Author of ‘Overwhelmed’ Says Multitasking Isn’t a Good Idea

stressHave you ever felt like you are having a productive day by juggling countless deadlines, only to feel at the end of the day like nothing got done?

Meet Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. According to her interview with The New York Post, she says a lot of people may be shocked to hear this, particularly women

“When we’re multitasking we tend to reward ourselves with, “Woo, look how much I’m doing!” But studies find that your brain literally cannot pay attention to two things at the same time with equal weight. You’re not giving either thing your full attention. So instead of doing one thing well, you’re doing two things poorly.”

Sometimes when you’re caught up in working crazy hours, you may not even notice you’re in the thick of it. For Schulte, that “A-ha!” moment came when she was reporting a story and a time researcher told her she had 30 hours of leisure a week. The author “just didn’t realize it.”

After writing about this for the Washington Post Magazine, she got hundreds of emails with “so much sadness and rage.” Working moms, dads, younger people were expressing their thoughts about not having enough time.

When people don’t have enough time and start feeling overwhelmed, it can literally start impacting your health. “Stress is literally the most toxic situation for your brain,” she says in the piece. The Yale Stress Center sent people through MRIs and scanned their brains. Their findings showed people who were experienced stressful events and perceived constant stress had 20 percent smaller gray-matter volume than people who were not stressed.