Mindfulness Enhances Multi-Tasking at the Office – Why Not at Home?

B Mindful. Especially if you have to walk and breathe at the same time... and especially if you have children.

I often talk about the value of mindfulness for parents to track their own emotional states. An emotionally drained, angry or reactive parent will only serve to strengthen the negative feedback loops unless they can mindfully regulate themselves so they can step back, Breathe, and practice the 3 R's (Reflect, Relate, Regulate).

Mindfulness: Paying attention on purpose non-judgmentally to the present moment - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Here's some of the latest research in the effectiveness of Mindfulness/Meditation regarding Multi-Tasking at work. Hey, aren't mom's pretty much always multi-tasking?

ScienceDaily (June 14, 2012) — Need to do some serious multitasking? Some training in meditation beforehand could make the work smoother and less stressful, new research from the University of Washington shows.Science

Work by UW Information School professors David Levy and Jacob Wobbrock suggests that meditation training can help people working with information stay on tasks longer with fewer distractions and also improves memory and reduces stress.

Their paper was published in the May edition of Proceedings of Graphics Interface.

Levy, a computer scientist, and Wobbrock, a researcher in human-computer interaction, conducted the study together with Information School doctoral candidate Marilyn Ostergren and Alfred Kaszniak, a neuropsychologist at the University of Arizona.

"To our knowledge, this is the first study to explore how meditation might affect multitasking in a realistic work setting," Levy said. Read Full Article click here.

Always Choose Love - and Always B Mindful. -- B


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