Your daily focus is limited, do not waste it on shitty plays


The researcher Keith Stanovich calls humans “cognitive misers”, as we have a finite amount of concentrated focus that we can utilize to make decisions during the day. Once we’ve used it up, then the quality of our decisions drops dramatically. Ergo, we can only draw on System 2 so much before it tires out. The antidote is to save our precious cognitive resources for the most important decisions, or to make ordinary decisions less taxing.


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