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How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused

How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused
As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain’s limitations and working around them can improve your focus and increase your productivity. Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today's digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. "Distractions signal that something has changed," says David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work (HarperCollins, 2009). Related: 8 Tips for Finding Focus and Nixing Distractions While multitasking is an important skill, it also has a downside. To make matters worse, distraction feels great. Related: The Truth About Multitasking: How Your Brain Processes Information Ultimately, the goal is not constant focus, but a short period of distraction-free time every day. Try these three tips to help you become more focused and productive:

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success. Much of that understanding stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, synthesized in her remarkably insightful Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library) — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality.

5 Ways To Innovate By Cross-Pollinating Ideas Editors’ note: The following is an adapted excerpt of InGenius (Harper One) by Tina Seelig. What happens when you cross a checkerboard with a midnight snack? You get edible checkers, sold with the motto "beat ’em and eat ’em." These are just a few of the wonderfully fanciful ideas in John Cassidy and Brendan Boyle’s The Klutz Book of Inventions. This is similar to the philosophy behind the Japanese art of chindōgu, which involves coming up with "unuseless" inventions. 1. Being able to connect and combine nonobvious ideas and objects is essential for innovation and a key part of the creative-thinking process. Alan Murray, head of the School of Design at the Edinburgh College of Art, gave his former graduate students at the Technical University of Eindhoven a surprising assignment to help them hone these skills. 2. On a different scale, this type of cross-pollination takes place in our communities as ideas are randomly rearranged from cross-cultural sources. 3. 4. 5.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Testing a Business Idea You've got a business idea you're jazzed about, but aren't sure if it's feasible. What you need to do is test the concept to see how it stands up to a series of rigorous questions. "You are always testing," says Andre Marquis, Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. "What you start with is rarely what you end up with." Where to begin? 1. 2. 3. 4. Related: How to Sharpen Your Decision-Making Skills 5. 6. 7. Related: 9 Proven Sales Tips for Introverts 8. 9. 10.

8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals. On his computer sat even more stray objects than his surrounding environment. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration In the above account, Mike’s obviously stuck in a routine that many of us may have found ourselves in, yet in the moment we feel it’s almost an impossible routine to get out of. When we constantly multitask to get things done, we’re not multitasking, we’re rapidly shifting our attention. Phase 1: Blood Rush Alert Phase 2: Find and Execute Phase 3: Disengagement

How To Stay Productive After Work I've had to come to terms with this. I have ideas for things that would be cool, but I'm usually too tired in the evening. After getting everyone fed, I just want to sit on the couch and watch YouTube. My husband has been great, nudging me towards not beating myself up over needing to relax. This article is probably for the single people on this site with no kids (93% of readers). Also, why YouTube? I am seriously addicted to Let's Plays of various RPGs, especially ones that I played when I was a kid, but only vaguely remember now. I could play them, true, but then I'd be up until 4am.

10 passos para ganhar a vida fazendo o que gosta Tem muita gente que adora o que faz e é apaixonado pela própria carreira, mas também tem muita gente que está preso a um emprego que não gosta ou pelo menos que não os motiva. Trabalhar fazendo o que você adora é bom para você e para seu empregador, sem dúvida. Mas como transformar o sonho em realidade? Veja estas 10 dicas para transformar sua paixão em carreira: 1 – Busca espiritual Para ganhar a vida fazendo o que gosta, é preciso primeiro gastar um tempo pensando sobre o que te traz prazer. Para isto, pense no assunto e descubra quais são as coisas que você gosta de fazer, incluindo o máximo de detalhes e informações específicas que for possível, sem categorizar em uma carreira ou indústria específica. Somente depois de ter uma lista do que você gosta de fazer, você deve pensar nas carreiras que se encaixam nesta lista. 2 – Separe um tempo para fazer acontecer Agende um tempo para elaborar o plano que vai te levar lá, e escreva esse plano, mesmo que ele seja detalhado em pequenos passos.

How To Stop Overthinking – 9 Simple Habits What is holding people back from the life that they truly want to live? I’d say that one very common and destructive thing is that they think too much. They overthink every little problem until it becomes bigger and scarier and it actually is. Overthink positive things until they don’t look so positive anymore. Or overanalyze and deconstruct things and so the happiness that comes from just enjoying something in the moment disappears. Now, thinking things through can be a great thing of course. I know. But in the past 8 years or so I have learned how to make this issue so small that it very rarely pops up anymore. In this article I would like to share 9 habits that have helped me in a big, big way to become a simpler and smarter thinker and to live a happier and less fearful life. 1. It is very easy to fall into the trap of overthinking minor things in life. So when you are thinking and thinking about something ask yourself: Will this matter in 5 years? 2. Here’s what have worked for me. 3. 4.

21 Chrome Web apps for serious work | Applications The Chrome browser is rapidly gaining fans and developers are responding by creating apps that will help keep you productive in Google's browser. Add these 21 apps to a Chromebook, and you'll have great tools for working anywhere. Some of these apps, like Citrix Receiver, will run only on a Chromebook. Most, however, will run in the Chrome browser on any OS, and some are just links to a Web page. Google Chromebooks, by the way, keep gaining features that make them more appealing as thin clients in a business setting. The latest update to the Chrome OS brought VPN and secure Wi-Fi support (802.1X), in addition to speed boosts.

Um método incomum para superar a fome e emagrecer Uma nova pesquisa da Universidade de Waseda, no Japão, revelou que gastar apenas alguns minutos pulando corda pode ser a maneira perfeita de reduzir o apetite e perder peso. Essa atividade é melhor que outras, como ciclismo, para afastar a fome e reduzir a ingestão de calorias. Embora seja popular entre pugilistas e conhecida por ser uma excelente forma de exercício aeróbico, acredita-se ser a primeira vez que cientistas demonstram o poderoso efeito que pular corda tem sobre a fome. 7 exercícios que detonam a gordura para praticar em casa (ou nas redondezas) O estudo Os pesquisadores recrutaram 15 homens em seus vinte e poucos anos e pediram que eles jejuassem por 12 horas antes de participar de uma experiência para ver que tipo de exercício funcionava melhor. Os homens então passaram por três testes separados. Mais tarde, repetiram o exercício, desta vez usando uma bicicleta estática.

Your Evolved Intuitions Part of the sequence: Rationality and Philosophy We have already examined one source of our intuitions: attribute substitution heuristics. Today we examine a second source of our intuitions: biological evolution. Evolutionary psychology Evolutionary psychology1 has been covered on Less Wrong many times before, but let's review anyway. Lions walk on four legs and hunt for food. Certain evolved psychological mechanisms in humans are part of what makes us like each other and not like lions, skunks, and spiders. These mechanisms evolved to solve specific adaptive problems. An an example of evolutionary psychology at work, consider the 'hunter-gatherer hypothesis' that men evolved psychological mechanisms to aid in hunting, while women evolved psychological mechanisms to aid in gathering.6 This hypothesis leads to a list of bold predictions. And as it turns out, all these predictions are correct.7 (And no, evolutionary psychologists do not only offer 'postdictions' or 'just so' stories. Notes

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