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The art of messing up several things at once.

Years ago I had been to a workshop. I had a very major carry away from it. Probably that is when I started superficially looking at my nature of work. Not just mine, but other females around. It was during that time that I had my hands on the book "Why men lie and women cry?" and I could actually relate to how women are hard-wired for multi-tasking and have great pride in boosting their multi-tasking abilities.  The picture of multi-tasking in the book conflicted with my major carry away from the workshop. But gradually I realized that multitasking is a myth. I wanted to pass this on to kids. 


On another day, it was my daughter's friend's birthday, there were around 5 kids at home. That was the right time. I wanted them to demo the learning from my workshop. Each of them was asked to pick a piece of paper. Then they were timed while they wrote A to Z followed by 1 to 26. Post that they were asked to turn in the sheet of paper, they were timed again. This time they were asked to write an Alphabet and then a number alternatively like A 1 B 2 C 3 D 4 E 5 ........ 


Very clearly, the first task took less time than the second one. When asked about the learnings from the activity each had a different answer. One said focus, other time management, and another lost in thoughts. Each was right in their own perspective. However, the idea behind the activity was to let the kids know that the brain is more productive when one task is done at a time. If we dig in, we know that the human brain is not designed to multi-task. At any point in time, a brain can only handle one work. Multi-tasking makes us FEEL being productive while single-tasking is ACTUALLY productive. :) 

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