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Multitasking: What you NEED to know


Multi-tasking:  What you NEED to know.

Have you ever been around a little child who is engaged in what they are doing? Their focus is laser-like. Our society trains that out of us so it’s up to us to put it back.

 “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:

The Multitasking Virus and the End of Learning (part 1)

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. 

If your home and office do not create a background for your life that is supportive, you need to revise and use Feng Shui to help it–and you–flow better.   


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.



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Sleep: The Best Work You Can Do All Day

Sleep: the Best Work you can do all day 

If you think that 5 hours a night is all you need,  you might be surprised to learn you are actually sleep deprived, operating with a diminished IQ, immune system and a decreased ability to be efficient or effective, impossible to show up as healthy in your relationships.  All of which severely impair your ability to be effective, healthy, and happy.  
Dr. Gary Feldman ( Sleep Basics for Children and Parents )

states that  over 47 million American adults are what is termed ‘sleep deprived’, not getting the 7-8 hours per night they need to  function.  Teenagers, need 9 hours per night and children need more, up to 16 hours per day for infants.
 The BBC has a fun test (and a great website) where you can check your own response time to tell how sleep deprived you might be:   Sheep Dash  


Keys to good sleep:

—  Get enough exercise in the day to expend excess energy, release and develop endorphins.  Fresh air and nature help you sleep.
—   Establish a good daily routine and a good going-to-bed routine. 
—   Limit sugar, caffeine, white flour, and eating before bedtime.
—   Create a calming, “wind down” phase and make it predictable
—   Limit video and audio input; instead read, meditate.
—   Be consistent.
—   Set up your bedroom for sleep success.
Feng Shui for good sleep:

Remember my article about the most important room in your home?  Your bedroom is responsible for the most important activity of the day:  sleep.    

1.   Eliminate clutter in your room, especially from under your bed.
2.   Remove or cover mirrors, remove vibrant art work or artwork with water in it.  Limit photos of people
3.   Remove electronics and Electro-magnetic affects.  Eliminate computers, TV, etc.  Place your clock and phone across the room.
4.    Monitor what you are feeding your brain before you go to bed.
5.   If your bedroom is above your kitchen or a garage, you could have sleep problems.  Use the ‘mirror’ cure:  place a round mirror under your bed (this will be easy because there is no other clutter there, right?) and face the reflective side down.  With your intention say, “good luck with that down there, I draw the boundary for myself.”
6.   Avoid bright colors, patterns and bright lights; use calm tones; warm rich “flesh” tones (light yellows, beige to pinks, browns and cocoas) for enhancing relationships, cool tones (light green or blue) for distance and separation increasing independence.


Have a Teenager?

My research was initiated by my desire to learn how to stay connected to my teenage sons.  


In his book  Staying Connected to Your Teenager   Michael Riera, Ph.D. states,
“given the current configuration of most school districts, teenagers are unintentionally set up to accumulate serious sleep debt, which in turn impinges on their moods, concentration, stress levels, and general ability to learn.”  A conservative estimate is that teens, on a weekly basis accrue a sleep debt of about 13-15 hours.  “Sleep experts agree that for every hour of sleep debt we accrue, we lose one point from our function IQ.”     
PS:  if you want to be available to connect with your teen, hang out in the kitchen after midnight–it’s when they are ready to blab away.  Be sure you are doing something, not just waiting to ambush.  Your best response:  ‘ah-huh, oohhhh,  hmmmm, really?”  It seems like a good book; I plan to review it for you soon. 



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