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10.28.2010

Tip of the Week: Divide and Conquer

10.28.2010
Depending on your schedule, these past and upcoming weeks may demand you to utilize your multitasking skills. Juggling your commitments, studies, papers, and social life can prove difficult for even the most organized student. While it may seem time efficient to accomplish two (or more) things at once, the product could suffer as a result.

Turns out, your brain's prefrontal cortex is designed to optimally do one thing at a time, according to Adam Gazzaley, M.D. of the University of California at San Francisco. This area of your brain processes information. If you throw too many things at it at once, it gets overloaded. This results in a lower quality of work. If you have a long list of things to do, prioritize them and focus on doing each thing individually with the most important or first due task at the top. Designate a time to focus on the specific task at hand and push out other distractions (people, electronics, Facebook). It may seem like you aren't accomplishing much, but in reality, you will be more focused and it will show in your work. Instead of rereading, editing, or going back in your notes, you may breeze through your work and realize your to-do list is done!

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