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Embrace the art of 'Batching' to tackle cognitive overload.

One of the effective ways to counter context switching costs is by following the sage advice of batching. More tactically, batching tasks by function.

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Multiple actions under one cognitive category lead to overload.

Trying to code and listening to music falls under cognitive functions. Naming a variable while listening to your favorite songs' lyrics may result in cognitive overload.

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How 'Batching' works.

  • Writing code and reviewing code are now two separate functions within the same cognitive function. Even writing/reviewing code for two separate code bases are two separate sub-functions.
  • Grouping/responding to all emails is an email function. Even that is further broken down into tri...

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Cognitive overload also prevails in physical functions.

Imagine trying to clean utensils and cook food at the same time. They both fall under physical function, and the switching between them is a huge waste of time. Cleaning hands, wiping them, cleaning water droplets, make sure soapy water doesn't splash near cooked food, etc., takes time whenever y...

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Why 'batching' by function enhances productivity.

The best analogy is sorting forks, knives, and spoons when we are putting them in drawers. We can throw all silverware together. But then finding a spoon in that pile will take time whenever we need a spoon. The task changes from getting a spoon (execution) to finding a spoon (identification). An...

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Cognitive overload also prevails in physical functions.

Imagine trying to clean utensils and cook food at the same time. They both fall under physical function, and the switching between them is a huge waste of time. Cleaning hands, wiping them, cleaning water droplets, make sure soapy water doesn't splash near cooked food, etc., takes time whenever y...

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Develop the habit of single-tasking by forcing your brain to concentrate on one task and one task only. Put your phone away, close all the browser windows and apps that you don’t need. Immerse yourself in t...

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