According to this infographic on digital stress and your brain, multi-tasking could be slowly killing you.
“Not me,” you say with full confidence, “I’m a great multi-tasker.” No, you’re not. We humans suck at multitasking, but we mistakenly think we’re quite good at it.
Take for example, the graphic called out in The Multitasking Lifestyle.
You will need to take a 5 DAY fast from email before your heart rate returns to normal.
Five days! How many of us even take a five hour break from email?
Ways to Take Action on This Information:
In addition to the “What Can Help?” section at the bottom of the infographic, consider these questions to help get in the right frame of mind:
1. What will really, truly happen if you don’t check email every 10 minutes?
2. What can you reasonably consume in the way of media? (Hint: the answer isn’t “as much as I want”.)
3. What would need to happen for me to put my devices away for X amount of time each day?
And the most important question:
What’s my health worth?