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Multitasking Isn't For Every Brain


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As soon as you walk through the door of your home, you hurriedly turn on your oven. While your oven is preheating, you throw a load of clothes into your washing machine, fix your kids a snack, and help them get started on their homework. While texting a friend 30 minutes later, you realize you never put your dinner into the oven. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. For most people, multitasking is a way of life. However, this beloved, American practice might not be best for your brain.

 Task Switching Can Be Exhausting

What most people refer to as multitasking is actually task switching. During this process, much of your attention is exhausted on the act of changing gears. Therefore, moving back and forth between numerous activities makes you less productive. In your efforts to save time, you may actually end up squandering it. To improve your efficiency, consider doing tasks in batches. For instance, pay all of your bills before checking your e-mails.

 Two Tasks May Be the Limit

Besides slowing you down, multitasking can increase your odds of making critical errors. A French research study suggests your brain can effectively handle two complicated tasks at any given time. Your brain consists of two separate lobes that can divide responsibilities between them. Unfortunately, when you add a third activity, your brain’s frontal vortex can become overwhelmed. When this occurs, your penchant for making mistakes increases.

 Avoid Distractions During Mealtime

If you’re struggling to lose weight, multitasking might be to blame. When you’re distracted during a meal, your brain may not fully process what you’re eating. Because you don’t feel full, you might consume more food during your meal than your body needs. You may also indulge in more snacks between mealtimes. Resist the urge to watch television, surf the internet, or talk on the phone while you’re eating. Instead, focus on your food and savor each bite. For more helpful, weight loss tips, consider scheduling a free, initial appointment with a consultant at a Metabolic Research Center in your neighborhood.

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