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1, Dec 16, 2011

Change, Task Alternation and Overcome our Brain Inertia

Filed under: Emotional Intelligence — admin @ 12:28 am

I told my daughter task alternation might reduce mental fatigue and enhance productivity. That is, you work on one subject for an hour and another one for the next hour instead of dragging on for hours on one subject as she often does. Even though she knows its benefits, she often resists alternation. Actually she is not alone here.

I have also found myself having this tendency to stick to one task as long as I can and any slight change seems a challenge to me. Call it brain inertia. I think this inertia originates from our aversion to change.

Because change means we need to put in more energy to get started and become familiar to the new task. We like to be energy efficient mentally and biologically.

That’s why I set a timer when I was cleaning around in kitchen. I pack it up and go once time is up. When I check email, I set timer. This way, I don’t get hooked on one task and let a whole chunk of time pass before I realize it.

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