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The Value of Your Attention

Junk Food For The Mind

As we get aware of how to improve our critical thinking skills and build our attention muscle, we need to stop consuming junk information that can harm our minds similar to how junk food is harming our bodies.

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The Value of Your Attention

The Value of Your Attention

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Limited Attention Spans

We underestimate the value of our attention.

As technology makes us distracted, unable to concentrate or focus, we need to cultivate our attention spans and improve our clarity of thought.

Junk Food For The Mind

As we get aware of how to improve our critical thinking skills and build our attention muscle, we need to stop consuming junk information that can harm our minds similar to how junk food is harming our bodies.

Memorizing

A good way to practice focusing your attention is to memorize a situation and think about it intentionally.

Memorizing forces our brain to function and remember the information, actively removing distractions.

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Force Yourself to Slow Down

Give yourself monthly or daily challenges to form a new habit of observation.

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The idea is to gradually teach yourself to notice small details in your environment and daily life. 

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The Verbatim Effect

The verbatim effect is a cognitive bias that makes people remember the general outline and meaning of the information that is provided and not the exact, complete details.

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Why We Experience the Verbatim Effect

There are two main memory processes:

  • Gist Memory concentrates on the core meaning of the information.
  • Verbatim Memory focuses on the surface form or the easily visible part of the information.

The Gist Memory is encoded in a better way because it is an important part of the information, and is not apparent at first, making it desirable and thus easier to retain.

Variance in the Verbatim Effect

The Verbatim Effect varies in its influence on people and may or may not occur in situations, as it depends on several factors like:

  • The individual's preferences, abilities, and experience.
  • The type of information, along with the reason for interacting with the information. A meaningless piece of information will not have any verbatim effect on an individual.

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Controlling Attention When Anxious
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Fear In Fear Out

According to Darren Hardy, author of The Power Of Compounding, our consumption of content the whole day (fear-inducing and fear-based news) hypnotises us negatively and impacts our output. What is put in us is what goes out of us.

Do not rely on only mainstream organizations and try to get your news from individuals and multiple sources.

Action, Not Words

Doing the right thing, no matter how unpopular, shows your commitment towards what really matters.

Moreover, it is a human flaw to pay more attention to what people are saying, rather than what is being done. Action speaks louder than hollow words.

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