You read 175 newspapers each day!
As I read Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin, I realize that we are dealing with a whole new level of stuff as well as bits and bytes coming at us. Each of us processes the equivalent of 175 newspapers each day in information!! Holy jumpins Batman!! Every status update, tweet, text message or e-mail, etc. competes for resources in your brain just like all of my stuff competes for space in my home office!!
One person at a time, please!
What is the cost of having to process and filter all of this information?? We have trouble separating the crap from the things that matter and all that information processing makes us exhausted!! We can ONLY pay attention to about 120 bits of information per second no matter how sexy those bits are! This means we can barely understand two people talking to us at the same time.
Multi-tasking is a diabolical illusion!
Our poor brains evolved to deal with life in the hunter-gatherer era of our history and so can only focus on one thing at a time!! I know you believe you can multi task especially if you are a woman. That's because you have been doing it all your life; breastfeeding while mowing the lawn, applying a full face of makeup while driving gear shift and yelling at the kids in the back seat. :-) Truth be known, our attention is a limited capacity resource no matter who you are! Sorry my Amazon warrior sisters, multi- tasking is a diabolical illusion and drops your I.Q. significantly!
We do not multi-task! We attentional switch - quickly moving back and forth between objects. If you are paying attention to one thing, it means you CANNOT pay attention to something else. But the reason we love the idea of getting lots done is that multi-tasking not only produces stress hormones and scrambled thinking, it also creates a dopamine addiction feedback loop that rewards your brain for going after any new shiny object, email, tweet, status update, etc.
If you are still convinced of your special multi-tasking powers, YouTube the famous experiment called basketball demo. Here's the link! It makes a great party trick as well!
Successful people focus on their passions!!
So what does all of this have to do with success and fulfilling your potential, which is what I am all about? Successful people are expert at categorizing the useful versus the distracting empty calories, quick fix tripe. Successful people focus on their Business and Core Passions; the things that matter most. They filter out anything that will distract them from their top 5 Passions. This kind of focus strengthens your brain (and your abs! just kidding) and gives you clarity and energy galore! Imagine where you would be if you had that kind of single-minded focus!
Attend my 'Business Bliss Breakthrough Program' or work with me one on one to discover your top five business passions as well as your top five core passions. Learning what your passions are will provide you with relief, which will turn into success because you now have a clear focus!
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I love what I do! Facilitating workshops, retreats, speaking, working with people and organizations to help them live lives of passion and engage in meaningful work makes me want to sing and dance.
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