A Neuroscientist Shares the Best De-Stressing Method
Via Working Mother
According to neuroscience professor Daniel Levitin, the best way to organize your brain and eliminate unnecessary stress is to keep to-do lists. Science proves that most people can only hold to about four things in their mind at once. When you have to remember to mail rent or pick up milk on your way home from work, those little things take up valuable real estate in your mind. By taking a few extra minutes to jot down everything and anything you have to do, you rid your mind of the mental stress and space it takes to carry those extra things around.
In his book The Organized Mind, Levitin breaks down how our brain storage functions. He summarized his findings in an interview with Manoush Zomorodi, host of the podcast Note to Self. "I think this is really imporant, that you write down all the things that you have to do, clear it out of your head so that you're not using neuro-resources with that little voice reminding you to pick up milk on the way home. Get it out of your head, write it down, then prioritize things."
When prioritizing, make sure to do the most unpleasant things first. These are often the most important items on our list, and also what we tend to leave to the last moment. If you have to get your headlight fixed, do it. It's worth the annoyance of going to car repair shop so you're not pulled over and ticketed later on.
Remember, to-do lists are the ultimate time saver. "They let you move from one task to another without wasting time, making you the ultimate productivity ninja," says Levitin.
For more information on the power of to-do lists, visit New York Magazine.
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