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Multitasking: Are You One of the 2%?

Categories: College Life

As efficient as we think we are with the ability to check our emails on our smartphones, while highlighting the important information in biology textbook, while listening to a football game on TV, a recent infographic, The Perils of Multitasking, provided by onlinecollege.org indicates that very few people truly benefit from this type of work. It’s true: the skill our grade school teachers had tried to instill in us, actually has the potential to lower IQ scores by 10 points!

According to the infographic, multitasking allows for individuals to feel as if they are accomplishing a lot all at once, when in reality, they are only being distracted and delayed from completing any number of tasks in the high quality and time frame it would take to focus on one.

Multitasking as a Student

Students who try to do multiple things at once will find their overall understanding of material and quality of work to diminish, both in class and while studying. Out of all the students who bring their laptops to a lecture, 62% of the web sites they visit will be completely unrelated to class. It is estimated that on average, students will generate 65 different screen windows per lecture! Those who send texts and messages while doing homework are more likely to identify themselves as academically impaired.

Why This Matters: When students are unable to focus on one activity at a time, their production goes down as much as 40%. Instead of saving time, time is being wasted.

Multitasking as an Employee

Students aren’t the only ones trying to get ahead by doing multiple things at once! According to the infographic, those who use a computer at work will be distracted every 10.5 minutes! Of all employees who have a smartphone, 89% of them admit to having used them at work, even though nearly half of all employees believe they have too many things they are trying to do at once as it is!

Why This Matters: It is estimated that with all of the distractions and interruptions that happen over a given workday, employers are losing over two hours from their employees everyday! That adds up to over 546 hours, or 68 days over the course of one year!

Multitasking in Your Personal Life

Would you believe that 67% of those who own a smartphone will admit to checking their texts and emails or surfing the web while they are on a date? Nearly half of all smartphone owners would check their phones at the movies, and while watching TV at home.

Why This Matters: You may be thinking, why does it matter if I multitask at home when it’s my own time that I don’t have to be held accountable for? Take a date for instance. How well are you really listening, or getting to know a person when you’re on your phone? How well are you really relaxing and enjoying a movie if you’re taking the time to email someone?

 

The Perils of Multitasking

Source: OnlineCollege.org via Mashable.com

The Perils of Multitasking

The All-Nighter Survival Guide

Categories: College Life

The All-Nighter Survival Guide

Photo: dailytexanonline.com

Before you even arrived at college you may have heard tales from your friends or parents about “pulling an all-nighter”. What does this mean? It’s exactly what it sounds like. Staying up all night to finish school work! It’s not fun or easy, but chances are you’ll have to do it at some point during your college career. So, just like anything else at school, do it well!

Before

Evaluate. Is staying up all night absolutely worth it or  in any way unavoidable? If not, don’t do it. Get done what you can, get some rest, and wake up tomorrow ready to finish it.

Nap. If it is 3pm and you know you have to stay up all night to finish at paper due at 9am, take a nap at 3pm. An hour or two at most. This will give you a little boost. Also, sleep is more invigorating than caffeine. Save the caffeine for later.

During

Position. Don’t work on your bed or couch! Sit upright, on a chair, at your desk. Do it!

Work. Remove distractions. Work on the hardest portions of your assignment first, while your brain is fresher and clearer. When fatigue hits later in the night, you’ll thank yourself for having left the easier parts for last.

Get up. Move around! Work for 50 minutes then take a 10 minute stretch break. Get out of your chair and do jumping jacks or walk in a few circles. You might feel like a tiger in a cage at the zoo, but you’ll keep your body awake.

Water. Yes, you’ll probably be drinking coffee or Red Bull, but don’t forget the water! A glass of ice cold water every hour will keep you more energized than you think and will also prompt a few bathroom breaks here and there.

No sugar! Stay away from candy and super sugary treats. They’ll give you a spike of energy, but you will crash shortly after and you need stamina for an all-nighter. Stick to protein or veggies to give you sustained energy.

After

Keep your sleep schedule. Try to go back to your original sleep patterns the very next day! Your body will be confused at first, but force it to sleep again at the same time you always go to bed.

Work out. Engage in some sort of physical activity during the middle of the day after you pull your all-nighter. It will energize your mind and body.

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