (for a fresh mind and freed emotional body), sit in silence for 5-20 minutes, eat a healthy breakfast, read something renewing and you’ll be excited to live your best life.
4. Renew yourself. Take time off, at least 1-2 days a week and at least 1-2 weeks a quarter. You’ll be more productive, create more value in your life and more value for those around you. And for your sake, get enough sleep. (Read my article about how lack of sleep will ruin your life.)
You need a home that supports your routine and rituals for your day.
Where to start?
Watch yourself throughout your day, honestly. Where are you duplicating effort? Where are your energy and flow “speedbumps?” (Those things that slow you down or muddy your tasks.) Are you spending time looking for things, repeating motions, walking out of the way to get from one place to another? Does your home support your routines? Does the design and layout of your home and it’s furnishings make it easy to stay organized, feel focused, happy and engaged in your activities?
Check out the Clear Your Clutter Weekly Plan to begin to look at yourself and your spaces differently. Go to my website and sign up for the plan. Then you can call me, we can start where you are and get you a plan that will work for you, your time and your budgets (emotional, physical and financial).
Let me know what you think.