Diva Musings-Focus

The Queen is on sensory overload today.  No Focus anywhere.  I went searching to see what people have to say about Multi-Tasking….which I do daily, but have never been a fan of it. I’m more of the do one thing at a time and do it well.  It seems to me I’m more effective and efficient that way.  I even believe in stopping to smell the roses, and taking daydream breaks on occasion. Here is how one expert sees it…..I may like this guy….

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

The Truth About Multitasking: How Your Brain Processes Information

It’s the gospel of productivity in a maxed-out world: Multitasking helps you get more done faster. The only thing is, it doesn’t, says David Meyer, a cognitive scientist at the University of Michigan–where he serves as director of the Brain, Cognition and Action Laboratory–and one of the country’s leading experts on multitasking.

“When you perform multiple tasks that each require some of the same channels of processing, conflicts will arise between the tasks, and you’re going to have to pick and choose which task you’re going to focus on and devote a channel of processing to it,” he explains.

Meyer has been at the forefront of research for several decades on how the brain processes information and copes with multitasking. He has investigated the brain’s speed, accuracy and memory in information processing while working with psychologist David Kieras for the Office of Naval Research. A study Meyer co-wrote on the limitations of multitasking (“Executive Control of Cognitive Processes in Task Switching”) went viral in 2001, setting off the first awareness of the counterproductivity of simultaneous activities.

Meyer’s work has helped demonstrate that humans have distinct bandwidth challenges, which can make multitasking problematic. It turns out the brain’s ability to process information is limited in a variety of ways — from processing channels to limits on data volume, velocity and working memory — that confound true, simultaneous task actions.

Counter to common belief, you can’t do two cognitively complicated tasks at once, Meyer says. When you’re on the phone and writing an e-mail at the same time, you’re actually switching back and forth between them, since there’s only one mental and neural channel through which language flows. “If you have a complicated task, it requires all your attention, and if you’re trying to spread your attention over multiple tasks, it’s not going to work,” he says.

That’s heresy in a time-urgent world with the attention span of a macaque on crack. Meyer admits that multitasking is not only getting more prevalent, but it’s also “very often highly inefficient and can be dangerous to your health.” Even the most adept multitasker will “crash and burn” trying to resolve simultaneous conflicting demands, Meyer says. That means you could wind up sending the wrong e-mail; blow an account; have a “brownout,” in which too much access to the cerebral grid shuts down critical thinking; or worse, find yourself in a truly hazardous situation, such as driving while using a cell phone.

“When you’re driving, you have to use the language channel to talk, read signs, plan your next move. If you’re trying to have a cell phone conversation while you’re doing that, either the phone conversation will suffer or the driving,” Meyer says.

He points to the growing number of auto accidents caused by businesspeople sending work texts from behind the wheel. The conflicts triggered by incessant multitasking can set off chronic stress and slow you down, shredding productivity. In fact, trying to complete two or more tasks at once can take 50 percent more time or longer, depending on the complexity of the tasks, Meyer says.

The good news is that there is hope for the attention-span-challenged, in the form of self-regulation through better time management and scheduling. “If you’re disciplined enough, you can map out the usage of your time in a way that minimizes your exposure to interruptions,” Meyer explains.

Entrepreneurs are some of the most compulsive multitaskers–“macho master multitaskers,” as Meyer puts it — but he says you’d be wise to cool the scatterbrain jets and focus.

“If you want to be a creative entrepreneur, you ought to be setting aside large chunks of time where you just think,” he says. “Einstein was not multitasking when he was dreaming up the special and general theories of relativity.”

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224943 

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Diva Tastings-Summer Vegge Salad

DIP…SUMMER VEGETABLE DIP

1 Cup Zucchini Shredded and squeezed dry

1 Cup Colby Cheese Shredded (4 oz)

1 Cup Gruyere Shredded

1 Cup Mayonnaise

½ Cup Greek Yogurt

1 Cup Walnuts Chopped & Toasted

1 tsp. Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp Lemon Zest

½ tsp Kosher Salt

½ tsp Ground Black Pepper

4 Lg Green Onions Thinly Sliced

Assorted Vegetables and Bagel Chips

In a large bowl combine the first (11) ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with fresh vegetables such as cucumber stix, edamame, bell pepper slices, carrot stix etc. and Bagel Chips

Is It Just Me! Common Sense….

One of the many things I learned in Corporate America was you cannot train common sense.  I use to recruit professional associates right out of the top 10 college and universities.  Many could not even use a 10 key calculator.  More than a few had no common sense which was needed even at their beginning level of job skills.  It’s hard for a HR recruiter to recruit for common sense.  Good ole’ street sense.

I therefore was decided to start a program of recruitment in house of people with great potential but without college degrees. They had to be nominated by a regional VP, pass a basic standardized test and interview process.  We ended up having better retention, better employee loyalty and equal to or better results on productivity from that group than our top 10 University recruits.   Why?… because so many of these folks had come from backgrounds where common sense and/or street sense was the rule of the day.  They were so grateful that someone recognized and had faith in their skill, and gave them a leg up. The ole’ “Don’t judge a book by its cover”….affirmed once again.

I interviewed a CEO of one of the big four car companies once.  I asked him what he thought about a company trying that process.  He said..”You can send a fool to college and he is still a fool”!  This gave me confidence to try this process in the fortune 100 company I was working for at the time.  I still believe we should all give people a chance if they show any inclination toward curiosity, diligence and thinking outside the box.  It will improve the bottom line every time.

There is not much of that happening in our world today.  Open your eyes and heart and see what hidden gems you might discover out there.

Diva Tasting- Summer Menu Salad

SALAD TOMATO CUCUMBER WITH PEACH DRESSING

Serves 8

1 Cup Peach Dressing; recipe below

1 Lg English Cucumber Halved and Sliced ½ Strips

2 Lbs Multi-Colored Heirloom Grape Tomatoes Halved

¾ Cup Red Onion Halved and Sliced

½ Cup Basil Leaves Sliced (divided)

1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt ground

1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Place Peach Dressing (see recipe below) in a large bowl add salt and pepper. Add cucumber, tomatoes, onion and ¼ Cup of the fresh basil. Toss well and let stand 5 minutes.

PEACH DRESSING

3 Tbsp Tarragon Vinegar

1 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Thyme

1 tsp Sugar

1 Lg Very Ripe Peach Peeled and finely chopped (Appx ½ cup)

6 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Place all in a food processor except oil. Blend to desired consistency then slowly drizzle in Oil. If you do not have a food processor; whisk for about 3 minutes as you add oil. Let stand about 15 minutes for flavors to marry.

NOTE: You may use ½ cup of fresh chopped raspberries if you do not prefer peach.

Diva Musing-Gratitude

I stand in gratitude today as I do every day.  However, I have more verve today.  My son walked in to his home last night from his overseas deployment and surprised his family.  The joy in the picture I got of his oldest son giving him a welcome home hug was immeasurable.  The Universe is Divine in its capacity to give us good in these days of storm and turmoil.

What is giving you your verve today? Find it, revel in it, do a dance of joy…like nobody is watching.  Sing with joyful harmony with the music of the spheres.  Send it out to you multi-verse and let it come joyfully back tenfold.  You have nothing to loose but dullness and gloom…

Namaste,

The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting- Summer Menu Entree

CHICKEN CASSEROLE WITH BROCCOLI

375° Oven 1 Large Deep Roasting Pan (sprayed to coat) Serves 12

6 Cups Fresh Broccoli Florets

4 Cups Cremini Mushrooms Sliced

3 Tbsp Butter Melted

6 Cups Roasted Chicken Shredded

1 tsp Garlic Minced

3 Cans Water Chestnuts (drained)

1 Pkg Herb Dressing Cubes

Sauce:

1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

½ tsp Black Pepper Cracked

½ Cup Half n Half

3 Med Eggs Beaten

1 tsp Lemon Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1/8 tsp Nutmeg

2 Cups Gruyere Cheese Shredded (may use Colby if desired)

1 Cup Slivered Almonds for topping

For the Sauce ….Beat all ingredients (Except Cheese) together in a bowl and set aside until the top ingredients are done.

In a large skillet saute mushrooms and broccoli in butter until tender. Mix in Garlic.

In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients including broccoli and mushrooms, and gently fold in bread cubes and the sauce. Fold in the 2 cups of cheese top with slivered almonds. Bake for 30 Minutes until bubbly.

Note if you do not have a large roasting pan you may use (1) 9 X 13 in and (1) 8” Square pan sprayed to coat.

Diva Musings- Responsibility

The more I  listen in restaurants, grocery isles, super store checkout lines  and any public gathering I’ve noticed a growing lack of respect, compassion and responsibility for one’s own actions of the general public.  It seems most people choose to air their malignant narcissistic laundry while I’m trapped in some line or other.  You don’t hear how are you (with any real sincerity for an answer), or you look wonderful or compliments of genuine sincerity.  Is it any wonder our world is filled with very NON-Mayberry behaviors? If we want to snap our world back into a more loving, calmer aspect I think these words of the Dali Lama gives us a good model to aim at…..

“Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, respect for others, and responsibility for all your actions.” ~ Dalai Lama 

Quit boring the public with your ….”Lord knows I try” when the Lord and everyone else around your malignant  narcissistic ass knows you don’t try at all.  You shop for the next doctor to prescribe your next legal fix of the day,  you whine and complain to everyone about everything.  Sadly those of us who try to be compassionate know the story so well by now we could record it once and play it anywhere for any of you who whine and it is always the same tired old story.

Get a grip, get a job. If a job is not available start a company.  That’s what the Juicy Crones do.  We recognize that the Universe has blessed every human with gifts (in your case unused gifts) that can benefit the world and even your own whiny selves by building your Respect for self, respect for others, and responsibility for all your actions.” as the Dalai Lama recommends.  Be large and in charge of your destiny.  All of life is a choice.  If you are making bad ones “STOP”!  If you say you don’t know where to start…shut up and meditate….answers always come in the silence.  But for goodness sake give us all a break; get outside yourself, shut up, do something for others each day, and watch your world change to something amazing.

If you focus and take a few baby steps each day it will happen!

Namaste,  The Queen Cronista