Make the most of your cognitive capabilities!

Published on 23.2.2018

Knowledge work is often considered to be only expert work but, in reality, it comprises many things. Knowledge work is everything that requires cognitive data processing, or thinking, remembering, learning and observing.

The amount of knowledge work will only increase in the future with the rise of robotics, automation and digitalisation. There will be less routine work, tasks will be automated and also become more complex. We will have to be more adept at solving problems and learning new things. How do we ensure that the cognitive load on our brain’s performance is not too much?

Do you multitask?

Work includes several simultaneous tasks, which requires a lot from your memory. We all know the drill. Cognitive load is discussed when work is fragmented data processing, a constant battle with system errors, continuous changes or interruptions. Also noise and incorrect lighting strain our brain.

Our ability to process data does not change, and we can only focus on one thing at a time. What can we do to ensure that our brain can process all the changes required by work?

Space for doing, land for creativity

Use these tips to manage stress and the cognitive load of your work and work community.

  • Focus on one thing at a time, avoid jumping between tasks.
  • Book time in your calendar for reading e-mails or making telephone calls.
  • Plan your tasks in advance.
  • Take breaks.
  • Pay attention to your level of alertness. Allocate tasks requiring creativity and focus at a time when you are most alert.
  • If you work in an open-plan office, create ground rules that everyone complies with.
  • Organise your working premises so that everyone can work without interruptions.

Did you know?

After an interruption, it may take up to 20 minutes to get back into a work task. If you jump from one task to another in one hour, your productivity decreases, which means you will have much less productive working time than the actual time you have spent.

Energy for your brain! Let Aava help you!

Different things excite and stress us. Others feel that using a foreign language is a resource, whereas it’s a strain for others. Using Aava’s Functional knowledge work operational model we will chart the state of knowledge work of your employees and in your work community and solve any issues together with you.

Specialist: Occupational health psychologist Sari Nuikki

Text: Karita Kangasmaa

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