Ever wonder why you’re exhausted after a challenging day of work? Or why killer insights come to you in the shower? This book does a fantastic job of teaching you about how your mind works and how you can get the most from it by working with your limitations.
The tag line for this book is
[box]Strategies for overcoming distraction, regaining focus, and working smarter all day long[/box]
This book was full of useful tips and practical advice. I will definitely be re-reading this book several times in the future to sharpen up!
– Your brain can only do one thing at a time. Period. You cannot multitask.
– The portion of the brain responsible for solving problems, reasoning, and virtually all high level conscious thought is incredibly inefficient. It burns tremendous amounts of energy, tires quickly, and weakens with extended use.
– Repetitious tasks and things you’ve done many times are offloaded from the energy hungry portion of the brain to lower-level areas that are much more efficient.
– Learn to recognize your brain’s current energy levels. Forcing yourself to work through these problems does not make your brain stronger, it makes it more tired. Take a break!
– We are the descendants of people who paid a lot of attention when something rustled in the bushes. This is tiring. Turn off your pings, blips, and pop-ups and give yourself a chance to focus.
– Knowing how your brain functions can help you create the right environment for big insights.
– Many of our brain’s most natural instincts are the worst way to go about something. For example, the “carrot and stick” method to motivating people.
– Understanding people’s most basic, essential needs at a neurological level enables you to better relate to them, motivate them, understand them, and bring them together.
Read it If
– You want to be more productive
– You manage people
– You want to build better teams and communities