May 16th, 2005 by Bob Bly
Are you too busy today to do your best work? Too pressured to enjoy what poet Billy Collins calls ?the still room of thought? ? a contemplative, quiet mode for thinking and writing?
Now modern science tells us that being too busy can actually make us less intelligent.
According to a study from the University of London, trying to work while constantly checking your e-mails and voice mail messages temporarily lowers your I.Q. by about 10 points.
Reason: the human brain did not evolve to handle the constant flow of communication and information that modern technology, essentially developed within a generation, now exposes it to.
The inescapable conclusion? If you don?t structure some quiet and alone time into your day ? admittedly difficult, especially in a corporate setting ? you may rob yourself of the opportunity to do your best work and thinking.
Do you find this already happening to you? And what can one do to alleviate the problem?
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