What Science Says About Stress, Cognition and Clarity

Liked What Science Says About Stress, Cognition, and Clarity by David Allen (gettingthingsdone.com)
“You head is a terrible office.” “Recent cognitive science research shows that the number of things you can mentally prioritize, manage, retain, and recall is . . . (hold on) . . . four! If you park any more than that in your head, you will sub-optimize your cognitive functioning. You will be driven by whatever is latest and loudest—rather than by strategy, intuition, or objective assessment.” “I discovered the value and impact of unloading the mind of all tasks, to-dos, projects, and plans when a mentor had me do a complete ‘Mind Sweep’.” “Distribute your cognitive load not only to relieve yourself of all that stressful remembering and recalling, but also so you can experience the joy of thinking creatively and solving problems, as your brain is optimized to do.”

In zijn Essay What science says about stress, cognition and clarity, schrijft David Allen over hoe je brein werkt en waarom je een extern systeem nodig hebt. 

Aan de ene kant kun je fantastische dingen doen met je brein: 

Without effort, you recognize patterns and store and retrieve information to make sense of the myriad inputs coming at you twenty-four seven.


Yet you go to the store to get lemons, and you come back with six things and no lemons.

Hoe dat kan?

Your head is a terrible office.

Je brein maakt geen onderscheid tussen de verschillende dingen die je wilt onthouden. Het heeft geen idee van betekenis of prioriteit, niet van de omgeving waarin je je bevindt, of van de tijd en energie die je beschikbaar hebt.

Daar heb je een extern systeem voor nodig waar je brein op kan vertrouwen. Dit zorgt voor meer rust en ruimte in je hoofd, waardoor je beter kunt nadenken en creatiever wordt.

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