Gray Matter Loves WhiteSpace
Productivity and ExecutionWhen we perform complex, intensive tasks without giving our brains time to recuperate, we experience cognitive fatigue. This depletes our brains' limited resources and negatively impacts performance.
MRI studies have shown that the frontal lobe — a part of the brain that controls our highest levels of cognition — is particularly susceptible to cognitive fatigue.
Without the executive functions of the frontal lobe, we can't strategize and execute complex plans proficiently and effectively. Research suggests the only way to truly recover from cognitive depletion is by giving our brains a break.
WhiteSpace in one's daily routine allows the frontal lobe to regroup and reengage effectively, leading to more efficient neural processing and increased productivity.
CreativityAn essential component of insightful problem solving (i.e., having an "Aha! moment") is being able to form connections between prior experiences and the problem at hand. In the brain, this requires communication between the executive frontal lobes and memory areas of the brain. Communication between these brain areas is often impaired by mental fatigue and cognitive overload.
WhiteSpace allows our overloaded brains to recoup the resources needed to form the mental associations necessary for creative insight.