Lisa loves to have the TV blaring in every room while she is working. And, she always has the radio going while she is in the car. Me? I prefer total quiet…
When you are focused on being productive, do you program your environment? Here is an interesting thought from Seth Godin
While reading this sentence, hum your favorite pop tune while writing down the first 15 prime numbers, in order.
Those are three tasks, easy to do separately, basically impossible to do at the same time. If you try, you’ll just end up slicing each one into little bits and alternating, almost certainly decreasing the speed and quality of work of each.
Cognitive load slows us down, distracts us and diminishes the quality of the work we do.
We can certainly handle some distraction, in fact, in many cases, a little distraction actually makes things better. Going for a walk, for example, can prompt better ideation than sitting in a dark, silent room might.
The key question for anyone is whether or not they are choosing to add productive distraction to their cognitive load.
Thanks for listening.