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Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Pay Attention to Wayfinding

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Finding your way as you drive, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Uncategorized, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Tips for the Directionally Challenged: Pay Attention to Wayfinding

 

If you’re directionally challenged, here’s a simple, but important tip: pay close attention to wayfinding on all your journeys, large and small, indoors and outdoors.

These days, so many distractions compete for your attention – digital devices, conversations, radio talk and music – that it’s hard to concentrate on any one thing. But it’s really important to focus on finding your way, especially if it doesn’t come easily to you.

Here’s why: If you’re driving, it’s easy to miss a turn or whiz right on by an entrance if you’re thinking about something else. If you’re not concentrating, you may not even notice you’ve gone too far. Backtracking will take extra time, make you late, and lead you to feel turned around since you’ll now be approaching your destination from the opposite direction.

Wayfinding requires a lot of quick decisions. By minimizing distractions, you free up part of your brain so it can deal with your inner wayfinding conversation: “Is this the right route? Am I heading east?  Is that my turn?  This looks like the place, but I can’t see the address. . .”

Do yourself a favor and rather than multi-tasking as you navigate, try uni-tasking instead!

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What’s your favorite wayfinding tip?

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If you’re directionally challenged you need Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant. www.directionalsense.com

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