Death by Multitasking

Kimberly DuVall-Early of James Madison University was recently ranked as the top professor in the nation according to  This article highlights some advice the psychology professor gives her students on relieving stress and enjoying the times.

At the front of a steep lecture hall, beneath two broad projection screens, Kimberly DuVall-Early was teaching 100 tightly wound college students how to chill out.

“We think, in our society, that we’re supposed to do two or three things at a time,” she said. “If you’re washing the dishes, just wash the dishes, and focus on that. Go on the quad and just watch the squirrels. It’s relaxing.”

(DuVall-Early echoes similar time management advice from The Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss.)

And here’s a subtle but important point in the story:

A few [students] come with serious problems. DuVall-Early walks them over to the campus counseling center.

Human relationships are highly complex and often beyond the understanding of just one person.  When problems come up in your chapter–or your life–don’t hesitate to use the resources your tuition is paying for.  It’s OK to not have the answer to everything.

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