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Attention is a limited resource. Paying attention to one thing necessarily comes at the expense of another.
We cannot allocate our attention to multiple things at once and expect it to function at the same level as it would were we to focus on just one activity.
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Forcing your mind to take a step back is a tough thing to do. It seems counterintuitive to walk away from a problem that you want to solve.
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As Holmes tells Watson, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”
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Before we include something in our brain attic we must first observe it.
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