Life makes that cadence happen as much as anything, but all of my significant strides forward in technique and creative breakthrough have come shortly after breaking long dry spells. And that’s not to say there haven’t been disappointing breaks where everything feels cumbersome or fruitless. But all of my noticeable improvements playing have come after a significant stretch of time not playing, even if they were followed by significant time practicing.
When it comes to a lot of things I do repetitively, I notice that there comes a point where either my skill doesn't improve or I actually get worse at what I'm doing. Then I'll take a day or more off, and when I come back suddenly I'm a total boss. The brain probably needs rest time to throw out the bad input and that can't happen as much during execution.
Zhang Sanfeng demonstrated the whole taichi sword form to Zhang Wuji repeatedly, and after each demonstration, asked Zhang Wuji “how much have you forgotten?”
Zhang Wuji instantly got it and each time replied that he has forgotten more and more, while Zhang Wuji’s subordinates watched on the side and became more and more worried that their hierarch was forgetting his martial arts.
Since I don't really know anything about brain science and know a little about computer science I find it pretty hard to escape that metaphor and imagine how a brain can function without doing what a computer does. This type of article does give me a bit of an inkling though.
That’s why I hate year long lawsuits. I keep have to remember the details until the cases are settled. I want to move into woods to live in peace…
This sounds like a grotesquely inadequate explanation of memory, along the lines of "vapours"
“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.” ~ Nikola Tesla
I rather like this idea that my brain is a receiver and my memories are stored in the cloud
Personally, with gaming, I had some improvements coming from restarting a habit but psychologically it is harder to suck more at something and working to get to your former performance. I have seen it in a lot of gamers. They get gud, for some reason they grow tired and leave, they return, they wonder at how out of shape they are, they play a while and leave again when they realize how much they have to work to get to top tier. Ofc I am not referring to games based on the amount of time and money you waste on them, but skill based old school FPS shooters.