posted on Jul, 25 2015 @ 12:16 PM
Since mind wanderning is more common when doing non-demanding tasks--or otherwise repetitive?--it stands to reason maybe we should start by enriching
peoples environments and putting them into more demanding roles. Or in the workplace we can try moving them to different positions, so they're always
learning and having to stay focused.
Conveyer belt work is an excellent example. At first it's hard and you have to pay strict attention to it. But after a few weeks you can do it on
autopilot. That's when teh mind wandering starts to happen. So my reasoning is if we want to stop the mind wandernig then we need to move that person
to a new position, or at least have the supervisor regularly check on people and let them know who's boss. "Don't forget you're paid, so you stay
alert and focused on your job, or you'll not have a job tomorrow!" The whole idea is to get them into that state where they feel like they're in a
intense situation. You want them to feel like they can't daydream.
I want to give an example of something bad which happened when my mind wandered once. I was coming home from basketball practice and still thinking
about it. It's like my mind hadn't left the court yet. An instant later my car was on the shoulder of the road. My instincts must have kicked in
because I immediately came to. I swerved left and very nearly left the road on the opposite side--lucky for me I didn't because it was a steep
dropoff, but I swerved right again and then swerved left one more time to come to a stop in the opposite lane facing the opposite direction!
I'll give an example of recent mind wandernig while driving. I sometimes will imagine what it'd be like if the breaks failed or I got into an
accident. Yes, I do this while I'm driving! Sometimes I'll be so riveted by the scene in my mind I'll lose concentration on the actual road. I've
never had an accident so far, but everytime it happens I'm like "Wow, I lost concentration."
Let me ask this: What if my mind imagines my car losing the breaks or me getting into an accident to remind me how dangerous it is? But this happens
when I'm driving!!! A better time would be wiser?
Do we periodically have to be reminded of things like that to stay alert? I know in my case it's hard to stay focused on something dull. Especially
when driving, there're times when I'm veerrrryyyy relaxed. Like relaxed enough I can distantly hear music and the first hints of sleep.
But really what's there to focus on when you're doing something dull? Driving requires focus, but once you get used to it, you can drive half-asleep.
I know that's ridiculous, but many people do that. It's probably dumb and lots of accidents are due to it. But it's well within most people's
capacity. There're people who drive while alert who drive worse. I'm not advocating driving while asleep, but driving encourages it
edit on 25-7-2015 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)