MORE IDEAS FROM THE BOOK
Multitasking is - “the ultimate empty-caloried brain candy.”
According to Levitin - “When people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost in doing so.”
In the information age, there are lots of data to consume and simultaneously we have to make more decisions quicker than ever. To survive this information overload -
A spiritual composure is good for the mental organization. Practicing Zen-like mindfulness not only relieves the anxiety that comes with worries over undone tasks and unease over future uncertainties but also allot more of your limited attention to the present moment.
One of the most important principle is “offloading the information from your brain and into the environment” so you can “use the environment itself to remind you of what needs to be done.”
“The fact that our brains are inherently good at creating categories is a powerful lever for organizing our lives.” Further, “productivity and efficiency depend on systems that help us organize through categorization.”
Recent research in social psychology has shown that happy people are not people who have more; rather, they are people who are happy with what they already have. Happy people engage in satisficing all of the time, even if they don’t know it.
"For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned."
In our chronically sleep-deprived society, sleep deficit is a performance killer. Studies have found that productivity goes up when the number of hours per week of work goes down, strongly suggesting that adequate leisure and refueling time pays off for employers and for workers.
"The most fundamental principle of organised mind, the most critical to keeping us from forgetting or losing things, is to shift the burden of organizing from our brains to the external world."
Often, it’s much more anxiety-provoking and draining than going through a clothes closet or a desk drawer.
90% of your daily decisions happen automatically, many shaped by your environment. Thus, most decisions are a habit, not a deliberate choice.
To make smarter choices, design smarter defaults. And habits can be developed by shaping the invisible defaults of your life.
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