A list of easy to follow tips that could improve your productivity and make you smarter. Read on.
- Play Video Games. The cognitive neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier has concluded – playing action oriented videogames increases the ability to make quick decisions and analyze situations rapidly. It is a brain exercise. The brain becomes more agile and able to process stuff in terms of focus, concentration and attention.
- Practice Mindfulness for Smarter Decisions. Brief periods of mindfulness helps people to make rational decisions. It forces you to consider the information available now in order to produce positive result in the future. Steve Jobs has practiced a form of mindfulness meditation. In recent times researchers has confirmed the technique as effective.
- Exercise Regularly. The physical exercise increases levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDFN). The latter is a protein, promoting growth of new neurons. Regular exercise routine enhances BDFN and literally makes you smarter. Many successful people have regular workout routines.
- Drink Beverages with Caffeine. Caffeine has great effects on your body. It blocks certain inhibitor neurotransmitters (adenosine) and increases the release of others (dopamine, norepinephrine). The neurotransmitters regulate the functioning of your whole nervous system, including the brain. Almost everyone has experienced the effects of caffeine – improved mood, memory, reaction time. Just bear in mind that too much is never good.
- Play a Musical Instrument. Playing an instrument improves the capability of your nervous system. The focus on the acoustic musical information triggers improvements in language and cognitive skills. The act of playing engages the whole brain into communication via music. This is further enhanced if practiced in groups, providing you with ability to use other means of communication.
- Handwrite Your Notes. Handwriting notes involves the person more with what they are doing. People who write down notes learn better, retain information longer and grasp new ideas easier. These facts are proved by research conducted at Princeton and UCLA.
- Read Fiction. Reading fiction leads to better understanding other people. This includes more empathy and ability to view the world from different and unexpected perspectives. The reader gets into the inner world of multiple characters, understands and explains their motivation from an objective viewpoint.