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Part II: Multi-Tasking > Concentrate

Chapter 11. Concentrate

Let’s say you have an important report to write by the end of the week, but every time you start to work on it, the phone rings, your e-mail alert pops up, and people keep coming in to your office. You know you need to focus, but you just cannot—there is too much going on.

No, you are not losing your mind. Experts say that memory loss (a normal brain function, by the way) increases when your mind is overloaded with information. This is especially true if you are trying to force it to switch between dissimilar tasks—one proactive, such as writing, and the other reactive, such as answering the phone or responding to a co-worker’s question.


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