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The Buffer blog: productivity, life hacks, writing, user experience, customer happiness and business.The Buffer blog: productivity, life hacks, writing, user experience, customer happiness and business.
5.8K Flares 5.8K Flares × We all know this and have heard it hundreds of times. To work efficiently we have to single task. No multitasking. And yet, we let it slip. We end up eating lunch in front of the TV with our laptop open. So one thing is for sure, we are all aware multitasking different things at the same time makes us less efficient. Recently I started to develop a new work routine online, that specifically focuses on singletasking only. To understand what actually goes on in our brains and see if it all makes sense, I went ahead and found some stunning research and answers to these questions: Why we multitask in the first place: It makes us feel good To understand why we always fall into the habit of multitasking, when we know we shouldn’t, I found some very interesting studies. “[People who multitask] are not being more productive — they just feel more emotionally satisfied from their work.” Unfortunately, exactly the opposite is the case. 1. 2. 3.

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Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students Practice Makes Perfect For many students, the brain isn't a hot topic of conversation. This is especially true for younger students who are still trying to understand the world around them, and are still far from developing physiological self-awareness of the very thing that gives them that self-awareness. But helping students develop "brain literacy" doesn't have to be a matter of dry science pumped full of confusing jargon. Understanding the brain can be empowering for students as they recognize their ability to strengthen it each time they use it. As a teacher, you can emphasize how using the executive functions, both in the classroom and outside of school, increases their strength for academic success. Why You Need a Daily Prioritization Meeting We live in a culture of urgency, constantly throwing our emotional energy into the latest public scandal, emergency, or cat video. Most of us work in always-switched-on companies where everything feels urgent. Call backs, emails, and meetings are wrought with peak energy. How quickly do you expect a response to an email or changes to a report? Because of this, I believe that prioritizing is the most essential skill a creative can possess.

Android: A visual history 292inShare Jump To Close Google’s Android operating system has undergone a pretty incredible metamorphosis since it debuted on the T-Mobile G1, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this week. Half a decade might seem like a long time, but on the scale of the PC's growth, it's a blink of an eye. You could make a pretty convincing argument that no consumer technology in history has evolved as quickly as the smartphone, and Android has been at the very center of that evolution. Critical Thinking Toolbox: How to Brainstorm Brainstorming is an essential part of critical thinking and a tool that people use to invent an idea, find a solution to a problem, or answer a question. Like: naming a puppy, or . . . Prehistoric Man: "I wonder why all the stars move around in the same way every night, except for just a few? Those few wander about from night to night."

Alone Time 37signals is spread out over four cities and eight time zones. From Provo, Utah to Copenhagen, Denmark, the five of us are eight hours apart. One positive side effect of this eight hour difference is alone time. Top 10 Game Center Apps 36 Shares Google+ 0 Twitter 30 Facebook 6 LinkedIn 0 inShare0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 36 Shares × Want to rank #1 on Apple’s global leaderboards? Compete with your friends for the top spot while racking up those achievement points! iOS 4.1 lets you experience social gaming in a whole new way. But not sure which games to buy? Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management Image credit: iStockphoto Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. During the school year, students are expected to listen to and absorb vast amounts of content. But how much time has been devoted to equipping students with ways to disconnect from their own internal dialogue (self-talk) and to focus their attention fully on academic content that is being presented?

Ignore Details Early On We're crazy about details. The space between objectsThe perfect type leadingThe perfect colorThe perfect wordsFour lines of code instead of seven90% vs 89%760px vs 750px$39/month vs. $49/month Success and satisfaction are in the details. However, success isn't the only thing you'll find in the details. 15 Android Games You Should Be Playing 114 Shares Google+ 42 Twitter 27 Facebook 40 LinkedIn 4 inShare4 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 1 1 Buffer 0 114 Shares × I’ve recently been gaming a lot more on my Android tablet. It still holds true that iOS tends to have more polished, quality software than Android, but recently that has started to change. Developers have started taking notice that Android devices own a significant portion of the mobile market. This is lucky for those of us who own Android tablets and phones because we are finally starting to see some really enjoyable and well-polished games.

102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For Brain-Based Teaching 102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For, Well, Brain-Based Teaching by Sara Bass Researchers in neuroscience, psychology and education are uncovering new information about how brains learn best at an unbelievable pace. How to Make Things Happen This is an excerpt from Making Things Happen, my bestselling book on leading project teams. One myth of project management is certain people have an innate ability to do it well, and others do not. Whenever this myth came up in conversation with other project managers, I asked for an explanation —how to recognize it, categorize it, and, if possible, develop it in others. The only thing we usually identified—after considering many of the other topics covered in this book—is the ability to make things happen. Some people can apply skills in the combinations necessary to move projects forward, and others cannot, even if they have similar skills.

Pioneer AppRadio 2 128 Shares Google+ 102 Twitter 20 Facebook 5 LinkedIn 1 inShare1 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 128 Shares × For Car Audio aficionados we’re talking about a double din sized head with a MOSFET power amp with four 50-watt channels. If you already have a power amp you’re happy with, the head has two sets of RCA jacks, front and rear, and a subwoofer out. How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation for eLearning Professionals How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation for eLearning Professionals In his book, The Art of Changing the Brain, Dr. James Zull , notably suggested how David Kolb's famous four-phase model of the learning cycle can be mapped into four major brain processes. He believed that better understanding the learning processes that occurs in the brain encourages a more flexible approach to learning. It does, by extension, help us become better eLearning developers and learners.

5 Things We Need For Sustainable Performance At Work We all want to perform well at work and live a fulfilling life. It all gets down to these two simple needs. If we take a minute to contemplate that a bit more, those two simple needs further get down to a few simple actions. I’m writing this for those folks who work in offices at computer screens: software developers and others.