What if You Have to Multitask?

How often do you find yourself multitasking ? What you are really doing most of the time is task switching and once you better understand what is happening, the more effective you might be in your daily routines.

Did you realize that one of the keys to remembering is paying attention for 5-10 seconds?  Constant distractions are not your friend so shifting attention one or even more times while trying to do something is not the best choice. Hardly a week goes by without some research pointing out the impact of multitasking on your stress level, accuracy, safety and time efficiency.

There are many techniques you can incorporate into your daily routine when presented with a lot to do and frequent distractions. Awareness is the first step to maximizing your capabilities when circumstances come up that seem unavoidable.

Something to think about is how you would rate yourself in the area of etiquette when it comes to using your electronic devices in the presence of others.  What message do you want to convey by your choices? Families wish their children and grandchildren would put them away and spend quality time when they are together. There are announcements in entertainment venues reminding the audience to turn them off and yet sometimes those notices are ignored. What matters the most to you? With increased awareness, different choices might be made.

Looking at the bigger picture when you make choices about multitasking, consider what is necessary and what is not and what has become just a habit. Finding the balance, doing what needs to be done and actually being in the present moment enhances not only your memory but the quality of your life.

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”  Bill Watterson

RESOURCES:
“Memory Matters” for ALL Ages – Cable TV show and corresponding blogs
Additional blogs on memory fitness for successful aging

Information on Kathryn’s products and links to sample pages.   
Kathryn is available for private consultations as well as
educational and training programs. 

About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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