Yesterday I heard an interview with Daniel J. Levin about his book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. I was doing errands, so I only got bits and pieces at any one time. A few of things that I able to hear:
- we need to let our minds wander and
- highly successful people make decisions fast
- don’t worry if we’re using Google as our second memory bank
I had already stopped worrying about my lack of remembering things that I had looked up. My brain is being used for other things, and the file cabinet is full. I realize the benefits of letting our minds wander, although I don’t do it as much as I should. When I take my morning walk (which is on hold right now), things that I had been thinking about suddenly become clear and a decision is in sight. Which brings me to decisions. This is hard for me. I research. I look at the pros and cons. I waffle this way and that.
In a roundabout way this brings me to one small decision–to buy an electric stapler. I had looked them up, thought about it, and never done it. Every time I got boards ready for hanging pieces and used the old stapler that was around during the revolution. I wondered why I hadn’t bought a new one. So, I did, and I love it! I’m not getting boards ready, I’m stapling fabric to a gallery wrapped canvas. It’s wonderful! And electric. Very easy on the hands.
Now, the getting the fabric in place still needs practice, but the stapler works great. The hardest part was getting it out of its container. But that’s another day, another rant.