Rituals are an important part for shutting down for the night due to the Zeigarnik effect

Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted WorldBook - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

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author: Cal Newport
title: Deep Work: rules for focused success in a distracted world




argues for shutting down for the night can be facilitated with rituals. Due to the Zeigarnik effect, unfinished tasks occupy our brain and drain cognitive resources. This same effect is the reason for Task switching makes multitasking more expensive than the sum of its partsTask switching makes multitasking more expensive than the sum of its parts
As Cal Newport reports in [[Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World]], task switching leaves a residue of attention at our last task, costing more attention as a result...
. Including parts in our shutdown ritual that let us be certain that all work is in order for the next day helps us wind down.

Shutting down to get proper rest is important, as Downtime and relaxation aid insightDowntime and relaxation aid insight
[[Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World]] reports a study from Dijksterhuis, which makes a point that relaxing and taking breaks from work actually enhances the quali...
and Attention is a finite resource and requires downtime to replenishAttention is a finite resource and requires downtime to replenish
Cal Newport justifies downtime in [[Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World]] by drawing from "Attention restoration theory"

According to ART, concentrating requires "...

Additionally, Newport argues that when Deep WorkDeep Work
Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.

The entirety of [[Book - Deep Work.. 3 Rules for Foc...
is shifted to earlier in the day, the work we do in the evenings is unlikely to produce a high output.

(Further research: Roy Baumeister, who wrote a paper with E.J. Masicampo playfully titled “Consider It Done!”)