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Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work
Editor's Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list. One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually do. On many occasions, I find myself convinced that there is a certain way to do things, only to find out that actually that’s the completely wrong way to think about it. For example, I always found it fairly understandable that we can multitask. Well, according to the latest research studies, it’s literally impossible for our brains to handle two tasks at the same time. Recently, I came across more of these fascinating experiments and ideas that helped a ton to adjust my workflow towards how our brain actually works (instead of how I thought it does). So here are 10 of the most surprising things our brain does and what we can learn from this information. 1. Here’s how it breaks down: For night owls, this is obviously a much later period in the day. 2. 3. 4. Improved memory 5. 6. Related:  DESIGNDreams & Meditation

Empower Your Willpower This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. One of my fundamental beliefs about money is that it mostly comes down to self-control: Making yourself do the right things and preventing yourself from doing the wrong things. Robert Brokamp: Can I change my willpower or am I just born with the willpower that I have? Brokamp: Explain the concept “ego depletion” and how when you exercise willpower, you tire it out.Baumeister: Yes, exactly like a muscle, that as you exercise it, it will get tired. Brokamp: During the course of the day, we are subjected to many temptations. Another important point is to understand how mind and body work together. Brokamp: What kind of exercise will increase your willpower? So to practice it, try working on habits, and my advice is to start with an easy one.

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Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don't Really Need 6-8 Hours! Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle, which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout history. The other 4 are considered polyphasic sleep cycles due to the multiple number of naps they require each day. How is this possible? How is this healthy? Well the most important of every sleep cycle is the Stage 4 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which has been shown to provide the benefits of sleep to the brain above all other stages of sleep. This way, you still get the benefits of 8 hours of sleep without wasting all of the time it takes to get to REM cycles, resulting in a much more efficient sleep cycle. Uberman Cycle: 20 to 30 minute naps every 4 hours, resulting in 6 naps each day. Everyman Cycle: One longer “core” nap that is supplemented with several 20-30 minute naps. Dymaxion Cycle:

The Pomodoro Technique® What is The Pomodoro Technique? EASY for anyone to use! Improves productivity IMMEDIATELY! FUN to do! Why Pomodoro? The Pomodoro Technique isn’t like any other time-management method on the market today. For many people, time is an enemy. Essential to the Pomodoro Technique is the notion that taking short, scheduled breaks while working eliminates the “running on fumes” feeling you get when you’ve pushed yourself too hard. Whether it’s a call, a Facebook message, or suddenly realizing you need to change the oil in your car, many distracting thoughts and events come up when you’re at work. Most of us are intimately acquainted with the guilt that comes from procrastinating. Who does the technique work for? These are all ways real folks use the Pomodoro Technique: Motivate yourself to write.Limit distractions.Keep track of how long you’re spending brainstorming / writing / revising.Reduce back and neck pain by walking around during Pomodoro breaks.Draft a book in three weeks. How It works

About | ?What If! or 20 years, ?What If! has partnered with organizations hungry for growth. We invent new products, brands, services, and business models, and we help our partners build their in-house innovation capabilities. Our style is provocative and passionate. They're not just the principles that set our approach to innovation apart; they're behaviors hard-wired into the ? Obsessed with the end goal. Les trois protagonistes de notre vie : sensation, émotion, pensée Réagissez : Partagez : L’interaction entre le corps et l’esprit se manifeste au quotidien et pourtant, l’idée la plus courante est de considérer le corps d’un côté et les mouvements de l’esprit de l’autre. Fidélité de notre culture à la pensée cartésienne, le potentiel de cette interaction reste inexploité. L’éternelle dualité corps-esprit relève de débats abstraits, loin de notre « day by day »… Alors à quoi ressemble la réalité ? Celle que l’on sent et que l’on peut observer par nous-mêmes ? Arrêtez-vous un instant et souvenez-vous de l’autre matin, au réveil… Vous débarquez dans le salon, pieds nus, et, d’un coup, votre petit orteil se cogne sur le coin de la table basse. La journée se prolonge dans l’humeur tendue d’un travail prenant, trop prenant. Prendre conscience des émotions et mécanismes intérieurs Pour mieux comprendre la mise en scène de ce type d’événement, encore faut-il identifier quels en sont les acteurs et leur imbrication. La sensation, l’émotion et la pensée.

Why we screw up when the heat is on - life - 11 July 2011 Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 Psychologist Sian Beilock has investigated what happens in the brain when our performance crumbles under pressure. She talked to Tiffany O'Callaghan about what it takes to stay on form under stress, and why being smarter can be more hindrance than help What made you want to research what you've called "the science of why people screw up"? This phenomenon is known as "choking": what does this mean exactly? What is going on when we are under pressure? You say people with more cognitive horsepower may be more likely to fail. We had people do mathematics problems that could be solved by working through a complicated algorithm, or by using a shortcut. Those with more cognitive horsepower are also folks who tend to over-think and analyse. How can you avoid worry? A mathematical problem presented horizontally - "32 - 17 = ??" How did you find out that paying less attention can improve performance? New Scientist Not just a website! More From New Scientist

5 Design Principles for Life For the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most creative and inspiring people—designers. By design, I mean namely graphic, industrial, and architectural designers, plus a sprinkle of UI/UX folks from personal ties. They are the tinkers. The doers. 1. Arguably the ultimate test of successful design, we too should be driven by bringing clarity to an objective, situation, or solution. Seeking clarity also means knowing when to raise your hand when you need help. 2. Once you know what you want to solve, design hierarchy is about prioritization. To help me prioritize, I try to employ the 2-minute rule: if a task can be completed in less than 2-minutes, do it immediately. 3. Designers have a love/hate relationship with constraints—but the outcome is always more impressive with them. Growing up in an immigrant family, I quickly learned the value of a good deal. Whatever life throws at you—embrace the challenge. 4. Start with your best guess.Test the idea. 5.

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