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Neural Processing Downtime


AKA boredom, daydreaming, “zoning-out,” etc. You know, the stuff “productive” people aren’t supposed to do.

Turns out that’s the wrong way to look at it. Here’s a useful metaphor from my days as a personal trainer…

When clients would start out, they would assume that the harder they worked, the more gains they’d make. Imagine their confusion when I’d tell them that their muscles would grow on the days they weren’t in the gym.

”You break the muscle down on your workout days so it can repair itself and grow on your off days. If you just keep working out everyday, your body never has a chance to rebuild.”

It’s the same for your brain. Read, study, and learn to your heart’s content. But it’s only when you’re doing “nothing” that all that new information gets processed and encoded into data that will be available for future recall.