Simple Ways to Train Your Mind to Be More Efficient

Stress and confusionThinking efficiently may not be in trend in today’s world but it is a very useful skill that one must possess. Efficient thinking means you engage in important information and utilize it to create decision and your own opinion. To some people, this may come naturally while to others it is something you can train in order to improve yourself.

Firstly, focus on the right details. In order to think critically and efficiently, you must grasp the important details. We are now living in a world where everybody is moving fast and there is tendency that people lost the details of the information that supposed to be conveyed. When receiving information, regardless of what situation it is, here are the things you need to consider before making your next steps:

  • Who profits from the account? For example, when you are reading a news think about who benefits from the statement and then you can start making you arguments.
  • Demand the source. In all information there is a source. Trust your guts, if you feel like something doesn’t sound right, trace down the sources. Be careful with unreliable sources that don’t have endorsements especially on the internet where satirical news is spread widely to thousands or probably millions of people online.
  • Find out apparent statements tricks. These types of statements are common and sometimes unnoticeable. Looking out for these so-called holes in statements can help your brain to be more efficient and critical.

Second, do not be hesitated to ask questions. Asking questions is good to train your brain to be more critical and efficient. It keeps your brain alert and ready at all times. Questions helps you better understand a situation or statements and it also allows you to point out your impression or opinions regarding a certain matter. Train your brain to connect with ideas and critical thinking as you go about the situation. Furthermore, asking question is also a sign that you are paying attention to what is being said this is a great indicator that you are a great listener.

Third, practice as often as you can. Remember the old sayings “practice makes perfect”, however I believe that “practice makes permanent”. Nobody is perfect but when we practice it will become part of us and it will be something permanent. Do this in your head and shape your critical thinking. I would suggest taking notes, writing, blogging, healthy debates with friends and colleagues or reading extensively. These exercises can help you practice voicing out your opinion and point of view in a healthy ways.

Fourth, cut down the TV. Televisions can make your brain lazy. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the more you watch the less you know. Researchers has shown that people who watched television other internet broadcasts minimum of four hours a day has the lowest intellectual score than those who are not interested with watching televisions. Televisions have a major effect to the brain. The study from Iowa State University proved that students who watch televisions a day are more likely to develop attention disorders.

Fifth, give yourself a time out. With that being said, it is okay to say “I don’t know” or “I need more time to think it through”. Scientists believe that our brain can only contain from five to seven bits of information at the same time. This is where confusion crawls in and you are unable to juggle these bits of information in your brain. Rather than trying to play hero and solve something that you are not sure about, it is time for a time-out. Rest your mind for few minutes or longer if you need more time, sort everything out and put it back to pieces.

Nurture your brain to better knowledge and understanding. There will be a lot more of thinking, analyzing and observing but the result will make you proud of yourself. It will make your brain more efficient, focused and a good problem solver in the near future.

How to Make Your Brain Memorize Faster and Maximize Its Memory

Brain-ImageUnless you are suffering from memory loss, you are not exempted in making your brain perform better and memorize faster. Enhancing your memory is just a matter of practice and training and you are good to go. Apart from eating brain foods such as berries, fish, and exercise there are also other methods to improve your memory.

Work out your memory. Twyla Tharp, a well-known choreographer based in New York and the author of The Creative Habit, explained that most people cannot even remember more than three things that is why he learn the habit of remembering her twelve to fourteen dance steps in order to train her brain. Try to remember events or things happened in the past and discuss about it. Brain experts believe that the brain’s memory is associated with receiving, remembering and thinking. These will greatly improve the function of the brain when it is done simultaneously. One key to memorize something is to repeat it in order for your brain to familiarize it. For example when meeting someone new, “Hi, I am Sally”, always reply with “glad to meet you, Sally” instead of “glad to meet you”. By doing so, you allow your brain to record the information and the memory itself.

Do something repetitively. If you train your brain to do something new over and over again, your brain connects new trails that will help you do it better and faster. Memorization is about nurturing more neural trails that will help you get better each day. Repetition makes everything permanent and when it is permanent it becomes better and more improved. On the other hand, for most procrastinator they allow their brain to act at the last hour. What they should do instead is to just train and wired their brain in order to create that simple neural pathways. Start small repetitively and it will get permanent and eventually gets better by time.

Learning new things. When it comes to brain memorization, learning is something you must do in order to improve your brain. Learning is a form of challenge to the brain. It exposes the brain to a different way of thinking. You can learn how to dance, learn new musical instrument, learn new language, learn to explore new computer software and read more books. These activities help stimulates the brain function and also help fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Try different types of techniques. If you are a students there will be a lot of memorization involve especially during final exams. When you study your notes, try to learn other review techniques like reading aloud or rewriting them on other sheep of paper by hand, these types of methods can create more links that will boost your ability to remember information. In addition to that, you can also use mnemonics to memorize long words. This may somehow sounds silly but it works tremendously! Creating mnemonics can help your brain to be less tired in memorizing long words and at the same time you can memorize other things as long as your brain can contain the information.

Keep away from stress. Stress is the great contributor that will distract you from maximizing your memory. In other word, stress is a poison to the brain. It will hinder the process of transmitting information from short-term to long-term memory. However, you can always be in control of your own brain by controlling you brain from stress so that you can minimize the production of the stress chemicals.

Do not think of yourself weak and you have a bad memory. Be positive and assure yourself that you can improve your memory to be better. I have seen many people accept the fate that they have a bad memory and it non-curable. Get rid of those thoughts and commit yourself to enhance your memory for greater good of yourself.

Ten Misconception and Truth about the Brain that You Should Know

child Head with symbolThe human brain is complex and amazing. Many researchers are still discovering the mystery of how the brain works and there is still a lot of information to uncover. However, there are still also some misconceptions about how the brain works. Here are the following misconceptions about brain that you must know:

Myth: Only the 10% of human brain is at work.

Truth: Based on experiments on PET and MRI scan proves that the brain is working and active at any given activity. Although the brain does not function simultaneously, it was shown that the all of the area of the brain still function normally. It is just a matter of how often we exercise our brain. We might lose some brain tissue but still our brain can function pretty well.

Myth: Brain injury is forever.

Truth: The truth is that brain injury that cause lasting damage depends on which part of the brain and the types of injury. Like for example a concussion is a very serious problem but it takes time for the person to recover and a stroke can leave a serious concern to the brain and can actually become permanent. However, there are some cases in where the stroke can be recovered through therapy in which will help the brain to create new connection to the brain cells and improve the motor capabilities.

Myth: Classical music can stimulate your brain and makes you smarter.

Truth: Classical music does not have impact on your intellectual by all means. There was a study in 1993 where a group of researchers proved than students who listened to classical music scored above average in their IQ test but apparently this so-called Mozart effect is only temporary because they were asked to take another test after 15 minute and the result were different. Note: playing musical instruments however, can enhance your cognitive skills in the long run.

Myth: Alcohol will always kill the brain cells.

Truth: Alcoholic beverages do not kill the brain cells but it is a substance that alters the brain function because of its addictive abilities. But when the alcohol substance is abuse in the long term, it can and may damage the brain cells. Nevertheless, consuming moderate amount of red wine is great for the brain.

Myth: Drugs make holes in the brain.

Truth: Drugs are another addictive substance that alters the brain function but it does not create hole in your brain. Only physical trauma can put holes in the brain. I am not encouraging anyone to take drugs by all means. Bear in mind that drugs can still interfere with your brain’s system by blocking the activity of your brain cells.

Myth: Solving puzzle games can increase your overall brain’s performance.

Truth: Playing mind games such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku and the like can only improve and exercise your learning skills but not your overall brain ability. Just maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise can greatly affects your memory and cognitive in positive ways.

Myth: Human has the largest brain among any other creature on earth,

Truth: The human brain only weighs about three pounds and is around 15 centimeters in length. If we compare the human brain and all the creatures on earth, sperm whale has the largest brain. It weighs at 18 pounds while elephant 11 pounds. Still thinks human has the largest brain? Think again.

Myth: Human brain consists of 100 billion neurons.

Truth: Whoever created this myth did not do his calculation well! Scientists have gone through extensive research regarding the neurons in the brain and they discovered that the human brain contains around 85 billion neurons. So, if you heard your kids says that we have 100 billion neurons according to his science teacher in class, you should give the correct your kids.

Myth: Our brain cells are permanent and it dies as we age.

Truth: Have anyone ever told you that your brain cells forms new ones? Yes, it is! It is true that cells dies as we age but it also forms new cells during the course of your life. This process is called neurogenesis and it occurs in one region of your brain called the hippocampus.

Myth: A massive bump in the head can cause amnesia.

Truth: While popular TV and soap operas told you that a massive impact on the brain can lead to amnesia are true, it is actually false and absurd. There are two types of amnesia: the lack of ability to form new memories (anterograde) and the lack of ability to recall past memories (retrograde). Retrograde amnesia is usually cause by Alzheimer’s disease or traumatic brain injury.

I believe that we heard more about the rumors and myth about the brain which sounds legit to us but actually are very wrong and misleading. I hope through this article, you can learn a bit of how the brain works and what are the things that were exaggerated by people regarding the brain.

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