Multi-tasking has become a well-recognized attribute in the workforce and the new norm\u2014almost to the point where we now brag about our ability to juggle two or more things at once. Many job ads now ask for the standard prerequisite: \u201cEfficient multi-tasker\u2014able to juggle multiple projects and priorities under short deadlines\u201d. Yet the relentless, almost contagious need to juggle more than one thing at a time can drain an employee\u2019s time, energy and can lead to further frustration and stress in the workplace, says Carolin Rekar Munro, Associate Professor of Leadership and Human Resource Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. Research shows that neurologically, we are single-activity beings. A study in the scientific journal Neuron suggests that while we can train our brains to work faster as we juggle, we never actually manage to do more than one thing at a time. \u201cWe are not wired, from a brain perspective, to handle more than one task at a time. So the term multi-tasking is a bit of a misnomer,\u201d says Professor Rekar Munro. \u201cIn reality what we\u2019re focussing on is an ability to juggle many things, but the key is we expediently switch from one task to the other.\u201d The brain has difficulty consciously processing two complex streams of information simultaneously, such as two people talking at once, and some of the information inevitably gets lost, experts say.