that chaotic world is one that you created. It’s not all the outside stimulus
that is making you crazy. Instead, it is your very environment – something you
actually have control over. It is your desk, your work station, your home
office or perhaps even your bedroom, where you lie reading this in bed, an
oasis in a sea of stuff.
that visual clutter can affect productivity has even been studied. In Interactions of top-down and
bottom-up mechanisms in human visual cortex, you can read a study
about just that.
suggest that the strength of attentional modulation in the visual system is
constrained by the degree to which competitive interactions have been resolved
by bottom-up processes related to the segmentation of scenes into candidate
In other words, the strength of your ability to pay attention
is directly linked to how much competition demands your attention. The less
divided your attention, the easier it is to focus. Of course, the easier it is
to focus, the easier it is to be productive.
Until next time …