Multitasking and Focusing Mistakes

Multitasking and Focusing Mistakes

We, the human race, are not built for this... While skimming the news this week, I read that humans are terrible multitaskers.  It turns out that trying to accomplish more than one thing at a time actually reduces your focus and productivity. And all this time I've been praising myself and others for over-committing our to-do lists and schedules in order to "get it all done".  I guess we've been doing a lot, but not very well! A perfect example of the multitasking myth...You can't get very far sucking your thumb and snuggling a blanket while riding your trike!  Can you really do it all? Research doesn't shine a promising light on the multitasking myth.  In fact, researchers are finding that our focus is decreased, actually divided between each task we do. For example, let's say my husband greets me as I arrive home and begins a  conversation.  At the very same time, my phone chimes to indicate an incoming email. While listening to my husband,...
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Fearlessly Facing Change in Life

Fearlessly Facing Change in Life

Sometimes change keeps me from moving forward. When I first began to exercise, I chose running, but I made sure to run early in the morning.  Switching from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active life was intimidating, and I was fearful that my running form was terrible.  I ran under the cover of the wee hours of the morning so the least amount of people in my neighborhood were witness to my struggle.  I soon realized that getting up this early forever was not realistic.  To really make this lifestyle change stick, I needed help. If it's not working, change it! I wore a Fitbit to track my progress, and whenever I checked my stats, I kept seeing the Fitbit Coach app as an option. It's an accompanying app that coaches all types of exercise, but most important to me is that it coaches during a run - like having a running partner to keep me motivated and focused on my form.  It was...
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Taco Bell

Taco Bell

Last weekend I found myself in a Taco Bell drive-thru, dirty, sweaty, and just plain hangry. I had spent the entire day working in the yard without taking time to eat properly, trying to finish up my to-do list before running my daughter to her sport practice. I was starving by the time The Bell caught my stomach’s attention. I pulled up to the speaker to order when my whole day turned around. The employee taking my order was HAPPY. Happy to speak with me, happy to take extra time to get the order correct, happy to be at work, exuding a sense of pride in himself that spilled over into my day. His happiness reminded me that whatever task is at hand, do it with joy. Cheers to spreading your joy!...
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