OUCH! I’m a Lousy Multi-Tasker

judy's journal

judy’s journal

I‘ve always multi-tasked.  If  I don’t have at least 2-3 things going on at the same time I’m downright slovenly and/or unproductive.  Somewhere in my ADD brain I think I’m getting so much more accomplished.  Besides it’s boooooorrrrrring to do one thing at a time – right?


Even researchers thought high multitaskers were going to be stars with at least one ability:

  • Filtering input and get rid of irrelevancy.
  •  Switching from one task to another.
  • Keeping memory neatly organized.

However,  in the words of Clifford Nash, one of the researchers:

“We were absolutely shocked . . . It turns out multitaskers are terrible at every aspect of multitasking. They’re terrible at ignoring irrelevant information; they’re terrible at keeping information in their head nicely and neatly organized; and they’re terrible at switching from one task to another.”DSCN3901


” . . . They get distracted constantly. Multitaskers are very disorganized in keeping their memory going so that we think of them as filing cabinets in the brain where papers are flying everywhere and disorganized, much like my office.” (And mine.)


“. … And the truth is, virtually all multitaskers think they are brilliant at multitasking. And one of the big new items here, and one of the big discoveries is, you know what? You’re really lousy at it. And even though I’m at the university and tell my students this, they say: “Oh, yeah, yeah. But not me! I can handle it. I can manage all these,” which is, of course, a normal human impulse. So it’s DSCN3903actually very scary. …


So Ryan Dambach’s post Developing-Present-Moment-Awareness came just at the right time.  As a matter of fact I’m reading it as I type.  I recommend you read it too.  

Click here to read the complete interview of  Clifford Nass,  professor at Stanford University and the founder and director of the Communication between Humans and Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab.DSCN3902

Here’s another interesting article: Multitasking Splits the Brain  OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!DSCN3899

9 thoughts on “OUCH! I’m a Lousy Multi-Tasker

  1. Hi Judy, Unfortunately, I had heard about this before but if my memory is correct (no promises here), doing a manual task like washing the dishes while also listening to the radio may be an exception to the multi-task reality rule stated by Clifford Nass. Meanwhile, I am absolutely mesmerized by the artwork you inserted above… is this your work or ? It is wonderful collage, just wonderful!:-) Hugs, Jan


    • Jan,
      Yes, that is from my own journal. Much of the artwork on this blog is mine. Thank you for the liking the collage so much — coming from YOU that’s a cherished compliment.
      The collage journal pages are examples of the “Process Journaling” I teach in many of my workshops. I love it because it is truly a “process” without regard to “product”. It is intuitive, spontaneous and it always uncovers unconscious issues, motivations, blocks etc. (Along the way participants have created some incredibly wonderful works of art. I also teach the participants how to begin to “read” their journal pages.


  2. Never was a multi-tasker, I was one of those annoying, kiss ass students that if I got an assignment to write a paper due on Monday I would get it done Friday night. ALL of it and then have fun. My room mate would be pecking at keys (typewriter) until the wee hours of Monday morning. My husband procrastinates and never finishes anything. He does have ADHD but he also has a pile of things on his “TO DO” list. It’s very long. He will start something and then forget what he’s doing. With Fibro Fog I have done the same exact thing. We don’t get a lot accomplished around here……Much love, Peachy Keen, Jr.


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