Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: People ask how I have been able to write 13 books in two decades while earning a second doctorate and founding a seminary. Well, I’m not hyperactive. Rather the key is that I’ve learned that multitasking cuts your ability to finish a project. Research cited in the article below indicates that it may even lower your IQ because it keeps you from deeply thinking about the topic at hand. Check out this article and then turn off those mail notifications, resist the temptation to multitask and get one project done at a time. That’s what I do, and will continue to do.
Excerpt from Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long, by David Rock, (HarperBisiness):
“A study done at the University of London found that constant emailing and text-messaging reduces mental capability by an average of 10 points on an IQ test. It was five points for women, and fifteen points for men. This effect is similar to missing a night’s sleep. For men, it’s around three times more than the effect of smoking cannabis. While this fact might make an interesting dinner party topic, it’s really not that amusing that one of the most common “productivity tools” can make one as dumb as a stoner.”
and here in a truly horrifying study finding to share in a post.