Many of us as leaders believe we're effective at "multitasking." The reality, however, is that our brains are just not physically wired to multitask. In reality what happens when we attempt to multitask is that our brain quickly shifts from task to task. This switching from task to task can lead to brain fatigue. It also reduces accuracy and productivity.
According to the Center for Brain Health attempting to multitask also causes the build up of the stress hormone cortisol. Over time the increase in cortisol can lead to:
- Decline in memory
- Increased brain cell death
- Decreased neuron activity
- Weakened immune system
- Poor cognitive functioning
- Greater brain atrophy
Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Myth of Multitasking
Posted by John Erdman at 8:30 AM