Multi-tasking worse than marijuana intoxication

Found via LifeHacker: The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s college London, according to Discover Magazine, found that people constantly interrupted by e-mails and instant messages did worse in a controlled test than those intoxicated by marijuana. The author said: “The IQ loss also turns out to be temporary. Remove the multitasking requirement, and test scores jump back to normal.” The advice: “The trick is separating periods when you need to focus diligently from periods when you’re happy to be following multiple threads-the difference between old-fashioned paying attention and what multimedia pioneer Linda Stone calls “continuous partial attention.”

Planning a lifehack: quitting cigarettes

Every year doctors would ask me during our company’s physical exam sked whether I smoked. I’d say yes and the doctor would then ask how many sticks I smoked everyday and then I’d say 20 sticks or one pack. Last week, the doctor actually told me “gusto kang malata imong lungs?” (do you want your lungs to rot? or something.) I was so shocked by the mental image that I just had to take a puff in the canteen. Every year I’d say I’ll quit smoking when I reach 30. That self-imposed target and convenient excuse is just months away. Darn, I really need to quit smoking. First target: limit cigarette breaks from the newsroom by sucking lollipops or chewing bubble gum.