Exhausted? Need a quick energy boost?
Dump the depleters.
Your brain has a limited amount of RAM—and, like any technology, it will become bogged down if too many applications are open at the same time.
Forcing your brain to slog through distractions AND deliver high quality work is metabolically expensive—and highly depleting.
In fact, a University of London study found that constant emailing and text-messaging reduces mental capability by an average of ten points on an IQ test! This effect is similar to missing a night’s sleep; for men, it’s around three times more than the effect of smoking cannabis.
In short, being “always on” is an unsustainable energy-management strategy.
Get energized! What you can do right now:
When you decide to do something, you embed a signal in your brain that emits reminder messages until you complete the task. The problem is, these “Oh, I’d better remember to do that!” messages flare up at the most inopportune times—interrupting you in the middle of flow. To assure (and silence) your brain’s worries, dump your undone tasks into a safe repository; any task management system or even a simple to-do list will suffice.
2. Stop multi-tasking. Seriously.
When you do two cognitive tasks at once, dual-task interference can reduce your intellectual capacity from that of a Harvard MBA to an eight-year-old. Linda Stone, a former VP of Microsoft, coined the phrase “continuous partial attention”—referring to what happens when people’s focus is split, continuously. The effect is constant and intense mental exhaustion.
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