Little Wisdom

Multitasking Can Worsen Your Memory?

September 22, 2021 Shubh Season 1 Episode 9
Little Wisdom
Multitasking Can Worsen Your Memory?
Show Notes

Why is multi-tasking bad for your memory, cognitive functioning and sometimes downright dangerous? Listen and find out, along with 3 ways you can minimise this habit to be more productive but more importantly, to have peace of mind. Also featured are some shout-outs to the Little Wisdom podcast community!  

Key Takeaways:

  • Guinness Record Holder and Global Keynote Speaker, Nishant Kasibhatla’s advice to boost memory and brain power
  • The origins of the word “multitasking” - it was not coined for humans! (surprise!)
  • Why some multitasking is actually alright 
  • The Stanford Memory Lab study on the negative cognitive effects of multi-tasking and other down-sides from other studies
    • Worsened memory
    • Increased distraction 
    • Forgetfulness
    • Inability to retain accurate information 
    • Increased mistakes 
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  • Little Wisdom community responses on multitasking from our Instagram 
  • Jack Ma’s tip on one-pointed focus
  • 3 tips to minimise multi-tasking in your daily life
    • Further your phone 
    • Pomodoro technique
    • Can this wait? 

Quotes of Wisdom:

  • The Stanford study found that those who multitaksed heavily, significantly underperformed on tasks that required memory and sustained attention, as compared to light multitaskers.”
  • “If there are nine rabbits on the ground and you want to catch one, just focus on one.” 
  • “The more the number of actions and steps required to get distracted, the less motivated you are to switch tasks.”

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