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.