Decreasing the Noise

“According to Timothy Wilson, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, the human brain receives 11 million bits of information per second from the environment, but can only process 40 bits per second. This means it has to choose what tiny percentage of this input to process and attend to, and what huge chunk to dismiss or ignore… Pioneering research in positive psychology and neuroscience has found that by consciously decreasing noise—both negative internal thoughts and excess external information—by just five percent you can substantially improve your chances of finding that positive signal.”

– Shawn Achor

Teacher of Advanced Management Program for The Wharton School of Executive Education of The University of Pennsylvania


  • Set boundaries

  • Unplug

  • Take a day off

  • Turn the car radio off for 5 minutes of your drive

  • Limit the amount and content of what you watch/read/listen to

  • Simplicity – Clarify the why of your actions/behaviors

  • Mute commercials

  • Write a list of 5 positive aspects of achieving a specific goal

  • Replace negative self-talk with encouraging self-talk

  • Make time for moments of silence and deep breathing exercises

  • Meditation and quiet times

  • Get control of obsessive checking for new information

  • Differentiate between signal and noise by determining if it’s usable or unusable, timely or untimely, real or hypothetical, and focusing or distracting



Sleep & Calm by Moby (electronic)

Instrumental Study by Spotify (varied)

 Calming Acoustic by Spotify (acoustic guitar)

Soft Focus by Spotify (varied)

Perfect Concentration by Spotify (piano)

Lo-Fi by Spotify (electronic/beats)

All-Nighter by Spotify (electronic/trap beats)

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