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One Thing at a Time, Please

The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. In part, that’s a simple consequence of splitting your attention, so that you’re partially engaged in multiple activities but rarely fully engaged in any one.

March 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Girl dies, was texting every 90 seconds at 80 mph

going more than 80 mph, slammed into a tanker truck that was slowly creeping up a hill at 15 mph. She was killed instantly

March 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

Essentials vs. Baggage

As you move along in life, you need focus to succeed and thrive. The notion of a packing list for your life’s journey could apply not only to your professional life, but to other parts of your life as well. Business thinker Brian Tolle outlines the essentials, reblogged below.

To stretch the metaphor—we’d ask you to think about the difference between your essentials and your unnecessary baggage? What do you really need and what can you leave behind? Let us know in comments!

February 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Focus Your Brain

We’ve been thinking a lot about the brain lately, and we’re not the only ones. Big Think blogger Megan Erickson interviewed Margaret Moore, founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital for the piece “Life’s Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt.”

February 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Overeating Reduces Memory, Focus

Older people who consumed more than 2,143 calories a day had more than double the risk of a type of memory loss called mild cognitive impairment compared to those who ate fewer than 1,500 calories a day, according to a study being released Sunday by the American Academy of Neurology on its website ( by Yonas Geda, lead author of the study and a neuropsychiatrist at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

February 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Your Better Brain — Exercise!

“Aerobic exercise improves ability to coordinate multiple things, long-term planning and your ability to stay on task for extended periods,” she said. Resistance training, which is much less studied than the aerobic side of things, “improves your ability to focus amid distracters.”

February 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Sesame Street kills Multitasking

As Mr. Hoots schools Ernie in this old Sesame street clip: “You gotta put down the duckie if you wants to play the saxophone.” You know it’s the truth…

February 8, 2012 · 1 Comment