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cognitive load

June 4, 2019

Well I just learned that what I think of when I hear the term “cognitive load”, and what the official definition is of “cognitive load” are not the same thing. But perhaps that doesn’t matter.  So I’ll tell you what the term means to me and we will go from there.

When I hear the term “cognitive load”, I think of all the things that run through my head.  The thousands of decisions that I make each day, the situations that require me to not respond with my automatic response, but instead to intentionally respond differently, the ideas and thoughts that fill my mind, the worries and stresses associated with weighing pros and cons and considering future decisions. I like this term as it gives language to what I’ve experienced and known to be true.

It can be a lot.  We are all experiencing it.  And sometimes when the cognitive load is heavy, we choose the easy path even when it’s not the best path for us.  And sometimes when the cognitive load is heavy, we rely on others to make decisions even when in the end it’s not the decision that is best for us.  And sometimes when the cognitive load is heavy, we don’t engage in the activity (e.g., exercise, meditation, healthy eating, life-giving things) that will potentially lighten the cognitive load.

Don’t underestimate the power of life’s cognitive load.  But also don’t let it stop you from doing what you know will be best for you in the long run.  Instead find ways to do the things and see the people, that fill your bucket, and give you energy and peace to carry the cognitive load on the days that it is heavy.

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