There is a new book out by David Rock called Your Brain At Work. I have been awaiting this book’s release for a couple of months because it was touted to be a great book on neuroscience that actually can help you figure out how to work better. They were right. This book is great.
Why is this analogy important? Well each of these interactions or actions, whether it is the actors interacting on the stage or the act of remembering something, takes up our brain’s energy. Come to find out that stage is TINY. It can only hold about 4 things on it at the same time. When you and I open our computers and the emails flood in, and we add to that all of the things we need to do while taking care of our home lives, schedule, hobbies, exercise, etc…we can become instantly overwhelmed. Too many actors on stage! That’s why sometimes we’d rather just shut the lid and go eat breakfast, or go back to bed.
Rock suggests that the greatest thing we can do for our brains is to take time first thing in the morning to “prioritize our priorities.” This act relieves our brain of trying to figure out which of the actors or interactions on stage to shine the light on. Rock also suggests that the best way to prioritize…is to VISUALIZE what you need to do by either drawing it out, seeing it in your mind, and putting it down on paper. The visuals create order and understanding.
Take a moment right now to test this tip for yourself. Write, draw, see the things you need to do, and then decide which one takes the most amount of energy and attention and do that thing first! Save your brain for what’s most important. See if you can’t up your creative genius by optimizing your brain’s power for better results!