Strategies for Dealing with Cognitive Overload
Everyone has days (weeks, months) when they feel like their brain is overloaded to the point that it might explode. Maybe it’s the stress of getting a project done within time and/or budget constraints, having too many obligations, or having a project list the length of a small book. Add that with the information overload of technology — cell phones, constant email, etc — and one’s sure to have a bad case of cognitive overload.
George Ambler at Leading Forward has a great post on strategies for dealing with cognitive overload. It includes links to other great resources as well as a summary of ways to deal.
A few of the strategies:
- Focus on one task at a time
- Get organized
- Take a break to seek the ‘big picture’