You know how when you’ve got a lot going on, you tend to forget simple things, like making sure you’ve removed all the styling pins from your hair before you leave the house? Or something… less specific to what I did yesterday… Anyway, it’s like your brain can’t take one more thing.
It’s actually just like that, you’ve reached your brain’s capacity, or maximum cognitive load. Everything you put your brain in charge of adds to it’s cognitive load, kind of like filling a bucket. Worrying about your promotion? Into the bucket. Planning your next get-together with the neighbors? Into the bucket. Studying a new language? Into the bucket. It all adds up and the bucket overflows, spilling out what it can’t hold. Read more