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Be smarter at work, slack off

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Be smarter at work, slack off

Anne Fisher, Fortune senior writer has an article talking about why ‘less is more’. The main point to note in the article: when human brain is tired and stressed out, it becomes harder to come up with new ideas. It is suggested that sometimes it is good to spend some time to rewind, and look for connections between ideas:

…What scientists have only recently begun to realize is that people may do their best thinking when they are not concentrating on work at all. If you’ve ever had a great idea pop into your head while you were washing your car, walking your dog, or even napping, you already know what a team of Dutch psychologists revealed last month in the journal Science: The unconscious mind is a terrific solver of complex problems when the conscious mind is busy elsewhere or, perhaps better yet, not overtaxed at all.

This brings us back to Archimedes, whose “Eureka!” moment in the bath — or, to cite another example, Isaac Newton’s discovery of gravity while loafing around under an apple tree — was a classic example of a kind of creativity known as remote association, or associative thinking. As the name implies, it’s a knack for seeing connections among things that appear on the surface to be unrelated to each other…

And no, multitask will not save you time.

Be smarter at work, slack off – [CNN Money]

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