4 Ways to Make Your Brain Work to its Fullest
It's time to hear simple truths that can really change your life.
Author of the bestseller “how to learn to think like Sherlock Holmes“, as well as many articles on psychology for the New Yorker Magazine — talks about why we need to sleep more, spend less time on the Internet and stop spraying on several cases at the same time.
Of course you’re a busy man. Try to keep afloat his life, plus this-and even work. Think about it, does your smartphone help you to cope with the tasks? And 10-15 tabs in the browser? A stream of letters of the email that piled one after the other? And at the end of the day, you’re trying to sleep and rest the five hours you deserve, knowing that’s not enough. But you just don’t have time for more.
If you recognize yourself in the previous paragraph, author has something to offer you: stop, take a step back and realize how much your habits cost you. Doctor of psychology, author of the psychology column of the new Yorker magazine knows what he is talking about.
I know I'm fighting for the losers. But I hope that at least someone will hear my words that hyper-productivity makes us much less productive.
Based on the materials of author, I suggest you four ways to improve your lifestyle and make your brain work.
Until now, the deprivation of sleep has not been fully studied. But science knows for sure that the main function of sleep is to remove the biochemical products of the brain that appear as a result of its activity. This means that lack of sleep can cause the accumulation of harmful proteins beta-amyloidovbeta-amyloids , which can lead to various diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
How to get rid of the habit of sleep deprivation? We’ll have to change our way of life, and it’s not easy. It’s not enough to think,”I can’t sleep now, but I’ll do it this weekend.” That won’t work. To recover from one sleepless night is easy, but the chronic lack of sleep requires a lot of effort.
How long should I sleep? An adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
Enough to feed the Internet with garbage
You must have been wondering how the Internet affects our brain? Doesn’t the Network make us addicted by turning us into a kind of drug? Status in Facebook, email, Twitter, interesting article, and so on in a vicious circle. Author says that the main problem of Internet users is the lack of attention. We constantly have to switch from one action to another, and it does not focus on important things.
How to get rid of this? Set a set of rules: half an hour email, half an hour Twitter and so on. You can do it yourself, but if you know that willpower may not be enough, use auxiliary means.
Test your multitasking
Internet garbage is just part of one big problem — multitasking. Modern culture encourages it and even forces us to do several things at the same time (for our own good). But have you ever seen an employer who needed someone with superior multitasking? Hardly. Therefore, the advantages of multi-functionality are vague and are only in our head. The main thing that you need to reach is full concentration on a single action. In this case, even if the task is incredibly boring, you will still feel much happier.
How to get rid of multitasking? First, try to develop the habit of noticing that you are doing several things at the same time. And, as with the Internet, discipline yourself to solve problems in turn.
The most memorable feature of Sherlock Holmes is his incredible attentiveness. The ability to notice details that are beyond the control of other people. And like Maria said author, based on how Holmes solves crimes, lies of omission. Often he just sits on a chair and does nothing. Eyes closed and body motionless, unless he plays the violin. This is what helps Holmes to be focused and attentive to all the details.
How do you start thinking like Sherlock Holmes? According to author, all you need to do is start to imitate the detective. Take 10-15 minutes each day to sit down and do nothing. Concentrate on your own breathing, on each breath and exhalation. This exercise will help to develop your attention. Imagine that you train a muscle and with each occupation it becomes more and stronger.
Do not think that it is difficult or impossible to do all this. Start with small habits and move on to global changes. Lack of sleep, multitasking, and Internet junk make us less productive, creative, and happy. Try to use yourself to the fullest on both mental and physical levels.