What multitasking does to our brains – As I post this while having several browser tabs open, this article addresses a lot of thoughts that have been swirling around in my had lately. It’s probably due to multi-tasking that they haven’t emerged as concrete thoughts. The end of this article also provides ideas at how to diminish multi-tasking, and gives all the peace of mind, that no, music doesn’t count as multi-tasking. 🙂
“We all know this and have heard it hundreds of times. To work efficiently we have to single task. No multitasking.”
“To understand why we always fall into the habit of multitasking, when we know we shouldn’t, I found some very interesting studies. The answer is in fact quite simple:
“[People who multitask] are not being more productive — they just feel more emotionally satisfied from their work.””
How to Take Care of Introverts, Toddler Version – Though I haven’t yet posted it under my 2012 reading, in May I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. It’s an excellent, excellent book and resource, and on par with a book like Emotional Intelligence in providing a framework for understanding different people types around us. It would seem that much of the world is talking about introversion right now, and there have been little memes floating around the internet, including one called “How to Care for Introverts.” This article is based off that list, but applies it to nurturing little quiet ones, though much of this would be good advice for parenting any child.
“Lots of people expect small children to all be precocious, confident, and outgoing like Michelle Tanner from Full House or Olivia from the Cosby Show. I think I always thought Aias would be the same. For some reason or another, he’s simply not. When I introduce him to friends (or even family members) that haven’t spent any time with kids, they always seem really surprised that he’s so shy and unwilling to just run into their arms. At first I sort of felt like I was letting people down in public, because when they meet Aias he doesn’t just run up to them and give them a hug or want to be best friends with them.”
Of course, the list shared here will not always be possible, and part of parenting an introvert will involve teaching and instructing that child how to deal with the things that can’t be changed and how to be gracious to others even when they don’t respect you. (Additionally, like the book Quiet expounds, introversion and extroversion are not necessarily black-and-white personalities, nor must they exist within a person as a dichotomy. The book gives a helpful foundation for more thoroughly understanding this article.)