All the research that’s now available about “multi-tasking” fascinates me. Despite what some people believe, the human brain is simply not designed for multi-tasking and when we try to do it we end up doing lots of things half well.

If we’re trying to do two tasks at once, studies show that the brain will process them sequentially – so every time we interrupt our thinking process to do something else it takes 50 per cent longer to complete the task and we make 50 per cent more errors!

This explains why we shouldn’t talk on our mobiles when we’re driving for one thing. We might kid ourselves that we’re driving well but it’s just not true…

So, when you’ve got a lot of things to do, get a plan in place to do them one at a time – take control and get focused.