Research shows we spend about 47% of our time about what is NOT going on in the moment. Combine that fact with other key research study showing: Multitasking is a myth and all we are really able to do is Switchtask: switch between tasks. Participants who completed tasks in parallel took up to 30% longer and made twice as many errors as those who completed the same tasks in sequence.
So now that we know that, it’s just a matter of putting the knowledge to practice to unlock the full potential of the mind and reach peak performance, right?
Wrong. A little like recovering addicts, employees and executives alike must work hard each day to lead themselves: navigate information overload successfully, find time to focus, set short term and especially long term priorities and let go of work when at home.
Worse still: evidence is emerging that multitasking releases both extra stress hormones AND a “dopamine squirt”: the neural effects follow the same pathways used by addictive drugs.
Who hasn’t struggled against the urge to check the smart phone when it vibrates, even when in the middle of doing something else?
In addition, subjects asked to multitask showed higher levels of stress hormones. In the long term, showing changes in the wiring of brain similar to the effects of chronic stress: the amygdala (the internal alarm system) grows larger and rest & recovery systems shrink.
What all this means In a nutshell is: humans may be wired towards addiction to multitasking even if it deteriorates the brain much like chronic stress does. Inclining people towards staying alert and on edge over resting and recovering.
The good news is that Attention Training can reverse these negative effects and helps ‘kick the action addiction’. Unlocking potential of that extra 53% of the wandering, multitasking stressed out mind to find space to lead yourself and achieve Peak Performance.
Find out more on the neuroscience behind Attention Training: download Mindfulbizz Whitepaper here.
To read more about the research behind action addiction, read McKinseys full article HERE.
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