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Your Brain and Multitasking

February 26, 2013

Daily ReadYour Brain and Multitasking

When you run a small business or startup, everything and everyone demands your attention. Constant distractions are part of the job, but they interrupt your focus. By learning how to multitask effectively amid all those distractions, you can stay on top of your work and increase your productivity. But, the human brain can’t really multitask the way we think of multitasking. Our brain can only think and focus on one task at a time that uses the same brain function. In other words, you cannot talk, read and text at the same time. Your brain jogs back and forth between tasks and ultimately you make mistakes or miss important details.  So what are you to do when you have 15 hours of work to squeeze in an 8 hour day? Try these tips:

  1. Work on related tasks together.  The more similar they are, the easier it will be for you to move fluidly between them.
  2. Keep your to-do list visible.  Post your to do list in a prominent spot and rank it by priority. Color code or bold the most important tasks and make sure you set aside enough time to address them.
  3. Use downtime to review new information. One of the dangers of multitasking is that it gets in the way of your memory. When you try to recall what you read while multitasking you’re more likely to draw a blank. If you have to skim an important document during a busy workday, take time to review it later that day.

Read entire article at: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225865#

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