Do you use loops? – Is it good or bad for us?
I got out of bed this morning and went across the corridor to my office, walked through the door and looked around and thought, “Oh my God.”
So what is a loop? In any sort of training we use what we call loops it’s when you open something. It could be the opening of a sentence, a bit of story like I’ve just done or even a project, then at some other time we close them.
The reason this works well in any sort of training is that the unconscious mind is really focused on the incomplete sentence, story or project and recognises that it needs finishing. It’s called the Zeigarnik effect where we start something and plan to finish it a bit later.
So are loops good or bad?
The brain likes an open loop because it’s looking for closure – there is always more. However, if we close a loop we then lose that motivation because there is nothing for our mind to focus on. Alternatively, if we don’t close the loops then there is no space to open new ones and that affects our motivation because we have lots of clutter in our thinking.
Watch the video and then have a think about the activity below:
Try this out, you’ll be surprised what you’ll find.
- Make a list of your open loops.
- Make a list of your open loops that need closing.
- Make a list of your closed loops that need opening.
- Make of list of any new loops that you want to open.
Have a think about your loops and how you are using them and what you need to do about them.
I realised whilst doing this blog that I am an opener of loops rather than a closer. I have lots of loops open, lots of projects and some of them are appropriate and some are not. I’m an ideas person so there are lots of open loops and nothing is closed which leads to clutter both physically and in my head which isn’t always very good for organisation or motivation – we’ll discuss this next week.
“Oh my God,” I thought, I really don’t know what’s where, some things are organised and some are not, there are lots of things I need to do, lots of things to sort out. In the end I just picked everything up and put it in the spare room and started again. I closed the loop so I could have space to open another or work on a loop already open. I know there will come a time when I’ll need to reopen that loop again but that’s for another day!
If you have an loops that you are having difficulty with whether it’s closing, opening or even reopening them, then get in touch. I can help you sort that out really quickly and help you to be the person you want to be.
Until next week
Dr Bridget- looping the loop.