Do you suffer from the Zeigarnik Effect?

Bluma Zeigarnik was a Soviet Psychiatrist and Psychologist who discovered that we remember better that which is unfinished or incomplete.

Whilst the Zeigarnik effect can be useful, for example if you work in a restaurant (which is where Bluma first noticed the phenomenon) and you have a table waiting for the other half of their order, it will remind you to deliver the remaining meals.   However in today’s society with ‘information overload’ we have so many ‘things to do’ on our minds, so much stuff unfinished, incomplete or not even started, our short term memories become so full of these tasks we get stressed and overwhelmed.

“The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of our great men”  Captain J A Hatfield

So how do we even begin to dismiss all care and worry when we feel we have so much to do?

My colleagues and I are fortunate because we are coached how to deal with this problem whilst we’re learning to build our online businesses.  If you don’t have access to our programme and you suffer from the stress of ‘overwhelm’ in your day to day life then I recommend you read a book called Getting Things Done by David Allen

Outside the techniques taught by my coach and friend Stuart, David Allen’s book is the most common sense, practical approach I’ve ever come across to getting to grips with all you have to do and actually take action to move yourself forward.

When Stuart first coached me in his technique to deal with overwhelm my first reaction was “why didn’t I think of that?”  I can’t tell you how much is helped me move forward in all aspects of my life, not just my digital life!  If you’re interested in learning about how you can build your own online business and at the same time be coached in all sorts of other useful ‘life skills’ you can find out more in here and prepare to be amazed 🙂

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Tim - 19 October 2014 Reply

Such a useful skill to be able to switch off! Still working on it! Thanks for the post Chris!

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