What Works Better Than Multi-Tasking - Part 2

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October 13, 2011


Interview with Jonathan Fields, author of the book Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance




Mike Carruthers:
In the minds of many being productive and doing great work means working hard, nose to the grindstone – but that’s only part of the process.


Jonathan Fields:
The really big insights and ideas usually come when we work really hard and then we step away.

Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields, author of the book Uncertainty...


And maybe we’re running, maybe we’re meditating, maybe we’re showering, maybe we’re doing yoga (whatever it may be) usually it’s the moments that we’re not working the deliberate pauses that we create where we step away from work where the really big ideas and solutions and creations come to us.


Even so there’s this belief that good work is the result of lots of activity and doing a lot of things at the same time but that causes another problem.


And that is when you do simultaneous things or you keep shifting between them it forces you to hold more thing in your working memory. Your working memory is controlled by a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which is also responsible for things like willpower and keeping your anxiety and your fear response in check. When we hold all of these things in working memory we effectively shut down our creativity.


Jonathan says that people find that when they do slow down they still get all their work done and…


Most people end up getting them all done with less time, less effort and more effectively. The solutions and the creativity is better they create better solutions.




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