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Reason No. 101 not to multitask

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Do you multitask while checking your BlackBerry? According to Ryan Hamilton, an assis­tant pro­fessor of marketing at Emory Uni­ver­sity, you may have a more difficult time controlling your temper or staying on a diet.

A new study finds that frequently switching your mindset weakens your self-control. So whether you’re trying to resist chocolate or work through a challenging situation, you may give up more easily.

Kathleen Vohs, co-author of the study, says it explains why “people who approach tasks with a persistent way of oper­ating … may actually be really smart, because they are conserving their mental energy to do the tough stuff.”

Consider it one more reason not to multitask.

— Adapted from “Shifting focus a lot at work could wreck your diet,” Nanci Hellmich, USA Today.

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