The multitasking mania is accompanied by guilt and the fear that we are really inadequate. We're not getting enough done. We're always tired. We let people down at work and at home and we make mistakes. This drops us into Cognitive Distortions, a terrifying example of how we build mental models to make excuses and diversions to hide behind. Here's a list from author Dr. David Burns. See if you recognize yourself in any of these degrading speech patterns:
It's one thing to say these negative words to others, but internally, we are meaner to ourselves than anyone else. Both can be illustrated while playing sports, most notably golf. Not only do we curse and degrade ourselves so others can hear, we also build more negative emotions and thoughts in our own brains. I can clearly see how my negative self-talk destroys my body's ability to hit the little white ball. If you have some type of personal performance that is important to you, you have experienced the same thing.
My mitigation, thanks to some coaching and training by Tim Gallwey, author of the Inner Game series of books, is to get my brain thinking about something else, something positive and uplifting that almost removes me from the situation. When I can shut off my negative self-talk, my body can figure out the movements. Tim will tell you that your body really doesn't need your thoughts to do well - it already knows how.
In golf, I've learned how to reset, mentally and physically. Sometimes at work, when I realize that I am working like a manic fool at my email, I repeat my personal mission statement "I ignite, affirm and sustain learning in self and others". When I'm aware enough to pause and recite, I can bring myself back to a realistic perspective and reduce Cognitive Dissonance.