A WANDERING MIND

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If you are a frequent daydreamer, your brain may simply have more capacity to think and tune out if you are performing an easy task. How can you tell? Are you seemingly oblivious, yet then able to focus back in without having missed important information? You probably have an efficient brain. This mind wandering, it seems, actually gives your working memory a workout. Working memory is the mental work space that allows the brain to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously. The more working memory a person has, the more daydreaming they can do without forgetting the task at hand.

 

Is mind wandering a good thing or bad thing? There seems to be several differing perspectives on these questions. Unlike other animals, humans spend a lot of time thinking about what isn’t going on around them; contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future or may never happen at all. Indeed, mind wandering appears to be the human’s brain’s default mode of operation, in essence working memory can help you stay focused but if your mind starts to wander those resources get misdirected and you can lose track of your goal. many people have had the experience of arriving at home with no recollection of the actual trip to get there or of suddenly realizing that they have turned several pages in a book without comprehending any of the words. In most cases, mind-wandering in the sense of the mind moving freely from one idea to another has huge benefits in terms of arriving at new ideas and strategies. Despite its disadvantages, it’s perfectly fine to let your thoughts wander every once in a while.

 

It’s very difficult to catch up on concentration when you have a wandering mind. To avoid having a wandering mind, control your mind and keep it on the right track. 

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