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Brain Hacks

Brain Hacks
...For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is a question of cubic capacity, " said he; "a man with so large a brain must have something in it Not everyone is born with a big brain. If you’re looking to improve mental cognition, increase your memory, and enhance your alertness, here are 15 easy ways to give your brain a six-pack. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. First, know how you learn. Second, the most effective way to remember facts is by forming multiple associations. Third, rinse and repeat. 14. 15.

69 Awesome Brain Hacks That Give You Mind-Blowing Powers #49. You Can Tell How Much Someone Drinks From Their Eye Color There comes a time in every man's life when it will be necessary to drink another guy under the table. We merely follow them to their inevitable, disastrous conclusion. So naturally you'll pick out some blond-haired, blue-eyed pretty boy who looks like two Bud Lights would have him over a toilet. How? Picking the blue-eyed guy was a bad move. "I can't even get through my breakfast changing without a fifth of SoCo." A study of thousands of white men (all of them prisoners) found that for some reason, those with light eye colors like blue, green, gray or hazel, can handle more alcohol than men with dark eyes. "No, no. Even more interesting is the fact that this result was predicted before the study. As for what eye color has to do with alcohol tolerance, scientists are still on the fence. "You unbelievable bastard. #48. Person + Computer = Sociopath. Not only that, the email users actually felt justified in lying. #47. #46. #45.

5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness Much of the brain is still mysterious to modern science, possibly because modern science itself is using brains to analyze it. There are probably secrets the brain simply doesn't want us to know. But by no means should that stop us from tinkering around in there, using somewhat questionable and possibly dangerous techniques to make our brains do what we want. We can't vouch for any of these, either their effectiveness or safety. #5. So you just picked up the night shift at your local McDonald's, you have class every morning at 8am and you have no idea how you're going to make it through the day without looking like a guy straight out of Dawn of the Dead, minus the blood... hopefully. "SLEEEEEEEEEP... uh... What if we told you there was a way to sleep for little more than two hours a day, and still feel more refreshed than taking a 12-hour siesta on a bed made entirely out of baby kitten fur? Holy Shit! We're pretty sure Kramer did this once on Seinfeld. How Does It Work? #4. #3. 1. 2. 3.

How To Set Goals For The Life You Actually Want It’s a commonly accepted sentiment that setting goals will lead you to success. Many of us believe life will be better by reaching those goals, so we make our plans, put our nose to the grindstone, and work our butts off until we’re there. Many high achievers I’ve worked with over the years reach their goals, but they end up missing their lives in the process--and not in a trivial “I’m-working-too-hard-to-have-friends” kind of way. No, they reach their goals and discover they were the wrong goals and the wrong path to get there. Here’s how to set the right goals for the life you actually want: 1. The first step to setting goals that will bring you an awesome life is to stop setting goals that will bring you a sucky life. Most goals are about a destination. 2. Instead of setting life goals, think about setting a life direction. Ask yourself: How do I want to spend my time? Now set your goal. Any number of goals could send Chris on a different journey. How do I want to spend my time? 3.

4 Lean Strategies You Can Use To Innovate Your Life Wouldn’t it be great if we could extract the strategies that go into developing the world’s greatest technological advances and use them for our own personal development? The most common methodology used today to bring about these advances is the lean innovation strategy. When Eric Ries released his book The Lean Startup in 2011 his approach to product development created a global movement. Everyone from startups acquired by Google to corporate giants like General Electric and Dropbox have adopted it. Here are four tips for innovating your life by going lean: 1. When Apple first thought of the iPod, Steve Jobs didn’t specifically set out saying he wanted a device with a stainless steel back, a navigating scroll wheel, and storage for your entire music library. As humans, we often disregard our long-term goals because we want immediate benefits for our actions. Like Apple, your vision is the most critical part of achieving what you want in life and enjoying it along the way. 2. 3. 4.

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. 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 When Mike decides to start writing his History essay, blood rushes to his anterior prefrontal cortex. Phase 2: Find and Execute The alert carries an electrical charge that’s composed of two parts: first, a search query (which is needed to find the correct neurons for executing the task of writing), and second, a command (which tells the appropriate neuron what to do). Phase 3: Disengagement 1. 2. 3. 4.

10 best competitive intelligence tools from 10 experts Posted on October 19, 2014 by Rob Petersen inShare117 Sun Tzu’s wisdom in The Art of War is as true today as it was in 500 B.C. Competitive Intelligence is the gathering of publicly-available information about an enterprise’s competitors and the use of that information to gain a business advantage. The goals of competitive intelligence include discerning potential business risks and opportunities and enabling faster reaction to competitors’ actions and events. If Sun Tzu were with us today, he would probably be using digital competitive intelligence tools to understand his adversaries. Here are 10 experts giving us their best competitive intelligence tools: GOOGLE TRENDS: Measuring individual sites (yours or competitor) is good but the real fun in this is comparing trends. COMPETE: Has a useful interface, speaks the right language (unique visitors, visits, etc.), offers the ability to compare multiple sites, and its data is easy to understand and well presented.

Beating Procrastination It's Friday afternoon and the clock is ticking. You're working furiously to complete a task before the five o'clock deadline, while silently cursing yourself for not starting it sooner. How did this happen? What went wrong? Well, there were the hours that you spent re-reading emails and checking social media, the excessive "preparation," the coffee breaks, and the time spent on other tasks that you could have safely left for next week. Sound familiar? Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into. In this article and video, we look at why it happens, and we explore strategies for managing and prioritizing your workload more effectively. Do you choose more enjoyable tasks over high-priority ones? Is Procrastination the Same as Being Lazy? Procrastination is often confused with laziness, but they are very different. Procrastination is an active process – you choose to do something else instead of the task that you know you should be doing. How to Overcome Procrastination Warning: Tip:

Is This a Morning Task? Scheduling Important Activities for the Right Time of Day When are you at your most energetic? © iStockphoto/LP7 Like many of us, Alys's job has a mix of regular, routine duties that are usually urgent – as well as longer-term, more important tasks that are usually less urgent. She spends her mornings on the urgent tasks that she must get done. The problem is that she's a morning person. In this article, we'll examine how to find your best time of day (or week), and how to schedule tasks around that. Note: OK, some things do have to be done right away. Step 1: Find Your Peak Times Each one of us has a different "peak time" or highest-energy time during the day. Most people know instinctively when their "up" times are and when their "down" times are. If you're not sure when your peak times are... ... for the complete article: Mind Tools Club members, click here. Join the Mind Tools Club to finish this article AND get 1,000 more resources Join now for just $1, first month

Improve Your Concentration Achieving Focus Amid Distractions Learn how to improve your concentration, in this short video. How many times have you sat at your desk and tried to focus on a task, only to find that your mind is wandering? Despite your best intentions, you just can't concentrate. We've all been in this familiar, frustrating situation, and it's something that can really undermine your performance. In this article, we'll review strategies to improve your concentration and reduce your daily distractions. Environment Your personal work environment plays a large role in your ability to concentrate. Here are some ideas for improving your physical environment: Make sure you're comfortable – Start by ensuring that your chair and desk are at the right height for you to work comfortably. Nutrition Follow some simple nutritional tips: Drink water – Many of us don't think about drinking water while we're at work, yet dehydration can make us feel tired, irritable, slow, or even sick. Mindset Key Points

Effective Scheduling Planning to Make the Best Use of Your Time Google Calendar is a trademark of Google Inc. MS Outlook is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Hard work doesn’t always equate to a job well done. © iStockphoto/SumikoPhoto It's the end of another busy working day and, even though you came into the office early and left late, you don't feel as if you've accomplished anything significant. It's all too easy for this to happen. That's why it's so important to know how to schedule your time properly. The Importance of Scheduling Scheduling is the art of planning your activities so that you can achieve your goals and priorities in the time you have available. Understand what you can realistically achieve with your time.Make sure you have enough time for essential tasks.Add contingency time for "the unexpected." Time is the one resource that we can't buy, but we often waste it or use it ineffectively. How to Schedule Your Time There are a number of different tools to choose from. Key Points

25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before. 1. This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. 2. Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course? 3. Guitar is one of the few instruments out there that’s actually pretty easy to learn if you’re a little older, making it one of the most accessible instruments. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

Free Software for College Students - StumbleUpon If you’re in college, check out these eight lesser known, but still indispensable software applications for your computer. We bet these will be as useful as Dropbox and Evernote! Photo by Samantha Decker. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. 1. Connectify Connectify lets you share your laptop’s internet connection with others nearby. The app shows up in the system tray once you install it. 2. Panda USB Vaccine completely disables autorun on your computer. In addition to disabling autorun, the tool can also create a dummy autorun.inf file on removable drives, thereby “vaccinating” them from getting infected. 3. WordWeb is free and does one thing really, really well. WordWeb works when you’re offline and it could obviously help you improve your vocabulary. 4. If you frequently come back to your dorm room just to take back that pen drive you missed, Pen Drive Reminder is a must-have. 5. Using Wunderlist, you can create tasks and notes. 6. 7. 8.

Bob, champion de la procrastination L'année dernière (2012), la branche "Sécurité informatique" de Verizon a réalisé un audit pour l'un de ses clients et ce qu'elle a découvert est réellement hallucinant ! Je vous raconte... La société auditée a mis en place depuis plusieurs mois, un VPN avec authentification en 2 étapes pour permettre à ses informaticiens de travailler à la maison. Mais après avoir regardé les logs du VPN, le responsable de la sécurité est tombé sur des accès directs en provenance de Chine. Ça craint à mort puisque la société en question est dans un secteur industriel sensible, que l'authentification en 2 étapes tourne avec des clés RSA uniques générées toutes les x secondes, et que le développeur qui est censé utiliser cette connexion VPN depuis chez lui, n'est pas chez lui, mais devant son poste de travail, au bureau. Pour le responsable de la sécurité, ça sent le hacking à plein nez ! Bob, développeur, la quarantaine, maitrisant le C, C++, Perl, java, Ruby, PHP, python...etc. Source et Photo

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work The study, which was conducted in September by Mindlab International on behalf of MusicWorks, the joint campaign from music licensing companies PRS for Music and PPL, found that participants made the most mistakes when not listening to any music at all. "Music is a key tool for business success," said Christine Geissmar, operations director at PPL. Here's what you should listen to at work. Classical music: if your work involves numbers or attention to detail Workers were better at solving mathematical problems when listening to classical music, which improved accuracy by 12pc compared to listening to no music at all. Pop music: if your work involves data entry or working to deadlines Participants listening to pop music completed data entry tasks 58pc faster than when listening to no music at all. Ambient music: if your work involves solving equations Dance music: if your work involves proof-reading and problem solving