People aren’t just cooking anymore – they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made.  At work, we take the conference call while writing the report while checking out social media while wondering if the kids are ok at nursery.

Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for – gasp – “mono-tasking.”  His charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help.  Enjoy this wonderful and amusing presentation on Ted.com.


Paolo says that only 2% of Humans Are SuperTaskers – people who can genuinely multitask.

For the rest of us, multitasking activates the brain’s rewards centre but degrades performance.  When you’re multitasking you feel alert and alive but accuracy and performance drops off.  Constant emailing and text messaging, for example, reduces IQ by 5 points if you are a woman or 15 points if you are a man.

So give your brain a treat, do just one thing for a bit and boost your performance.

You absolutely can be an energising and energised leader.  If you’d like to find out how to create an energised organisation, collaborate better and perform at your peak do talk to us about our Energising Leaders programme.

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