The Shema tells us,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”(a)
Soul refers to our capacity to think, feel, imagine and make decisions.
We love the Lord our God…with all our soul by aligning the functions of our soul to the will of God as revealed in His Word— by exercising the capacity of our soul in ways that demonstrate the character of God, in whose image we are created.
We also demonstrate that we love the Lord our God…with all our soul by taking good care of and nurturing our mind and our brain. The brain is the physical and the mind is the non-physical part of us that execute the function of our soul.
In a recent article, Mayo Oshin identifies nine ways that multitasking is killing our brain and diminishing our productivity.
Research is discovering that multitasking is not all that it’s cracked up to be.
In the context of the Shema, multitasking interferes with loving the Lord with all our soul.
We are unable to give full 100% attention to the focused observation and sound critical thinking required to make the best decision in the given situation.
Here are Oshin's 9 serious, brain-threatening “side effects” of multitasking.
(Take the time to read this fascinating and informative article.)
1. Multitasking can lead to permanent brain damage.
One leading researcher suggests that multitasking, especially using media devices, could permanently alter brain structure after a long period of usage.
2. Multitasking reduces efficiency and mental performance.
A study conducted in the University of California discovered that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to refocus on a task after an interruption.
3. Multitasking reduces focus and concentration.
Neuroscientist and New York bestselling author, Daniel Levitin, says that each time we multitask—by browsing the internet, scrolling on social media feeds, checking emails and so on—we train our brains to lose focus and get distracted.
4. Multitasking could make you dumber.
A study conducted by the University of London, found that participants who multitasked, experienced drops in IQ points, down to the average level of an 8-year old child.
5. Multitasking creates stress and anxiety.
Once we’re stressed and mentally fatigued, anxiety builds up. But, not all multitasking activities are equally stressful. By far one of the main stressors is email inbox.
6. Multitasking kills creativity.
Neuroscientist, Earl Miller, says, “Innovative thinking comes from extended concentration…When you try to multitask, you typically don’t get far enough down any road to stumble upon something original because you’re constantly switching and backtracking.”
7. Multitasking could reduce emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence expert, Travis Bradberry finds that the two key components of emotional intelligence, self and social awareness, diminish significantly due to multitasking.
8. Multitasking causes overwhelm and burnout.
Daniel Levitin says multitasking is taxing on the brain and drains precious energy. “Multitasking causes the brain to burn through fuel so quickly that we feel exhausted and disoriented after even a short time. We’ve literally depleted the nutrients in our brain.”
9. Multitasking leads to stupid decisions.
Multitasking also leads to impulsive behaviour and bad decisions. “One of the first things we lose is impulse control,” writes Daniel Levitin. As a result, it becomes much harder to delay gratification and exercise the level of self-control required to achieve our goals.
Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single (focused on one thing), your whole body shall be full of light.”(b)
(a) Deuteronomy 6:5 (b) Matthew 6:22