Mindfulness, Multitasking, and You

Prof Case Manag. Mar-Apr 2016;21(2):61-2. doi: 10.1097/NCM.0000000000000141.


The ability to multitask has been typically worn like a badge of honor for all case managers. Mindfulness, on the contrary, is the new kid on the block and is proving to increase resilience and decrease stress. Research shows that multitasking lowers IQ, shrinks the gray matter, and lowers productivity by 40%. Conversely, mindfulness increases gray matter and improves regions involved with learning and memory processes, modulation of emotional control, and the process of awareness. The research leaves more questions than answers but may be a key to engaged, focused, and less-stressed staff.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Case Management*
  • Efficiency
  • Humans
  • Mindfulness*