5 Tips to Improve Your Focus and Concentration When TV newscaster Diane Sawyer was asked the secret to her success, she said, "I think the one lesson I've learned is there is no substitute for paying attention." Are you thinking, "I agree, but how do we improve our ability to focus and maintain attention—no matter what?" These five focus tips can help you concentrate better whether you're working in a busy office, studying at school, sitting in a meeting, or trying to finish a project. F = Five More Rule There are two kinds of people—those who have learned how to work through frustration and those who wish they had. From now on, if you're in the middle of a task and tempted to give up, just do FIVE MORE. Read five more pages. Just as athletes build physical stamina by pushing past the point of exhaustion, you can build mental stamina by pushing past the point of frustration. O = One Think At a Time Samuel Goldwyn said, "If I look confused, it's because I'm thinking." Yes, the mind takes bribes. C = Conquer Procrastination Remember?
Brain Rules: Brain development for parents, teachers and business leaders | Brain Rules | Category:Creativity Techniques This A to Z of Creativity and Innovation Techniques, provides an introduction to a range of tools and techniques for both idea generation (Creativity) and converting those ideas into reality (Innovation). Like most tools these techniques all have their good and bad points. I like to think of these creativity and innovation techniques as tools in a toolbox in much the same way as my toolbox at home for DIY. It has a saw, spanner, hammer, knife and all sorts of other things in it, they are all very useful, but you have to pick the right tool (creativity / Innovation technique) for each job. This site will try and provide a little guidance along with each tool to let you know whether it's best used for cutting paper or putting in nails. For the future, the aim is to also have sub-categories which will identify Techniques for; Problem Definition - including problem analysis, redifinition, and all aspects associated with defining the problem clearly. Subcategories
How to Learn a Little Every Day Something can be said for knowing a little bit about a lot of things. Being an everyman or everywoman can propel you to a more efficient, productive and fulfilled personal and professional life. Whether it’s keeping up on current events, a new hobby or interest or simply any new idea, taking a small amount of time to learn something every day is a great way to add to your personal knowledgebase. Incorporating bits of learning into your every day experience puts you on a path to lifelong learning. Lifelong learning keeps you engaged in your environment, builds your knowledgebase, ensures that you use your mind, provides a sense of accomplishment and simply makes you feel good. Here are a few thoughts on how to incorporate learning a new thing each day into your routine.Make it part of your routine and give it 20 minutesAre you a “getting things done” kind of person? Think of learning a little bit in your daily routine as simple compound interest on your personal knowledgebase.
Hack Your Memory: 3 Basic Tricks to Remember Anything | Refocuser A few years ago my wife and I went on a two-week trek through Italy. Our final stop was Positano, a sleepy coastal town on the Amalfi Coast, and we read voraciously in the sun for days. It was fantastic. It was during this time that I read Mind Performance Hacks by Ron Hale-Evans (the picture is proof – that’s my 2006 self on a deck in Positano, with my then new glasses and a glass of Italian wine, reading this book. Skip to the bottom of this post to see one reason why it was so much fun to read there!) The book in general was a fascinating read – I took lots of notes in my Moleskine (which have since made their way into Evernote along with everything else). Memory is critically important in everyday life, yet we’re outsourcing our memory to search engines, Wikipedia, and other tools on a daily basis. We’ve since gotten lazy. The basic idea is this: for thousands of years, our ancestors spent a lot more time processing spatial data than they did with numbers. 1. 2. 3.
How Your Mind Really Works - Steve Pavlina How is it that your mind is capable of handling new situations you’ve never previously encountered? How do you solve a problem you’ve never solved before? Is this just the magic of consciousness, or is there an underlying process — or algorithm — your mind uses behind the scenes to deal with the unique experiences you encounter each day? Computers are still very inflexible at solving problems they’ve never seen, but your mind is not nearly so limited. Your ability to handle new situations goes way beyond behavior though. I think you’d agree that when trying to solve a new problem, the solution arises when you reach a certain level of understanding, even before you’ve taken any action. A problem-solving exercise Let’s consider a simple, real-world problem, with the goal of gaining insight into the key aspects of human intelligence. Suppose I tell you I just moved into a new house, and I have a problem. Pause for a moment to think about how you’d solve this problem. OK, good. How we learn
The Brain-Information about the Brain - StumbleUpon 1 Introduction “I think, therefore I am.” —René Descartes, 17th-century philosopher Few of us question the crucial importance of the brain. The brain makes up only 2 percent of our body weight, but it consumes 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe and 20 percent of the energy we consume. Scientists have worked for many years to unravel the complex workings of the brain. Despite these and other significant advances in the field of brain research, most of the processes responsible for the integrated functioning of billions of brain cells remain a mystery. An essential aspect of any scientific research is communicating results to the public in a way that is easily understood. To correctly interpret the information transmitted through these venues, we need a better understanding of basic concepts related to the brain. 2 Myths and Realities about the Brain As a result of the misinformation presented by various media, many people maintain misconceptions about the brain and brain function.
120 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power Here are 120 things you can do starting today to help you think faster, improve memory, comprehend information better and unleash your brain’s full potential. Solve puzzles and brainteasers.Cultivate ambidexterity. Use your non-dominant hand to brush your teeth, comb your hair or use the mouse. Write with both hands simultaneously. Switch hands for knife and fork.Embrace ambiguity. Readers’ Contributions Dance! Contribute your own tip! There are many, many ways to keep our brains sharp. Accelerate Learning | Scientific Learning Global
Brain Rules by John Medina - Book Review, Summary and Notes Knowing and being able to apply time management techniques is a great thing but to truly understand the principles behind them is whole other thing. To truly grasp the concepts you have to have a good understanding of how our brains work (neuroscience). Every time management expert I know, ranging from David Allen to Tony Schwartz, are all very knowledgeable on the brain and how it affects your personal productivity. One concept you really have to understand is that our brains of today are not very much different than the brains of thousands of years ago. Energy Management As a simple example, we are hardwired to walk, on average, 12 miles a day. The reality is, we are hardwired to exercise that much on a daily basis and it is helps our brain to stay healthy. Memory functionFocusReasoning skillsProblem solving skills All functions that the brain deals with. Another big factor contributing to your energy level is the amount of sleep you get each night. Multitasking Visual cues
Thinking like a genius: overview Thinking and recall series Problem solving: creative solutions "Even if you're not a genius, you can use the same strategies as Aristotle and Einstein to harness the power of your creative mind and better manage your future." The following strategies encourage you to think productively, rather than reproductively, in order to arrive at solutions to problems. "These strategies are common to the thinking styles of creative geniuses in science, art, and industry throughout history." Nine approaches to creative problem solving: Rethink! Exercise #2 illustrates how famous thinkers used these approaches. Exercise #1: illustrates applications of the nine approaches. Text of exercise:Nine approaches to creative problem solving: Rethink! Thinking and recall series
Memory strengthened by stimulating key site in brain Ever gone to the movies and forgotten where you parked the car? New UCLA research may one day help you improve your memory. UCLA neuroscientists have demonstrated that they can strengthen memory in human patients by stimulating a critical junction in the brain. Published in the Feb. 9 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, the finding could lead to a new method for boosting memory in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. The UCLA team focused on a brain site called the entorhinal cortex. "The entorhinal cortex is the golden gate to the brain's memory mainframe," explained senior author Dr. Fried and his colleagues followed seven epilepsy patients who already had electrodes implanted in their brains to pinpoint the origin of their seizures. Using a video game featuring a taxi cab, virtual passengers and a cyber city, the researchers tested whether deep-brain stimulation of the entorhinal cortex or the hippocampus altered recall.