Getting Started is the second part of the five-part Brainhack mini series. The series are based on the book Brainhack: Tips and tricks to unleash your brain’s full potential by Neil Pavitt.
10. See Things Differently
How we see things may affects us without our knowledge.
A trip up north seems like an uphill battle while a trip south seems like a slide.
Different colors have also been shown to have different effects on our physiology. The color blue makes us creative while the color red boosts your memory. Try the color pink for a nice tranquilizing effect on you and people in your surrounding.
11. Watch Cat Videos
When you actually take a break, make sure it actually is a real break.
Doing something that is deemed productive and boring during breaks can actually have a negative impact on your overall productivity.
Instead, aim for something you truly enjoy during your break that makes you smile just at the thought of it. Your productivity and innovative side will thank you for it. And so will your body after the decrease in stress it gives you.
12. Don’t be Biased
We are much more likely to stay true to the ideas, plans and projects we have thought of or accomplished on our own. Discarding everyone’s else ideas and effort as not worthy of competing with our own excellence.
Counteract this with coming back to your own ideas after some time to have a new way of looking at it.
Let someone you trust have a second opinion on your projects and decision.
Don’t be fooled of thinking you can resist the cravings of the world when the moment arise. Eliminate them from the beginning, prepare your food in advance for example.
13. Practice With Purpose
If you truly want to get good at something, don’t just focus aimlessly with thousands of thousands of repetition.
Set up clear goals for every practice that you tend to focus on. Whether its sport, music, studying or any other skill. Analyze your mistakes and tie them into a specific problem instead of just a day of.
Instead of practicing the things you already know. Focus on the hard parts you haven’t mastered yet. This will ensure the creation of new neural pathways.
14. Stop Moaning
The act of plainness moaning is self-destructive. It raises the levels of the stress hormone cortisol which will lead to a negative impact.
Switch from moaning to complaining.
Your complaints should have a set purpose. Filing a complain with a purpose nicely will also have a positive impact. There is a higher chance you will receive help from the person you are talking to since they wont be on the defensive side.
15. Don’t Get Stressed
Cortisol main purpose is to increase blood pressure and blood sugar. Used correctly, it’s a performance enhancing drug. Bot most people see it as its counter part, the performance anxiety.
Switch your focus from “thinking” into practicing. The more prepared you are, the less performance anxiety you will feel.
You could rank up some blood pressure by running up and down the stairs. Then practice the task at hand before the final day to get a closer feeling of what it will be “live”.
If you want to ease out, try reading for at least six minutes.
16. Make Fewer Decisions
Decision fatigue is a real thing. The more choices you make, and the more options you have, the more brain power you use.
The cure is simple and the title makes it self-explanatory. Reduce the number of decisions you have to make on a daily basis. Especially the decisions that doesn’t have a high value or impact linked to them.
Beneficial starting points would be implementing a morning routine, or wearing the same outfit on workdays.
17. Count The Days, Minutes and Hours
We focus on the presence, not the future. Therefore, the time unit is crucial.
If you want to be more likely to achieve something or sticking to something. Make sure your measuring the right time unit.
You’re much more likely to follow-up with a 12 month goal, or even a 365 day goal. Then you are at achieving a one year goal like a new year resolution.
It’s all about creating a sense of urgency to getting started.
18. Look on the Bright Side
This hack is all about helping others. Which in the long run, might be beneficial to you.
Describe people’s negative characteristic with a positive language to make sure they perform better.
This is what I like to call a compliment sandwich.
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The tricks above are just mini excerpts from a much more detailed explanation, with more use cases and tricks in the second part of Neil Pavitt’s Brainhack book.
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