Think Less, Think Better
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Psychology
Recently, I discovered how much we overlook, not just about the world, but also about the full potential of our inner life, when our mind is cluttered. In a study published in this month’s Psychological Science, the graduate student Shira Baror and I demonstrate that the capacity for original and creative thinking is markedly stymied by stray thoughts, obsessive ruminations and other forms of “mental load.”
I have been thinking about similar stuff since years ago saw an study about how "unfinished tasks" affect people's cognitive performance. I think there is a lot to it, and a lot of what we encounter and casually save in our information environment can be construed as task-like in this sense.
Is it better to take on less, or is it better to finish as much as we can?