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"Today. You learn why classic diners are shaped like train cars. Why multitasking is impossible and what you should do to be productive. Instead and how you can use a simple tip for Mark Twain, stop procrastinating, unimportant tasks, let's stop putting it off. Instead of spy some curiosity on the award winning curiosity daily. Have you ever wondered why a lot of classic diners? Look like train cars diners are the best. They are do you. Always order breakfast. No matter. What time it is? I do. Yes. That's the right way to do it. We can go to diner together. Love it. The word diner covers a pretty broad spectrum of dining establishments. These days from your mom and pop joint around the corner to national chains like Denny's but diners have much more humble origins before diners were buildings. They were portable and before they were shaped like train cars they were shaped like horse carts in eighteen seventy two. An entrepreneur named Walter Scott from Providence Rhode Island got an idea he fitted a spare horse cart with the bare essentials. He needed to make food and he rolled it out at dusk. As a night lunch wagon for nightshift workers and theatergoers and anybody else out late at night. He served coffee, pies eggs and sandwiches. And he was so successful that he was able to quit his printing business, of course, other mobile lunch carts started to copy the idea and by the early twentieth century, the market was pretty much ruled by three manufacturers were Chester lunch. Car company tyranny and O'Mahony they kept growing and over time. The new dining cars weren't pulled by horses. They were hooked on the cargo trains when those dining cars arrived at their destination. They would lose their wheels. But keep the late night hours by the nineteen twenties dining car was shortened to diner. And by the thirties, the art deco style popular in train cars started to creep in diners to best when the diner really took off and became a piece of American identity. And here's a fun. Fact, do you know what? Diner capital of the world is New Jersey with more than six hundred diners, although my favorite diner is the double our diner from twin peaks, which by the way, it's called tweeds cafe in north bend Washington. And yes, I've been there. This must be where pies go when they die research says your brain is not wired for multitasking, but we all love saving time. So today, we'll tell you what to do instead of multitasking to spend your time more efficiently. I think I had multitasker as a bullet point on my resume for like ten years. Really? Yeah. Did you remove it after you got the job here? Believe it or not. I haven't updated my resume lately. But next time, I do I may remove it for this reason. Yeah. The thing about multitasking is that you're never actually doing tasks at the same time. You're just switching from one to the other and back again that's switching eats up more time than you probably realize in a two thousand seven study people who are interrupted by an Email or an instant message during a computer task were twenty to twenty five minutes behind by the time they resumed the first task even though the interruption only took ten minutes a third of those people took more than two hours to get back on task. So do the opposite of multitasking. And instead batch your tasks the idea is that you split up your tasks by category things like e mails writing and idea generation, then do all of each type in one chunk of time that chunk can be one four hour session on Mondays or a thirty minute session every morning and evening, whatever the tests calls for market in your calendar, and treat it like an. Appointment now, this works great for things like responding to emails or scheduling tweets, but it doesn't always work with creative tasks like writing and designing a twenty seventeen study out of Columbia business school found that when people regularly switched between tasks they performed better on a test of creative thinking than people who worked on one task the whole time. And even those who switched when they felt like it. So at the end of the day a little bit of both might be best batch those pesky tasks that eat up your time and save you're switching around for the creative stuff like how his reading emails the whole time. You read that I loved that. Very good, Cody. I was listening. I promise on topic. Today's episode is sponsored by purple metrics better sleep better. You remember multitasking is impossible. But try getting anything done when you haven't gotten a good night's sleep. That's really impossible. Yeah. Here curiosity. 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Frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of. Of the day. There's actually no definitive evidence. That Mark Twain spoke or wrote the phrase, there's even an alternate version that goes a little like this and this might help make this tip. Make more sense, quote, if it's your job to eat, a frog it's best to do it. First thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two, frogs, it's best to eat. The biggest one I on, quote and more practical terms, the frog is your worst least enjoyable task of the day that thing you're dreading. But a lot of the time. It's also the most important thing for you to do that day. At least a couple authors have written about the benefits of doing this self-development, author and public speaker, Brian Tracy wrote that quote successful effective people are those who launched a wreck into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedly until those tasks are complete unquote and retired US navy Admiral William mcraven says that he makes his bed every morning. So that he has a sense of accomplishment, the sort of his day not to mention some pride in sticking to a good habit of self-discipline tried at work this week and see how it affects. The rest of your work day that is where I find it is really really helpful definitely sending those dreaded emails making that phone call. You just don't want to deal with get out of the way before noon and the rest of your day will just go so smoothly."