Finding Flow this weekend. Anyone who watches sports is familiar with the concept of being "in the zone." Whether it is Kobe Bryant flying around and through defenders with seeming ease, Tom Brady knifing perfect spirals into tiny openings in the defense, Serena Williams humbling opponents with laser-like groundstrokes, or Nastia Liukin flying through one nearly perfect routine after another in the Beijing Olympic games, when an athlete is "in the zone" it seems he or she can do no wrong. And, it's not just athletes who experience being in the zone. Artists and performers of all types also achieve this exalted state. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced, mee-hy cheek-sent-mə-hy-ee) and colleagues have studied this phenomenon in athletes, musicians, dancers and others and given this zone state a name— flow . Researchers have learned that being in a flow state not only yields optimum performance, but it has other benefits as well.
Guest Post: How To Hack Your Environment For Maximum Learning This guest post was written by Andrianes Pinantoan. Andrianes is currently studying a TAFE course to be a freelance writer. When not working, he can be found with a camera in hand. You can find him on Google+. Back when I was in secondary school in Singapore, the usual place students went to study was McDonald’s. 2 years after I graduated from secondary school, a roommate of mine told me that “the place to study in” was the airport. How to Focus A Wandering Mind, by Wendy Hasenkamp New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus. We’ve all been there. You’re slouched in a meeting or a classroom, supposedly paying attention, but your mind has long since wandered off, churning out lists of all the things you need to do—or that you could be doing if only you weren’t stuck here… Suddenly you realize everyone is looking your way expectantly, waiting for an answer.
Don't Try To Prioritize, Work On Your Timing - Ari Meisel - The Art of Less Doing I’ve discussed at length how you should get rid of your to do list immediately and the harmful effects of the Zeigarnik Effect which is that voice in our subconscious that nags at us to finish the unfinished. People often ask me how they should prioritize the things they do because they look at their list of tasks and it’s a big mess. Every time they get something done they have to add two more things to the list. Well, not to belabor the point the list itself it the problem.
Meet the 12 year old with an IQ higher than Stephen Hawking’s - TNW Shareables (Build 20110318052756) As a three year old with a passion for stars he went on a tour of the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium at Butler University in Indianapolis. This is the day his mother Kristin Barnett would never forget (via the IndyStar): “We were in the crowd, just sitting, listening to this guy ask the crowd if anyone knew why the moons going around Mars were potato-shaped and not round.Jacob raised his hand and said, ‘Excuse me, but what are the sizes of the moons around Mars?’ ”The lecturer answered, and Jacob looked at him and said the “gravity of the planet . . . is so large that (the moon’s) gravity would not be able to pull it into a round shape.”Silence.
Focus: Single-Tasking and Productivity, by Leo Babauta ‘Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.’ ~Alexander Graham Bell as a low effort GTD tool « Licorize' Blog Licorize is not associated in any form with Mr. David Allen or its company, When referring to the GTD book, we will refer to Piatkus edition 2009. Here we consider Licorize as a tool which can help in using the Getting Things Done methodology. We also briefly introduce the methodology.
9 Science-Backed Methods for a Happier, More Productive Meeting If you have ever wanted to pop an escape hatch or teleport to distant worlds just to get out of a meeting, take heart. There are ways to hold a better meeting. Forward-thinking companies have found creative ways to get their teams together, and their lessons and structure can be easily duplicated in meetings anywhere. These creative methods aren’t just clever for cleverness’s sake: Most of them are science-backed and all of them are grounded in successful experience. With just a handful of hacks, meetings can be speedier, more productive, and more enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are 9 outside-the-box ideas—and the science and success behind them—that you can discuss … at your next meeting, I guess.