The Zeigarnik Effect: Why Unfinished Work Follows Us Home - Deepstash
The Zeigarnik Effect

The Zeigarnik effect is our tendency to remember incomplete or interrupted tasks easier than completed tasks.

At first, the Zeigarnik Effect seems handy: We remember the things we still need to do.

  • But each incomplete task divides your focus, making it harder to concentrate on what is in front of you.
  • Another problem is that even if we can physically disconnect from work, our unfinished tasks will filter through to our family dinners, vacations, weekends and sleep.

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Research shows that you can find relief from the Zeigarnik effect by simply planning to finish your tasks.

What you can do:

  • Make a habit of writing your tasks down.
  • Have a system for organizing and regularly reviewing your tasks.
  • Have an end of work shutdown ritual, so your mind knows it's time to switch off.
  • Identify a small step you can take to get started. Then your brain is more eager to keep going.
  • Don't forget to review what you've already accomplished.

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