Open loops create stress and distraction regardless of circumstances.

They are stored in short term memory and frequently polled to prompt action—even if action is not currently possible. This prompt for action creates stress and constant reminder creates distraction from whatever the task at hand is. This affects one’s ability to reach tranquil focus.rA1

  1. David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Revised edition (New York City: Penguin Books, 2015). (See notes.)