More on Your Mind and Work

August 2, 2016

I have, from time to time, engaged in small rants against the concept that multitasking and other forms of extreme mental work are not only not great ideas, they are in fact bad ideas. And I have also posted several related blogs on the positive benefits of taking mental breaks from work by doing other things to perform better back at work. (If you want to find them, search for “multitasking” and “your brain” in this blog).

I have come across additional support for my position which I will share with you:

From Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal: “Some of mankind’s greatest revelations have come only when scientists, researchers, even artists, have taken necessary breaks or detours after intensive concentration: the mind at play can sometimes energize the mind that’s at wits’ end.”[1]

From the Sage of Omaha Warren Buffett: ““Read 500 pages like this [pointing to a stack of books nearby] every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”[2]

From founding father Benjamin Franklin: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”[3]

From Verne Harnish, author of Scaling Up: “Nothing creative will come out of your efforts if you don’t allow your best ideas to incubate…You’ll be surprised by what comes out of your brain if you give it a rest sometimes.”[4]

Of course, as an intelligence specialist, you should always be aware how easy it is to find data to support your own preconceptions. VBG!

[1] Alan Levy, The Wiesenthal File, 1993, p. 123.

[2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-merle/the-reading-habits-of-ult_b_9688130.html (accessed 8//2/2016).

[3] http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/benjaminfr133951.html (accessed 8/2/2016).

[4] “5 Critical Performance Metrics”, Fortune, August 1, 2016, p. 32. I thank the author for directing my attention to Franklin and Buffett.


One Comment on “More on Your Mind and Work”

  1. […] I have, from time to time, engaged in small rants against the concept that multitasking and other forms of extreme mental work are not only not great ideas, they are in fact bad ideas. And I have also posted several related blogs on the positive benefits of taking mental breaks from work by doing other things to perform better back at work.  […]


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