Many of us experience constant digital bombardment- the ping of emails, social media alerts or calendar reminders hum in the background of our workdays. To compensate for 'infobesity', the constant overload of information, many of us multi-task. However, multi-tasking is a myth. Research confirms that multitasking not only puts a dent in our productivity but it can also elevate our stress levels.
Neuroscience confirms that when we multitask we elevate our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone in the brain, we deplete our glucose supplies (energy) which leaves us feeling foggy and we also fail to send information to the memory centre of the brain (our hippocampus), so our recall of information is compromised.
We need to monotask, not multitask. We can do this by controlling our calendar and assigning single tasks to time blocks, disabling non-essential notifications (as these have been deliberately designed to trick our brain into thinking everything is urgent and important) and bundling only the essential alerts and notifications at convenient times of the day, so our focus isn't hijacked.