Brain Cramp: Steps to Simplification

Updated: Feb 6

A post by Supine professor

Have you ever been in a situation where you could not quite fathom why a decision has been made in the way it has been made? Did you ever say to yourself ‘what the hell were they thinking?’

Today, we discuss the phenomenon of Brain Cramp.

Brain Cramp is not the same as information overload; it is similar, but not the same. With information overload, we are constantly subjected to stimuli that keep certain parts of the brain constantly on. This chronic over-stimulation can create imbalances in the limbic and frontal lobe portions, which can then have a direct impact on focus, and emotional tone regulation.

Brain Cramp is something different…

Imagine that you have many different duties at work and these duties bring with them varied, and sometimes conflicting, demands. Then, on top of that, you also have multiple things happening outside of work. At a certain point, if the pressure release valve is not triggered, your brain will be working on too many things at the same time and, like a CPU that is running too many tasks, your brain will crash, temporarily freeze, or require a full reboot.

With computers, the amount of applications and processes that can be conducted at any one time will depend on the system being used and the hardware and software available.

The human being is much the same: not every person is built in the same way and the capacity to deal with multiple problems at the same time is limited, depending on the ‘specs’ of that person. We are all wired differently, and it is only through a process of self-reflection that we can find what our specific specs are.

So, what do you do if you find yourself in the middle of a brain cramp?

1) Check the active processes that are ongoing in your brain. 2) Prioritise those elements 3) Lower the importance of some items—hit the pressure release valve 4) Completely remove unnecessary thoughts—close the processes that are using brain power but not adding any value 5) Figure which items can be solved quickest and execute those to free space.

In business, we often see Brain Cramp’s impact on decision making. By not allowing for the space to consider things properly; by overcomplicating things because a person is trying to do too much; by reacting to demands by adding items into the process mechanism without seeing its value or merit, a decision will often go wrong. Moreover, it will potentially lead to loss in the future through poor strategy implementation and a possible ongoing cycle of implementation followed by correction followed by a rushed review, leading to another round of implementation, correction and review again.

Break the cycle now and contact Re-form Solutions for more advice on how to avoid this common pitfall. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the hardest to find. Here at Re-form, we are experts in keeping things simple.

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