Unfinished tasks occupy our mind more strongly than finished tasks

  • In psychology, this fact is referred to as the Zeigarnik effect, which postulates that people remember unfinished or interrupted tasks better than completed tasks.
  • Book - How to Take Smart NotesBook - How to Take Smart Notes

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    author: Sönke Ahrens
    title: How to take smart notes: one simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking: for students, academics and nonfiction book writers
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    argues that the act of writing down serves as a form of completion and helps on removing items from the back of our mind, helping us focus on the tasks at hand.
  • This effect can be used the other way around! By not letting certain things go, our brain works at them while we do something else. (A part of my personal development journey right now should be focused on utilizint the strength of the inherent and subcouncious strength of our brain). I need more research here to support this point.