There is one very common behavior that significantly zaps brain function. As incredible as the human brain is - and as you are - chances are, you're either doing it now or will be in the next few minutes.
Stop for a moment and think about all of the things your brain is processing right now. Chances are that the television or music may be playing in the background. Maybe you notice an email notification pop up, receive a call or a text, or chat with someone in the room as you work on that project you need to finish.
If this is the case, perhaps you’d like to believe that you’re an amazing multitasker. Maybe you think you’re being super productive doing several things at once. However, a number of research studies have demonstrated that constantly bouncing from task to task not only takes a toll on productivity, but it can also impair cognitive ability.
When we interrupt one thought pattern for another one, it creates stress which generates cortisol. This increase in cortisol makes it harder for the prefrontal cortex – the rational, thinking brain that weighs actions against consequences – to do it’s job effectively.
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