“If you’re good at it, self-generated thought [mind wandering] can be life-affirmingly constructive.”
What you do at lunch can either make or break the rest of the day. So here’s what successful people do at lunch.
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Here is a basic run down of why you can’t stay focused…
- After 12 seconds of effort, your neurons are running on empty.
- They first look to glial cells for lactate, a readily used sugar.
- If glial cells can’t find lactate, they look for glycogen, which they store up at night and later convert to energy.
- If your neurons can’t find lactate or glycogen, they get exhausted—enabling other parts of your brain to call for attention.
“Optimal goals lead us toward who we are and can be in our lives. A life oriented toward optimal goals is not necessarily a stress-free or error-free life, but it is a life that you can look back on at the end of the day or the end of the road with a sense of it having been worth it.”
“When our phones are constantly buzzing, they don’t let us monotask on the complex problems we have to deal with—undoing any creativity before it gets done. So put that thing into airplane mode—then you can really fly.”
Good morning and TGIF! Here are a few tips to help you be more productive today:
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- Why your career should be a grand experiment
Have a lovely day!
Stop multitasking. It’s not doing you any good.
Here are some tips to help you rock this day:
- How to set goals that will keep you fulfilled and focused.
- To boost productivity, turn your daily goals into a game.
- Increase your productivity with just two questions.
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“The mere thought of pleasant alternatives made people concentrate less.”
Have you ever wondered why you only manage to accomplish half of the things on your summer to-do list? Science has the answer.
"After smell, music is the fastest, most user-friendly way to influence and reset your brain networks without using an external substance," explains Michele Hoos of the Daily Muse.
You’re already putting on your headphones to block out your coworkers but is your work playlist helping or hurting you?
"We learn more and retain more. Creative pathways are opened up as we engage more of our senses. Forming letters by strokes, as opposed to selecting each by keys, opens regions of the brain involving thinking, language, and memory that are not opened through typing. Writing, real writing, makes you smarter.”
Need to get focused? Try turning off your computer and doing some good old fashioned hand-writing.
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What is the scientific connection between coffee shops and creativity?
University of Illinois researchers found that the level of noise that matches the bustle of a coffeeshop—around 70 decibels—spurs more creative performance than the quiet of 50 decibels or the distracting, blender-volume of 85 decibels. Why?
It’s called a lilac chaser. You’ve seen it before. It’s an optical illusion with a small black cross in the middle, encircled by twelve blurry lilac-colored dots. A green dot animates over the lilacs as though counting the time on a futuristic clock. Stare at the cross long enough and the lilacs disappear, one by one. But the moment you get distracted and look away, the lilacs come back.
The black cross is the work you do. The lilacs are all the things ancillary to your work. They’re the small choices you’ve made around your black cross: the time you wake up, the tools you use, what you have for breakfast, when you check your email, and so on. They’re the various aspects of a daily routine—things that, when fixed in place, disappear with the passage of time.
“… it’s better to work highly focused for short periods of time, with breaks in between, than to be partially focused for long periods of time. Think of it as a sprint, rather than a marathon. You can push yourself to your limits for short periods of time, so long as you have a clear stopping point. And after a rest, you can sprint again.”
“Most people want to behave in ways that are consistent with their self-image as competent, effective, and honest human beings. Yet, even when they are fully committed to acting according to their best intentions, they often reach outcomes that bear little resemblance to their initial goals.”