10% of our brains


I am sure that many of you would have heard the statistic that we only use 10% of our brainpower.

Although this is an encouraging concept, and one that suggests that we have so much more potential within us, it does pose the question of how 100% of brainpower can be defined – that can be left to the real boffins to ponder on…

What is certainly true, is that the brain is an incredibly efficient engine and only uses what is required to perform the task at hand. If that means that only a small % of the brain’s functional ability is being used, then you can be confident that is all that is needed.

How many times do we rush around, convinced that we are being effective because we appear to be doing multiple things at the same time. Even when we feel as if we are being productive, how many times have you felt that nagging feeling that there may have been a better way?

When that happens, it may be a good idea to stop and think ‘what would my brain do in this situation?’

Perhaps the 10% rule may be a better option?


One thought on “10% of our brains

  1. Very true. So many things would benefit from stopping – and thinking through. It’s always a good idea to do this. Cooking / disciplining children / working / upgrading computers / booking holidays / shopping – virtually everything could benefit from an element of pausing for thought. That action is likely to increase productivity and make the task at hand more efficient, rather than waste valuable time. Like many things though it takes discipline to change old habits. But the 10% rule is clearly the better option.


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