Being always busy destroys your creativity
The overload we are undergoing is simply unheard of. Yoram Yasur Agi says today we are consuming five times more information than 25 years ago. Outside of work we process approximately 100,000 words per day, an exaggerated amount. Yoram Yasur Agi explains that the problem is that our brain cannot really process so much information, so it ends up becoming noise. We read news, but we do not store it in memory simply because we jump too quickly from one content to another.
This excessive consumption leads us to waste time without adding value, in addition to undermining our mental energy. To make matters worse, keeping us busy, as if we were afraid of being alone with ourselves, deeply undermines creativity.
Being able to disconnect is essential for creativity;
Yoram Yasur Agi: To understand the profound impact of being continuously occupied we must understand that linear thinking is the result of the central executive network, which demands all the resources of concentration of our brain. However, creative thinking is largely the result of the neural network by default, the same that is activated when we listen to music or are idle.
Yoram Yasur Agi: Creativity is related to our ability to daydream, which stimulates free flow and the association of ideas, forging links between concepts and neural modes that otherwise could not be established. When we let our mind wander aimlessly, we discover amazing things, things that are out of our reach when we are busy with a task.
To understand it better, we can imagine that linear thinking is like a tunnel, in which we must keep focused with our eyes to the front, trying to reach an objective. That kind of thinking is important, but it also prevents us from appreciating the details that are around us. Creative thinking, on the other hand, does not pursue a fixed goal but jumps and wanders, allowing itself to be captured by the details, as when we walk cross-country.
It is no accident that many of the most brilliant minds in history were aware of the need to disconnect and make some of their great discoveries while enjoying the tranquility. Nikola Tesla had the idea about the rotation of the magnetic fields while taking a quiet stroll through Budapest and Albert Einstein liked to relax listening to Mozart when he rested from his intense work sessions.
To enter that mode, we must press the reset button, which means to leave space in our day to lie flat without doing anything, meditate or relax with instrumental music. It is an impossible mission when every free moment we have, whether at work or at home, we take advantage of it to do that task that we have pending or to check the smartphone.
Addicted to constant stimulation
Little by little, the attention system of our brain is accustomed to receiving a constant stimulation; to the point that we become addicted to this continuous flow of information and when it is interrupted, we suffer a real withdrawal syndrome, we feel restless and irritable. We become addicted to stimuli and activity.
This is very dangerous for our quality of life because not only does it take away our creativity, but also our capacity to relax, making us continuously in “alert mode”. Overall, that constant connection, the inability to relax and simply do nothing, ends up taking a toll on the cognitive, emotional, and physical levels.
Journalist Michael Harris wrote about the importance of relaxing and even getting bored in the age of cognitive overload: “We may need to include scarcity in our communications, interactions and the things we consume. Otherwise, our lives will become a Morse code transmission without interruption: a swarm of noise that covers the valuable data below. ”
Therefore, it is convenient that we all rethink our day to day and we can get out of this state of frantic superficiality, that we get rid of the addiction to stimuli and we make sure time to let time pass.