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10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus. A recent happiness study from Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert found that the more our minds wander, the less happy we are.

10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus

Summing the research, the New York Times wrote, “Whatever people were doing, whether it was having sex or reading or shopping, they tended to be happier if they focused on the activity instead of thinking about something else.” In short, being mentally “present” and focused on the task at hand really does matter – quite a lot, in fact.

If only finding focus were so simple. With a tidal wave of information coming at us daily, focus is rapidly becoming the scarcest commodity of the 21st century. With this in mind, I’ve rounded up a handful of the best apps for fighting back against the constant distractions of our digital lives. 1. If you find yourself slipping into a Twitter sinkhole when you should be updating your business plan, Self-Control may be the app you need. The Online Learning Blog from Study2U. Supposedly browsing the internet requires more brain power than watching television.

The Online Learning Blog from Study2U

Although judging from some of the websites we’ve come across that assumption is cast into doubt. Here’s some of the sites we like that might get your brain to sit up and listen. Ted A conference that started in 1984 bringing together experts in technology, entertainment and design quickly grew into so much more. The conference itself is invitation only, but the website features all the talks at the conference in high res video format.

New Scientist The New Scientist website carries new articles from the magazine as well as the NS archive of over 76,000 pieces. Big Think The Big Think website is a collection of ‘global thought leaders’ who offer their thoughts and analysis on world events and other important developments. Café Scientifque ‘for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology’ Breathing Earth Arts & Letters Daily How Stuff Works. 99U - powered by FeedBurner. Best of 2011: Our Most Popular Tips, Interviews & Think Pieces. How can we manage our energy and attention for peak performance?

Best of 2011: Our Most Popular Tips, Interviews & Think Pieces

How does a constant barrage of information affect our decision-making skills? How can we build better habits, embrace risk-taking, and truly realize our creative potential? We’re not saying we have all the answers, but this Best of 2011 collection does attempt to provide insight on these questions – and to empower you to work with more smarts, more purpose, and more results. 1. 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer We round up 25 nuggets of writing wisdom from Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Augusten Burroughs, Geoff Dyer, Steven Pressfield, and more. 2. Critical thinking web. We have over 100 online tutorials on different aspects of thinking skills.

Critical thinking web

They are organized into modules listed below and in the menu above. Our tutorials are used by universities, community colleges, and high schools around the world. The tutorials are completely free and under a Creative Commons license. More info We are currently updating the website. Maintained by Joe Lau, Philosophy Department, University of Hong Kong.

Companion textbook An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity: Think More, Think Better. Chinese version of this site 思方網 (Traditional Chinese) 思方网 (Simplified Chinese) DRUDGE REPORT 2012® Effortless personal-analytics. What do you do with my data?

Effortless personal-analytics

Your data belongs entirely to you. We do not sell or otherwise do anything with your data to put your privacy at risk. RescueTime Privacy. Idea Attack: The Merits of Multiplying Your Options. A fixation on our dwindling ability to focus has seized the zeitgeist of late.

Idea Attack: The Merits of Multiplying Your Options

Winifred Gallagher’s book Rapt brought the “attention” debate to the forefront of non-fiction, while countless computer programs (e.g. MinutesPlease, RescueTime) are designed to put your Facebook obsession in check so you can get on with the real work. Yet, writer, producer, and director Brian Swibel (Xanadu, Good Thing, Cubby Bernstein) attributes his success to taking an approach diametrically opposed to single-minded focus.Rather than sinking all of his attention into just one goal (or project), Swibel plays both ends – or maybe three, or four – against the middle. He says, “I started when I was 19, and I got some advice, which was ‘develop a lot of stuff,’ because you never know which one is going to hit first. Projects - Whirlpool of Knowledge. Have you any comments about the articles on this page?

Projects - Whirlpool of Knowledge

Visit Skytopia's Whirlpool of Knowledge Forum. How much is a pineapple worth? Is a strawberry really better than a cherry? What does that spikey fruit at the supermarket actually taste like - does it taste any good? Where does the humble apple fit into all this? What actually makes a piece of music or a picture..... good? Even though the majority of the optical illusions here are already popular, I have enhanced many with the use of animation.

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