6 Brain Hacks to Make You a Faster Learner

6 Brain Hacks to Make You a Faster Learner

Our world is evolving quicker than ever. To stay competitive in business and ahead of the game, it’s increasingly important to continually learn new skills and information. That’s why mega-moguls like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey swear by constant learning as a vital part of their success. Luckily, there are some fairly simple methods for turbocharging your brain and mastering any skill faster. Read on for some hacks to help you harness the power of constant learning: 1. 50 minutes or less As entrepreneurs, it’s tempting to batten down the hatches and try to work for hours (or days) on end when learning something new. Before you stock up on Red Bull, consider the following: Research says our brains end up powering down very quickly when they’re running on overdrive. Ellen Dunn of Louisiana State University explains that “anything less than 30 [minutes] is just not enough, but anything more than 50 is too much information for your brain to take in at one time.” To put this into practice, make sure you’re scheduling your learning sessions for short bursts of time, using quick methods like flashcards. Schedule at least a 10-minute break between sessions to give your brain some much-needed R&R. 2. 80/20 The Pareto principle, otherwise known as the 80/20 rule, was originally developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, when he discovered that 20 percent of the farms produced 80 percent of Italy’s crops. Nowadays, productivity expert Tim Ferriss has popularized a modern approach to this rule for faster learning. He says you should focus first on the most important 20 percent of what you’re trying to...
Unlock The Surprising Key to Mental Strength

Unlock The Surprising Key to Mental Strength

Often, when we want to be mentally tough, we adopt a “tough it out” approach. That is we try to endure through hard-hitting times, and emerge as a stronger person as a result. That’s all well and good, but new scientific research has revealed that recharging is just as, if not more important, for mental strength. As Shawn Achor put it in Harvard Business Review, “Resilience is how you recharge, not how you endure.” So as a busy, productive person, how can you recharge daily? If you can’t move to a tropical beach, there are still ways to avoid burnout and unlock mental strength in your normal routine: Actually leave the office How often do you actually leave the office? We’re going to bet that while you probably physically exit you workplace daily, you don’t check out mentally nearly as much. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your bed or in a cubicle; if your mind is still focused on work, you’re not truly recharging. That’s why the experts recommend making a conscious effort to focus your mind on recharging outside of the workplace. Science calls this “external recovery.” It involves making a conscious effort to do something mentally relaxing outside of your work zone. This doesn’t mean you have to schedule in time for mindless TV – it can involve anything from an educational podcast to reading a great book. Unplug Although your iPhone might seem like part of your body at this point, unplugging digitally is another key to mental strength. Not only does being on your phone constantly deplete your precious mental resources, HBR recommends using the technology...
5 Things Successful People Do Every Single Day

5 Things Successful People Do Every Single Day

Everybody wants to be successful – however, not many actually make it a reality. The difference between ultra-successful people and the rest of the pack is that they don’t leave their achievements up to chance. Instead of waiting for victory to fall in their lap, they take actionable steps every single day to inch closer to the finish line. You can start adopting their efforts today to get on the same path. Here are the proven things successful people do every day: They don’t chase materialism If you take a look at the truly successful, you’ll notice they aren’t constantly pursuing fancy handbags or shiny sports cars. Take Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, who has billions and drives a Volkswagen Getta. Really successful individuals know that true luxury is being able to pursue their dreams, instead of being shackled to their spending. So they make a daily effort to grow their wealth and use it on future endeavors, instead of blowing it on the latest “must have” purchase. (Check out some of our money tips if you want to get started). They don’t compare themselves to others The late great Theodore Roosevelt once said “Comparison is the thief of joy.” He was right on the money – successful people keep their eyes on the prize instead of their surrounding cubicles. Whether you are feeling bad because you think your peers are doing better than you, or you are building yourself up based on their failures, both are unproductive and have the potential to be self-destructive. If you feel good about something you’ve done, enjoy it — you don’t need the recognition from others to affirm your accomplishments. They take...
How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

People procrastinate for many reasons, but the result is always the same: they rush to get the task done at the last minute or miss the deadline. Even though it feels frustrating to procrastinate, people still continue this bad habit. Why? According to Caroline Webb in the Harvard Business Review, our brains are programmed to put off tasks. Webb shows research from UCLA proving that the allure of near-term gain almost always outweighs the attraction of future reward. Given the choice between concrete and more abstract ideas, our brain naturally sides with more material notions. But just because our brains are seemingly working against us doesn’t mean we can’t overcome procrastination. Instead, it should inspire us to work at the task even more because it isn’t a personal flaw but a part of our natural make-up that can be re-trained. Without further ado, here is the research backed-guide to get started: Find an Accountability Partner When we share our goals with someone else, it creates social pressure, but unlike the peer pressure we faced in high school, this type can lead to success. Sharing your goals with a partner can create a system where you have a cheerleader and walking living reminder to stop procrastinating. In fact, according to Webb’s research, experts have found that we instinctively want to be respected by peers, and are more likely to reach our goals this way. So when you have a task at work to complete, tell someone when you will finish it. If you tell a client or employee exactly when you’ll get something done, your brain will feel more obligated...
7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

The internet is chock full of daily habits that will help your routine, but what about bad habits? Because habits are so ingrained into our daily routines, we often don’t notice how harmful ones sneak in and ruin our success. Try eliminating the following habits from your life and see how your success in business and in life improve: It’s time to end procrastination. When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. You need to (actually) listen. With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been called one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if you want to up your success, replace these bad professional habits with active listening. Instead of nodding off, consider both showing the speaker that you’re interested (nodding, agreeing, etc.) and actually making an effort to understand (by asking questions...