What's Really Happening In Your Brain When You Multitask

You probably think you have to multitask to accomplish everything on your to-do list and still have a few precious minutes to unwind at the end of the day. But research suggests you're probably not as good at doing things at once as you might think.

In fact, your brain can't consciously focus on more than one thing at a time, according to a new video created by Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

When you think you're multitasking, your brain is actually rapidly toggling between tasks, and because "each toggle depletes energy," multitasking can actually drain you, leading to fewer accomplishments rather than more.

Watch the video above for three tips about when to multitask and how to do it right.

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