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KEY POINTS:

1. Multitasking is common practice in today's world, however it goes against how our brains work. 

2. When we think, problem solve, or create memories, the brain needs oxygen and nutrients to work. This “fuel” is provided by blood flow to whatever part of the brain is working on the specific task. 

3. If we try to multitask, we end up shifting the blood flow between locations and never giving the brain what it needs to get a single job done properly.

4. Make it a daily routine to carve out an hour each day to focus completely on your most important work.

As we discussed in the Mindfulness module, we live in the age of distraction. The problem is that distraction and multitasking go against how our brains work. 

A functional magnetic resonance imaging scan of the human brain. We can't activate all our brain at once, and the more effectively we can focus our attention, the more efficiently and powerfully our brains can work.

A functional magnetic resonance imaging scan of the human brain. We can't activate all our brain at once, and the more effectively we can focus our attention, the more efficiently and powerfully our brains can work.

Here’s why you can no more multitask than fly to the moon:

The nerves that make up the brain have very little stored energy. When we think, problem solve or create memories, the brain needs oxygen, glucose and nutrients to work. This “fuel” is provided by blood flow to whatever part of the brain is working on the specific task. But blood flow to the brain is limited and can only be delivered to a few small areas at once. If we activate different parts of our brain by trying to multitask, we end up shifting the blood flow between locations and never giving the brain what it needs to get a single job done properly.

Yet people try to multitask all time. And when I ask people to carve out an hour each day to focus completely on their most important work, they look back with panicked stares. But world-class performers in all disciplines make this a key part of their daily routines. And that’s how they stay in their Zones.

As mentioned earlier in the Program, leadership guru Robin Sharma recommends the 90/90 formula. For 90 days, spend 90 minutes on your passion project. If you do that I promise that you will see a massive change for the better in your life.

Today's POWER-UP: Read up on the daily routines of geniuses

Here are 3 amazing articles for you that dive deeper into the routines of geniuses and how to start your day for success:

Daily Routines of Geniuses

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

The Early Bird Gets the Worm