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Focused and Diffuse Thinking describes two counterposed methods of approaching problems and learning. Focused Thinking is concentrated, conscious and relatively predictable. By contrast, Diffuse Thinking is relaxed, occurs largely subconsciously, and can result in surprising connections.
Barbara Oakley, the academic and author responsible for popularising this model
strength of Focused Thinking lies in its ability to analyse and solve problems in a sequential manner
Diffuse Thinking allows your subconscious to make unexpected connections between disparate ideas. As a result, it can help you to develop innovative solutions and learn by connecting new and unfamiliar concepts with existing ones.
often experience Diffuse Thinking when you go for a walk, have a shower, take a long drive in the country, or just stare out the window.
trick is not to choose between the two approaches, but rather to cycle between Focused and Diffuse Thinking for the greatest impact.
Use Focused Thinking to rationally explore it and consciously define the real issue at hand. Then let your brain relax into Diffuse Thinking, allowing your subconscious mind to process and play with the ideas in your head and potentially come up with innovative solutions as a result
one of the most practical ways to consistently apply this approach is through the Pomodoro Technique
Switch between Focused and Diffuse Thinking.
Whether you’re trying to solve a complex problem or learn an unfamiliar concept, consider beginning with Focused Thinking to define the problem or concept, before switching to Diffuse Thinking to let your subconscious mind continue to process and make further connections.
sometimes its best to ‘sleep on it’ and let your subconscious mind have a crack at it. This can be applied more broadly to interspersing walks, play, and moments of cognitive rest into your work schedule so you can better flip between the two thinking modes
Don’t leave it to chance, experiment with various triggers or cues that help you shift into Diffuse Thinking, essentially leveraging the Habit Loop to help make the switch.
might want to consider showers, walks, riding a bike, long drives, meditation, yoga, tai chi, washing dishes or anything that works for you.
biggest challenge is relying on it.