Although nowadays we work fewer hours per week compared to the past and the paid holiday leave has increased, studies* (such as the one made by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) are not very optimistic about our happiness. For example, workers had a 48-hour week on average in 1952 and their happiness levels were higher than the corporatists’ of 2017 who work an average of 40 hours a week.
So why aren’t things changing for us?
One explanation could be the fact that we never shut off the noise – we are permanently connected and multitasking. When we attempt to do two things at a time, not only do we slow down and increase the number of mistakes we make, but also we temporarily change the way our brain works.
Scientists at the INSERM medical Institute in Paris have discovered that when we focus on something, the prefrontal cortex activates, involving both hemispheres in order to complete the task. But when we try to do 2 things at once (let’s say working on something and telling our best friend which wedding dress we like best on Facebook), our hemispheres split between the two tasks. The left side takes the task, while the right one offers wedding advice.
This slows down both processes and also lowers the quality of our responses when compared to doing the same things one at a time. And while switching between the two tasks is manageable by our brain, tackling 3 tasks at once, for example listening to your playlist on YouTube while doing all that, becomes virtually impossible, since we only have 2 frontal lobes.
So multitasking is the reason why we have so little free time for ourselves or for the things we love?
Multitasking is not the only culprit for our diminished free time, but it’s a big part of it since at the end of the day it all comes down to productivity. When we are counter-productive in doing something, it takes us much more time to complete a task than it should. And we know that since any person has the breakthroughs of getting everything done in a record time. Those are the times you feel on top of the world and so the days when you procrastinate make you feel guilty and bad about yourself.
Actually the more you procrastinate and delay something that needs to be done the more you will do it. It’s like passionate gambling, it just piles up and one thing leads to another.
We all are procrastinators at one time or another. If you want to understand what happens into the mind of a professional procrastinator, you can watch this amazing Ted talk, one of my favorites.
Time is on our side if we want to
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