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“Ugh, I can’t do any of this today.” When your brain is feeling burnt out, it might just be tired of switching back and forth between fast and slow decisions. What are those? Fast and slow choices have to do with how your brain processes things. When we understand processes like this, we can begin to understand how and why different things affect our minds, and then we can avoid or encourage them.

Slow thinking has to do with how we process decisions that require conscious effort, logical thought processes, and deliberate planning. These are decisions made slowly – your brain being able to go through different rational pathways before making a final decision. Some examples of tasks that involve the slow decision part of the brain are writing, strategy, design, and presentations.

Fast thinking is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Snap your fingers, that’s how a quick decision works. These decisions are automatic, intuitive, and almost unconscious. Some examples of fast thinking tasks are emails, scheduling, and instant messages (like Slack).

Our brains are always being bombarded with countless different tasks. With these two opposite ways of thinking, our minds are perpetually at war. Our brain gets exhausted from having to flip back and forth between fast and slow thinking. This fatigue is something that can be helped by carving out our time between fast and slow tactics. Take a look at all of your tasks. Break the list into ‘fast’ and ‘slow.’ Schedule your day according to that list, alternating your tasks. It seems that this might take up too much time in your day, but in actuality, it will free up your brain to overcome burnout and help you work faster, better and mental-healthier (is that a word?). So really, take a chunk of your time for slow-thinking tasks, and then a chunk of your time for fast-thinking tasks (so, slow chunk, fast chunk. See, I’m not crazy).


Michelle Cady Cook of Cleveland court reporting firm, Cady Reporting with a bird on her shoulder

Michelle Cook Marketing Director and animal lover of Cady court reporting in Cleveland Ohio

This article was written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting, a court reporting firm in Cleveland, Ohio.  Although not a court reporter herself, she is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals and is currently serving on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee, the Affiliate Committee, and as Chair of the Follow-Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in court reporting and in the legal community for over 15 years.  Within the framework of Cady Court Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. She also volunteers at Stearns Homestead, caring for horses and other farm animals.

The court reporting firm of Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need it.