In our last post about information overwhelm, as it pertains to the Alabama divorce and child custody investigation process, we talked about how working memory can be analogized to computer RAM. Any computer will only have a certain amount of random access memory (RAM).
If you overload this memory, the computer will start to work slower, and the computer’s processes will break down. Likewise, if you overwhelm your own “RAM” with too many projects (or potential projects), your brain will be overcommitted, and it won’t work as well at identifying opportunities and making good logical judgments. Fortunately, you can use a variety of tools to “clear” your personal RAM and make research less exhausting.
First of all, you can go on what author Tim Ferriss called a “Low Information Diet.” Rather than drinking in as much information as you can about divorce or family law, restrict yourself. Have a plan – a goal for the research – and time bound that research.
Secondly, practice mindfulness meditation. More and more research now shows that people who engage in daily mindfulness practice are able to handle overwhelm, depression, and anxiety better, perhaps because meditation has powerful effects on the frontal cortex, the region in the brain that helps with executive function and organization.
Finally, if you don’t have a personal organization system, get one. Popular strategies include Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and David Allen’s Getting Things Done. Find a system, commit to it, and learn it and apply it. Be more efficient and effective at what you do.
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