HOW TO DEAL WITH COGNITIVE OVERLOAD

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Although technology has added ease to worldwide communication, it is also a constant reminder of how we can't "turn off". According to Richard Seven, "Today, the constant pinging of your email can be like the drip-drip-drip of water torture. All of these tools (mobile phones, PDAs, laptop computers, etc.) have made our lives easier in many ways, but they are stirring up deep unease. Scientists call this phenomenon "cognitive overload" and say it encompasses the modern-day angst of stress, multitasking, distraction and data flurries." Today we can do more. Faster. From anywhere. At any time. But it comes with a price. 

TIPS: 

  • Take 10 minutes each morning to reflect on your deepest values and beliefs and mentally plan who and what will (and will not) get your best energy
  • Create a ritual that will help you switch off from technology e.g. take a movement break  (stretch, brisk walk…) every 2 hours at work and do not use your mobile devices
  • Be aware of how much you multitask and who and what it may be affecting - are you fully present at dinner with you kids, or your loved one?
  • Become more mindful of how much you rely on technology. This may help you "turn off" and engage in something more important from time to time

When you are fully engaged and present, you FEEL LIKE A BOSS 🙌🏻

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