Excerpts below are from the NASW Lunchtime Series live webinar on habits of highly effective brains.
NASW members can download the on demand audio recording or read the transcript by visiting the Lunchtime Series page for details. CE credit is also available.
Q: Our modern reality is that we often have to do more than one thing at a time. How many activities can our brains handle at one time?
A: The answer is simple. Our brain can only do one thing well at any one time. And there’s been a lot of testing on this. We can only do one thing well in our prefrontal cortex at any one time. And the prefrontal cortex more or less is synonymous with consciousness. So we can only consciously do one thing well at any one
time. And other people will swear they can do two or three things well, the neuroscience research proves them wrong. So the answer is one thing.
Q: Okay. What do you do in those cases if a task requires many hours or days? Because elsewhere in the presentation, you said we should break up our day. How do we do that?
A: One of the things I do is, I develop and present all-day seminars. It takes many days, even weeks sometimes to develop a one-day seminar. So I’m familiar casino online with that. It’s still a good idea to vary the tasks within the project. So for example, since I brought up the example of developing an all-day seminar, well I may do research for an hour, researching the topic, and then I spend an hour entering that information into the PowerPoint slides on my notes. The other
thing canadian cialis that I do is, every hour I take a short break. It could be just for 2 or 3 minutes. Do a little bit of physical exercise; something like a yoga stretch … Some slow, deep breathing… And I do vary the tasks within the project as much as possible.