Why We Actually Need More Mindless Activities

We have four types of attention, and using our “rote attention” more may be the key to less burnout. You know, doing mindless shit like reading this blog? Staying focused in a world of nonstop work emails and social media notifications is a never-ending challenge. As much as we talk about the importance (and difficulty) of sustained, deep focus, there are other types of attention, all of which have their usefulness. There’s the creativity that springs from boredom; the comfort of engaging in a mindless, routine activity; and even the satisfaction that comes from powering through a tough—but dreaded—task… read more >

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