How to Save Yourself from ‘Task Paralysis’
Why is it that when you have the most to do you feel the least able to act? This sense of helplessness — also called “overwhelm freeze” — always seems to set in when you
The High Price of Multitasking
Not only do smartphones provide unprecedented access to information, they provide unprecedented opportunities to multitask. Any activity can be accompanied by music, selfies or social media updates. Of course, some people pick poor times to
Are you paying attention?
Earlier this summer, our team had the opportunity to join the Association for Psychological Science’s annual conference in San Francisco. And while we were there, we got to talk to a few psychologists about the
Hide Your Phone When You’re Trying to Work. Seriously.
As I type this, my iPhone is tucked away inside my desk drawer under lock and key. It’s been there all day, completely out of sight. I’m slightly anxious about the notifications I might be
How to Trick Yourself into Improving Your Performance
You’ve probably heard by now that trying to multitask is a terrible idea. One main reason is that our neural wiring does not allow us to split our attention: when we try to attend to
The Illusion of Multitasking Boosts Performance
A series of experiments suggests that merely believing that we’re multitasking may boost our performance by making us more engaged in the tasks at hand.