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Sex & Life September 21, 2017
Research shows it's a sign of intelligence.
Scatterbrains are often dismissed as disorganized or forgetful. But really, there are many benefits to being one.
There’s no need to be ashamed of being scatterbrained. In fact, it’s something you should be very proud of. Research shows that there are some benefits to a running mind.
So, we’re here to change your perspective about scatterbrains. Here’s what we found about it.
There are many clues that reveal whether or not you are scatterbrained. But one of the most common clues is that you’re constantly forgetting things. Whether you forgot your phone at home or misplaced your chapstick, something slips through your mental cracks.
But don’t get upset just yet. Pay attention to exactly what you’re forgetting.
According to Net Doctor, there was a study done by “Neuron” that shows how our brain uses up energy to forget information and actually encourages the loss of memories as a way to cope with new challenges.”
Also, Blake Richards, a professor at the University of Toronto, told The Times, “We think an important part of being intelligent is about forgetting the details of past experiences.”
Sure, perhaps you forget your keys every now and then. But if you’re also forgetting about people who’ve wronged you because you’re too busy to hold a grudge, then that’s not something you should be ashamed of.
Research shows that being scatterbrained is a sign of intelligence, reports TIME. (Finally, a study that proves everyone was wrong about us.)
Studies say scatterbrains are more creative because they have wandering minds and develop more ideas than someone who isn’t scatterbrained.
To explain this, Steven Johnson, author of “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation,” told YourTango, “In a slow multitasking mode, one project takes center stage for a series of hours or days, yet the other projects linger in the margins of consciousness throughout. That cognitive overlap is what makes this mode so innovative. The current project can exact ideas from the projects at the margins, and make new connections.”
So really, what researchers are saying is that being scatterbrained usually just means you have a ton of things running through your mind because you’re constantly thinking. Different cogs are moving at once, and often times this overlap helps increase productivity and creativity. But for some reason, being scatterbrained has just been attributed to laziness or forgetfulness.
Although there is nothing wrong with being scatterbrained, it’s understandable that some people just need a little more order in their lives. Perhaps they enjoy the creative aspects of being scatterbrained, but would like to stop forgetting where they put their keys after work. Totally respectable.
So what should you do?
Well, you can start by having a calendar to help you keep your ideas in one place and to help with your time management. Also, it can help you remember things like meetings and important deadlines. Having it in a calendar allows you to plan ahead and be aware of things at all times.
And once you organize your schedule, organize your environment. Having an organized room, for example, helps. Although we’ve already heard the “But I know exactly where everything is” argument, you should still give cleaning a try. You can start by putting your small items in the same place everyday. When you get into the habit of doing this, you’ll never have to worry about where you put your keys again.
As you’re doing this, remember: don’t ever be ashamed of being scatterbrained.
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