1. Don’t: Multitask
If you think you’ve mastered the art of cleaning out your inbox and texting to make Monday Night Football plans—all while catching the company’s quarterly update via teleconference, think again. Multitasking doesn’t mean doing two things at the same time—you’re actually quickly alternating back and forth between two tasks, like juggling, says Glenn R. Finney, M.D., F.F.S.N., Division Chief of Behavioral Neurology and co-director of both the Memory Cognitive Disorders Program and Center for Neuropsychological Studies at the University of Florida. To keep your brain sharp, minimize distractions and allow yourself to focus on one task—which actually saves time in the long run.
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