Month: January 2019

Last chance to escape the motivation paradox

Last chance to escape the motivation paradox

When you’re unmotivated, it’s hard to get things done. Even simple tasks require more time and effort. On bad days, looking at your to-do list takes more focus than you might have. That’s why the good days are worth celebrating. Getting stuff done is nice, but the real benefit is how easy, effortless and relaxed

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Yet another benefit mind training has over “brain training”

Yet another benefit mind training has over “brain training”

Do brain training games work? The evidence suggests not. But even ignoring evidence, there’s a clue – something that only genuine mind training exercises do. I’ve often criticised brain training – those cutesy computer games that supposedly make you smarter. It’s easy to judge when they don’t work. Stanford looked into the industry ages ago

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How to downgrade your brain

How to downgrade your brain

In Doctor Who, the cybermen want to “upgrade” humans into emotionless machines free from pain, sadness, fear and hatred. I take the opposite approach. The classic Doctor Who villains – the cybermen – are obsessed with upgrading themselves and everyone else. They are human brains in robot bodies, complete with emotional inhibitors and no sense

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The simplest ways to become smarter each day

The simplest ways to become smarter each day

There’s often a lag between what science knows and what society knows. A famous (and tragic) example is when people started toying with germ theory. Early experiments proved that the simple act of washing your hands after autopsies helped doctors keep their patients alive. Even after rock-solid data proving that, it took a generation or

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You only have to work hard on one thing

You only have to work hard on one thing

By now, many people have realised their New Year’s Resolutions were too ambitious. Their changes were too drastic, turning it into more of a wishlist than a set of goals. Hey, it happens. One of the trickier things with self-improvement is keeping it realistic. It’s easy to dream up amazing things you want. Having a

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Struggle is inevitable, so learn to love it

Struggle is inevitable, so learn to love it

That line above might be all you need to know about motivation. Working towards your goals is easy when you’re rested, inspired and working on fun stuff. Those times don’t last, though. If you want to do anything meaningful, you’re going to struggle at points. As simple examples, think about extraverts and introverts. Classic introvert

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