Links to Think: 07.09.12

July 9, 2012

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.)


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  • Chelo July 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I have that first article on my “links I found interesting” draft. And am trying to follow the suggestion of having only one tab open when working online. Keyword is “trying” 🙂

    • Keren July 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

      😉 Yep, same here. I think a hard-and-fast “only one tab open” is an oversimplification. And, when doing research, I sometimes need to compare things. (But that’s why I have a second monitor.) But I also do the “bad,” multitasking form of too may tabs, which I’m also “trying” to work on.

  • Johanna July 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    The introversion one is interesting to me. I have been planning on reading the book Quiet for some time now so I can’t wait to get to that.

    One thing we have found in our neighborhood is that being with kids too much was stressful on our oldest especially. Where we live is very communal and honestly that has been the hardest part about our living situation. Trying to find the balance of teaching him to cope in whatever situation, but also realizing that this is really totally opposite of his personality is tricky.

    • Keren July 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Johanna, Quiet is another book that I thought of you as I read (not assuming any particular personalities in your family, just thought you’d find it interesting). 🙂

      My girls are somewhat the same way, though one of them is clearly more introverted than the other, and is both introverted and shy. (The one that leads toward the extroverted end of the spectrum likes being talkative around adults, though.) I had a similar makeup as a child (still do, just not as shy anymore), and so bring what I remember feeling as a child and being treated into how we help our children develop into who God created them to be.

      I am sure there are a lot of areas you must seek to find balance in in such a living situations, though I know there is also a huge benefit to living more communally!