Macro Multitasking

Multitasking is bad for your brain…

An article by Larry Kim references MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller notes that our brains are “not wired to multitask well… when people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly.

And every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost.”

The cognitive cost is the time and energy it takes your brain to refocus on what you were working on before.

If multitasking on short term work is bad…

What about the effects of macro multitasking in achieving our daily or weekly or monthly goals?

Say you work all week without a drink… You feel good and are productive.

Then Thursday or Friday rolls around and you have a drink and the next day you need to recover.

Is even the occasional use of alcohol or drugs a smart tradeoff in terms of recovery time that will be lost as you seek to accomplish your life’s goals?

If our productivity takes a nosedive in the hours after losing control with alcohol or drugs…

What is the compound effect of this on our lives over time?