Too often, we bite off more than we can chew. We reach deep down and tell ourselves, "I think I can! I think I can! I know I can! I know I can!" Sadly, nothing is farther from the truth. Biting off more than we can chew (taking on more than we can handle) is detrimental to us. We tell ourselves we are multitasking and that we are getting so much done. The truth is, multitasking can cause us to miss important things. A CNN report shows when we are multitasking we are actually not multitasking.
"You're not actually doing both activities at the same time, in fact, you're now diverting your attention from one part of your brain to another part of your brain. That takes time, that takes resources, that takes brain cells. What happens on the other side of the brain is that you're starting a brand new activity, so in fact you're probably slower and not nearly as good at doing both activities at the same time" (Gupta, 2015).
Not only do we miss important things when we bite off more than we can chew, it has adverse affects on our health. We introduce the silent killer called stress into our lives. Stress is the source of many health-related issues, particularly as it relates to the heart. Think about this the next time you say, "Yes" and add more to your plate than you can chew.
Wisdom moments with The Authority in Global Business Dynamics.