Five neurolifehacks: how to improve brain productivity
The rapidly developing science of neurobiology is discovering more and more exciting features of our brain. We decided to see how you can use the long-known postulates and the latest discoveries in this field. And here are a few neuro hacks to help boost your brain’s productivity.
№1 Your brain wants you to appreciate what you’re doing
Dopamine is a crucial substance that your brain’s productivity depends on. It affects the motivation to act and the reward after a job is successfully done.
But as it turns out, it’s not just dopamine levels that matter. A team of scientists from Vanderbilt University found [Michael Treadway, 2012] that it is also essential in which part of the brain this neurotransmitter is produced. The results showed that in people who were genuinely interested in the results of their activities and made a lot of effort, dopamine was released in the areas responsible for motivation and reward (striatum and ventromedial prefrontal cortex). Those who did their work without any interest received their portion of dopamine in another part of the brain, the anterior lobe of the islet (responsible for perceiving emotion and risk).
How to use it?
To work effectively, you need to create a strong motivation for yourself, not referring only to the fact that “the boss said so. Only a personal interest in the result will get the “injection” of the excellent dopamine.
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№2 Your brain wants you to start the day with the most challenging task
Psychologist and author Roy Baumeister found that willpower acts like a muscle: it can be strengthened by the practice and fatigued by overuse.
In one experiment, hungry participants were given a snack of radishes. At the same time, there was a plate of chocolate next to them, and they were not allowed to touch it. The second group of test subjects was still allowed to touch the sweets. After that, they were offered to solve some challenging puzzles. As a result, the first group, which spent a lot of willpower to resist temptation, made far fewer attempts to find the correct answer.
How to use this?
Your willpower reserves are usually at their maximum in the first half of the day, so schedule your most challenging, mentally demanding activities for that time.
№3 Your brain wants you to use lists
Our brain loves order and logic. Lists are one of the most effective ways to organize the information we receive. Neurobiology states that our working memory stores information for a relatively short period. And according to Dr. Daniel Levitin, most people can hold about four objects in their head at a time. When we ask our brains to store more and for longer than is optimal, it decreases performance.
Lists allow us to offload as many items as possible onto a more solid basis — paper or an electronic device.
How to use it?
Make a list, such as what you need to get done. A fixed list of plans and things to do will make room in your brain for other more critical tasks to review during the day. Because our brains have an attention filter, urgent matters will immediately come to the forefront.
And according to cognitive scientist Maria Konnikova in her article, bulleted and numbered lists are particularly effective. Our brains love dosed categorized information. Using bulleted lists is a great way to keep it happy.
№4 Your brain wants you to move
Research on neurogenesis (the ability of certain parts of the brain to grow new cells) shows that we can promote neuronal growth through exercise. The hippocampus, the amount of the brain responsible for memory formation and learning, is particularly amenable to the effects of physical activity. Endurance training initiates the growth of new neurons as exercise produces a specific protein, FNDC5.
How to use it?
The standard recommendation from the World Health Organization states that an adult should spend at least 150 minutes a week on aerobic exercise. Of course, no one is stopping you from doing more than that. Either way, your brain will thank you.
№5 Your brain wants you to write it down by hand
One study [Pam A. Mueller, 2014] found that people memorize lecture material better when taking handwritten notes rather than typing on a keyboard. Whether you are a student or a busy supervisor, if you are writing something down, your brain is processing the information while you are writing it. This initial selectivity tells your brain that the data is essential. It helps cement it in your long-term memory.
How to use this?
Get rid of electronic organizers and get an old-fashioned notebook and pen. Write down in it all the essential information. For more convenience, you can use a pencil so you can erase or correct something.
Inite supports this way of brain development one hundred percent! The point is that writing in your notebook by hand can become your meditation. At Inite, we’ve created a special mode where you can get tokens while meditating. Five minutes of meditation = 1 token idea.
Also, imagine how many ideas you can create when you have a pencil in your hand and a piece of paper in front of you. Your thoughts are the best ideas, even if you think otherwise. write them down on a piece of paper and then duplicate it in Inite! We’re waiting for your thoughts!
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