The Myth of Multitasking: How to Reduce Stress and Improve Productivity | Sharon Saline | 7 Min Read

December 26, 2022

It’s one o’clock on a Tuesday and I’m wrapping up three hours of therapy. In the next 90 minutes, I have to do my notes, check my emails, eat my lunch and leave enough time to get my beloved afternoon coffee before starting up again. It’s a tall order. Do I walk away from my computer, sit on my office couch and eat my lunch quietly? No. Either I talk on the phone or look at a magazine while munching my salad or, even worse, I eat while typing. Then, I rush out for ten minutes to the café next door while texting my mother and talking to a friend on the way back to my office. After four more hours of therapy, I finish my day by writing up my notes while checking my texts and phone messages, finally glancing at my emails while making a dinner plan with my husband. As I drive to pick up my pup, Milo, from doggy daycare, I wonder why I feel so tired and worn out. Does this sound familiar?

I’m not describing my day so you can feel sorry for me. Rather, I’m illustrating a common human…

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Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D. is a top expert in ADHD and neurodiversity. Dr. Saline specializes in an integrative approach to managing ADHD, anxiety, executive functioning skills, learning differences and mental health issues in neurodiverse and 2e children, teens, college-age adults and families. With over 25 years of clinical experience, she brings a positive, strength-based approach to improving the challenges related to attention, learning and behavior. As a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Northampton, MA, Dr. Saline helps people reduce frustration, develop daily living skills, communicate better and feel closer. An internationally sought-after lecturer, workshop facilitator, and educator/clinician trainer, she adeptly addresses topics ranging from making sense of ADHD and executive functioning skills to managing anxiety to understanding the teen brain. You may contact Dr. Sharon Saline at