MultiFailing. Jared Sandberg, who writes the "Cubicle Culture" column for the WSJ, had an excellent column yesterday entitled "Yes, Sell All My Stocks. No, the 3:15 from JFK. And Get Me Mr. Sister."
If you can find the article on OpinionJournal, you will find it worthwhile to read. It addresses a poor habit into which I have fallen at my desk, where the computer and the cell phone are right there with everything else. Sandberg quotes James C. Johnson, a research psychologist at NASA's Ames Research Center, who said, "Multitasking doesn't look to be one of the great strengths of human cognition. It's almost inevitable that each individual task will be slower and of lower quality."