Busy week

July 30, 2010

It has been a busy week, and I’ve been able to accomplish a lot of “extra” things in very little time.  If you notice, each of the tasks that I set for myself is not very time-consuming.  These are all things that need to be done but that typically get forgotten or postponed.  With a little extra motivation I’ve been able to get stuff done so that I don’t have to think about them in the future.  I’ve never been a fan of clutter, and disorganization in the mind makes thinking way more difficult than it needs to be.

Here is a link to yesterday’s post. I’ve updated the post to include before/after photos. As you can see, the after photo is MUCH less cluttered. (NOTE: The after photo was taken early this morning, as it was too dark to get a good shot when I finished last night)

NPR ran a story on Radiolab a while back that explained how even something as simple as remembering a small string of numbers can tax the mind enough to cause someone to make poor decisions. They studied this theory by giving volunteers a string of numbers to remember. Some were asked to remember just a couple of numbers while others were given a few more.

After being given the string of numbers the volunteers were asked to go to another room down the hall where they would be asked to recall the numbers that they had been given. On their way to the other room each volunteer was greeted by a person who asked them if they would like a small serving of fruit or a small slice of cake. Those asked to remember only two numbers almost always took the option for fruit. Fruit is the healthier option, by far. Both are sweet, but an intelligent decision between cake and fruit is to choose the fruit. Those asked to remember 7 numbers overwhelmingly chose cake.

If something as small as a 7 digit string of numbers is enough to skew one’s decisions, imagine how easy it is to make a poor decision with a really cluttered mind!  Those “little” things that are running in the background can seriously affect important decisions.  I’m doing my best to clear out the background static so that the foreground can be more calm and clear than it is.

Today is Friday, but that’s no reason to go light on my list.  Once the work-day is complete I will read two more chapters in the book that I recently started (“The Wisdom of Life” by Arthur Schopenhauer).  I will also do some exercise.  If the weather/time permits, that exercise will be in the form of taking the dogs to the park.

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