• Multi-Task Better

    Ever notice multi-tasking makes you feel drained, confused, and exhausted? Often, we multi-task in a way that mismatches our mind’s natural functioning. In this post, I explain 2 ways to multi-task better. Learn how to accomplish your goals with a clear mind!

    Video: Stop Multi-tasking Wrong

    Working Memory

    We do mental work in a space called working memory.

    Working memory uses units called “chunks.”

    Chunks

    A chunk is a piece of information that you deem to be one unit.

    Our working memory has the capacity to hold about 7 chunks (or a few more or less). Actually, the size of our working memory is called:

    The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two

    So we have 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 chunks to use at any given time. And that’s it.

    Memorizing Something

    Let’s say you’re trying to memorize an email address that someone just told you. You have your working memory available to hold that information. How will you organize the chunks?

    If the email address is freshphilosopher@gmail.com, you have some options:

    Each letter is a chunk:

    1. F
    2. R
    3. E
    4. S
    5. H
    6. P
    7. H

    Oh! That’s seven. No more room to memorize. Not the best method. What else can you do?

    Use larger units, such as words and symbols:

    • fresh
    • philosopher
    • @
    • gmail
    • .com

    There! The whole email address is memorized with only 5 chunks. That works great!

    You have infinite options. For example:

    • fresh
    • philosopher
    • @gmail.com

    How you chunk information up to you!

    Multi-Tasking with Chunks

    Multi-tasking takes place in working memory. (At least, the mental part does!) That means multi-tasking uses chunks.

    When you do one task, for example task A, you bring up all of the task A chunks into working memory.

    BUT if you’re multi-tasking, you’ll need to drop the chunks for task A and bring up the chunks for task B.

    The problem is, when we’re multi-tasking, we constantly drop chunks and bring up new chunks. Over and over again. We never fully finish using chunks before we drop them.

    This method means we spend a lot of time and mental effort simply moving chunks around, rather than completing work.

    Thus, multi-tasking can be a lot of mental effort with few results.

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    Start Multi-Tasking Right: 2 Methods

    So what to do? Start multi-tasking in a way that matches how your mind naturally works!

    Here are two methods I use and recommend:

    METHOD 1: FULLY TASKING

    Fully tasking is the opposite of multi-tasking. It means bringing up all of the chunks you need, using them at that time, completing your task, then dropping the chunks forever. For example:

    • Read email
    • Decide answer
    • Type answer
    • Hit send

    This has also been popularized as the “Touch It Once” method.

    Read about the Touch It Once method here.

    METHOD 2: MULTI-STACKING

    Multi-stacking means to weave many small tasks together by fully completing a small task from column A before fully completing a small task from column B. Then switching back to A. Like this:

    • Read and answer text 1
    • Water plant 1
    • Read and answer text 2
    • Water plant 2
    • Read and answer text 3
    • Water plant 3
    • Etc.

    Stop Multi-Tasking Wrong

    So there you have it! What multi-tasking is, how it works in the mind, how we often do it wrong, and two ways to do it better!

    For more, check out the YouTube video I made on the topic:

    Video: Stop Multi-tasking Wrong

    What do you think about Multi-Tasking?

    What do you think about my explanation of multi-tasking?

    Would you ever try multi-stacking? I need to know!

    –> Hop over to the comment section on this YouTube video, say hi, and let me know!! I can’t wait to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thanks for reading.

    Here’s to your success #multi-stacking

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
    Dr. Erienne Weine

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  • Live Outside Time

    The Time Illusion –

    Let’s talk about daylight savings time. This is the moment we collectively “choose” to treat time differently.

    But do you believe it?

    For me, daylight savings time takes a while to get used to.

    Why?

    I Don’t FEEL Different

    Because I don’t FEEL different. I don’t feel like it is one hour earlier. I feel the same.

    Yet simultaneously – I KNOW that I should feel different. I know that I should accept the new time.

    See.. the thing is… I don’t BELIEVE that time changes. Instead, I believe that I change. I think that daylight savings time happens because I choose to start treating time differently. And so does everybody else.

    In these moments, I realize something. I realize that “time” is just my experience of it. I remember that time is an agreement made between humans to get things done. And I’m accepting that agreement.

    But do I have to?

    Image of woman breaking the chains of the time illusionWhat is Time?

    Just what is time? Is time real? Is time an illusion?

    Even if it is an illusion, so what? What good does it do to crack the illusion of time?

    Well, I have a secret to share with you.

    Time Isn’t Real

    Time isn’t real.

    You are.

    You choose to live inside of time. And you can choose to step out of it!

    In this video, I show you how I break time.

    I explain what time is, share the benefits of living outside of time, and reveal my time-breaking tips and tricks!

    Enjoy

    Thanks for watching!

    So what do YOU think?

    Do you think time is an illusion? Will you try any of these techniques?

    Feel free to post a comment on this video and share your time traveling secrets with me. I’d love to hear how you live. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ? Much love,

    Erienne

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  • Why You Should Set the Bar Low

    Let’s face it. You’re expected to have ambitious goals. You’re expected to be the best. You’re not supposed to set the bar low.

    You know you should: Work out more… Make more money… Come up with an unattainable goal that is impossible to achieve. Okay, maybe not the last one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Point is, the pressure to succeed at things can lead me to set goals that are too high. Super high. So high I can’t imagine how I’ll ever accomplish them. And when I can’t imagine how I’ll accomplish something, it’s pretty hard to do it.

    Setting the bar high isn’t always the best method for progress. In fact, it can be the enemy.

    Extreme goals screw me over every time.

    You know what I’ve learned? High goals keep me from reaching any goal. Even if I make progress, I don’t feel satisfied. High goals perpetuate a sense of confusion about what I’m doing because I’m looking so far down the road, rather than where I am. And they generally keep me from celebrating things I’ve done. In short, they suck.

    So I have a new philosophy. Why not set the bar low? Real low. And see if I can’t get somewhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here is some valuable advice on how to set the bar low (in 3 parts):

    How to set the bar low: A dark pinterest imageSet the Bar Low Part 1: Wait until you’re at a low point to mark the beginning

    (so you can notice improvement quickly!)

    Oh, I love to cheat my sense of progress. It is an amazing life hack.

    Here’s my favorite way to do it.

    Let’s say I want to lose a bit of weight.* Shall I hold off collecting my “start” weight until I’ve gotten into a bit better shape? Hell no!

    Check that start weight at your worst moment! Right after you’ve eaten a huge meal, and haven’t worked out since forever.

    One week into the new fitness routine, re-weigh yourself first thing in the morning (before you eat or drink anything and right after you poop). Voila! Unbelievably fast results.

    Ah, It feels great… Maybe it is a bit artificial… Okay, maybe it is an absolutely horrible control condition! (Technically you’d want to weigh yourself under the same conditions each time.) But you know what? The progress makes me feel great.

    I did something! And more importantly, I didn’t screw myself over by making some progress, then saying, “this is square one.” Which it actually wouldn’t be. You know what? Go ahead and own your low point.

    Go ahead and own your low point.

    By gaining evidence that your efforts have resulted in change, you’re setting yourself up to pursue your goal some more.


    *I don’t advocate weighing yourself obsessively, even every day. Most of the time I don’t do it at all. But it is a good way to take occasional stock. It is not the only way to measure your health and this is just an example. 


    Set the Bar Low Part 2: How to do it wrong (a tutorial)

    Once upon a time, I decided, “This year I’m running a marathon!” Flash forward to nope. Setting a goal like that landed me right back on the couch where I came from. Here’s why. I decided I wanted to be a “runner,” But I really just wanted to get in better shape. So I set the lofty goal above. My thinking went a little bit like this:

    There are only X months left until the next marathon! I’ve got to train! This weekend I’ve got to run at least 5 miles. By next weekend 10! Better sign up for a half marathon first! Omg there’s one in 6 weeks! I going to do it!

    Flash forward to the next available Saturday morning. I’m all suited up in various running apparati. Shoes. Shorts. A fancy iphone arm holder. I need to run 5 miles. I stretch out. Walk out my door, and sprint like hell.

    Whoops! About 30 seconds in, I’m out of breath. I kept going. 5 mintues in I had a huge stitch in my side. 7 mins in I could barely breathe. And 10 mins in I collapsed. Yep. Right on the path, I just tripped and fell over. Then I stayed there. I didn’t move for about 20 minutes.

    I realized right then. I was not a runner. I had evidence.

    And so I didn’t try running again for about one year. Wow what a fitness achievement! So, what did I do wrong?

    • Set a hugely insane goal (when I didn’t know what I was doing)
    • I pushed myself too hard
    • I ended up in pain (a lot of pain)
    • I created evidence that my goal is unattainable
    • I bailed after just one attempt
    • Never tried again

    Very very genius, no? So what should you do instead?

    Set the Bar Low Part 3: Aim for the knock-off version of your goal

    Okay, let’s so you really DO want to run a marathon. Or double your income. Here’s what you’re going to do:

    1.Take your original goal and make it concrete.

    How far do you want to run by when? Let’s say 10 miles in 2 months.

    Exactly how much do you want to make by which date? Let’s say 40% more in 6 months.

    2. Chop that goal in half. Then chop it in half again. (Or double the time. Then double it again.)

    Your new goal is to run one-quarter of that distance in 4x the time. Now you’re running 2.5 miles in 8 months.

    Your new goal is to increase your income 10% in 2 years. (Ooh these seem a little more do-able!)

    3. Figure out how to get to your knock-off goal.

    Now you can do things like run around the neighborhood once a week. Then twice a week. Maybe after a while you actually measure the distance and increase it.

    Now you can talk to colleagues and see how much you can expect your earnings to increase. Does that already meet your knock-off goal? Okay, work a tiny bit smarter than that.

    So that’s why to set the bar low

    Set the bar low. Figure out what you’re doing. Give yourself room for failure. Give yourself TONS of room for failure. Go slow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It is better to move towards a mini goal multiple times, than to only move toward your big goal once. The reason for this is that you (likely) need to use a habit to reach your goal. You’ve got to train to run. Got to do well at work consistently to make more money.

    Give yourself the time and space to form a habit. Before you know it, you will hop over that low bar. Then, my friend, you can raise it.

    Sincerely,

    Erienne
    Dr. Erienne Weine


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