Reduce the Cognitive Load

By the end of this week, the school year will be underway for me. I will have oriented new teachers, attended a 6 hour retreat, and run a 6 hour retreat.

One of my goals is to learn as much as I can about cognitive load theory, and to reduce cognitive load for others when possible. It’s not that I want the people around me to work less hard; I just want them to work less frantically and more efficiently. As a leader, I want to leave greater focus in my wake.

On this front, I’ve been pondering an article for about a week, ever since Morgan Housel tweeted about it. It contains quotes like:

[Most] geniuses—especially those who lead others—prosper not by deconstructing intricate complexities but by exploiting unrecognized simplicities.


[Geometry] doesn’t have bad days. 

And, yes, it’s about football. Even if you’re not a fan, if you read Refreshing Wednesday, there’s something in this short piece for you.

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