In my last post I talked about the struggles that come when trying to multi-task and the common misconception of people multi-tasking. As I shared before, the brain is clearly capable of multi-tasking because it performs so many functions at one time subconsciously, but for people to consciously multi-task, it is a lot harder than you think.
Growing up I use to try and listen to music while I did my homework. My parents would always freak out saying how its impossible to do homework when you’re listening to music, but I would argue with them that the music helps me stay focused and helps me complete my homework.
Turns out they were right. The mind does amazing things and multiple tasks all at once, but it is all subconscious. The mind can not consciously focus on more than one thing at once. But we think we can and when we think we are multi-tasking, we’re really not. We are just bouncing between two ideas and we think we are doing it simultaneously. but really when you bounce back and forth between two ideas, both ideas start to blend or not make sense or can become construed. So don’t even try multi-tasking, you might think you’re fine and are good at it, when really you don’t realize you physically can’t do it at all.