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Why We Should All Stop Trying To Multitask Right Now

04/06/2015 05:28 pm ET | Updated Apr 07, 2015

People of all attention-span lengths understand how easily a text message, phone call or email notification can distract them from an important task. No one is fully capable of addressing them while staying focused on their current project -- at least not successfully. Yet, for some reason, many of us attempt it anyway.

Janice Marturano from the Institute for Mindful Leadership joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to explain how the brain is physically incapable of multitasking and why it's not worth trying to juggle several tasks simultaneously.

"What we understand from our study of the brain at this point is that we cannot multitask -- we're simply not capable of doing it," said Marturano. "What we do is we flip back and forth very quickly... There's a huge productivity loss, because when I move from this iPad to this tweet to this email to this project I'm studying, I can't pick it up where I left it off. I have to take a few steps back and ramp back into it, and that's a huge productivity loss."

Watch the full HuffPost Live clip above to hear more about how the brain is incapable of multitasking.

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