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I would recommend that you make sure that every important item has its dedicated spot. For my keys and my wallet this is a kind of place mat on my desk. Every time I arrive at home my keys go there along with my wallet. If the keys aren't there, they are in my left pant pocket or the left pocket of my jacket. For other things there are document drawers ...


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Here's an example. Put a rat in a maze. Have a piece of chocolate at the exit of the maze. The rat will smell it and find a path to the chocolate. After repeating this a few times, the rat will learn the correct path and go there over and over again, faster each time. The rat will take some wrong turns and maybe get lost, but will eventually gain the skill ...


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So I've always considered IQ to be pretty innate, but wikipedia.org has other ideas: In general, educational interventions, as those described below, have shown short-term effects on IQ, but long-term follow-up is often missing. For example, in the US very large intervention programs such as the Head Start Program have not produced lasting gains in ...


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For me, I find that the more creative people and ideas with which I surround myself, the more I'm able to think outside of the proverbial box. Beyond that's it's the discipline of listening to the ideas that I have and allowing myself to explore them instead of listening to the negative self-talk of "oh, that idea sucks" or "no one's going to like that". A ...


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Research indicates that people who give in to temptations have a problem visualizing future outcomes: What happens now is clear and concrete (candy is lying in front of you) while the future often is vague and fuzzy. The Marshmallow experiment showed the effects of this. Scientists say treatments should involve de-emphasizing the present (making it more ...


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Well, I think you first need some long term goals because in the case you don't have them, it shouldn't be a problem to search only instant gratification. I'm also in this situation and I don't think it is a problem to seek for short term gratification: I usually subdivide my long term goals in short term ones, so I can search gratification and also work on ...


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I have no doubt you'd benefit greatly from investing your spare time in Mindfulness training. It's a simple form of meditation everyone can do, where you try to put all thoughts aside and clear your mind. So your question on what to think about is probably best answered with "Nothing at all." With 7-20 minutes of training per day, you'd experience great ...


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As Juha Untinen notes, correlation does not imply causation. I suspect people with higher cognitive abilities find it easier to learn an instrument or an additional language, so causality may be the other way around... or there may be yet other factors influencing both. That said, I am sure that there must be lots of studies that made a group of people ...


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Hide temptation ("get thee behind me Satan!") for things which produce immediate outcomes. I find that looking at a calendar motivates me to see the big picture and move towards deadlines. Check your calendar frequently. Talking about what you need to do to get your deferred rewards tends to make it more "salient". Talk about it. You think about what you ...


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I've used Lumosity for more than two years. I've noticed that 15-20 minutes of Lumosity first thing in the morning does an excellent job of warming up my brain for the challenges of the day. I've also found that after prolonged work that 15 minutes of L can enable you to go back to your work refreshed. In addition, after a little poking around the ...


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I have this problem too. I mitigate it by: Always putting objects in a dedicated spot Putting objects I shouldn't forget about in prominent places, like at eye height on the stairs If you do the latter too much, you'll end up creating familiarity and you will no longer notice these objects. Keep it fresh. Furthermore I strengthen my awareness by: ...


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The things I tend to misplace are new or temporary things that don't yet have a defined place. This can particularly be a problem if you live with someone else who might tidy up after you... My solution is to have In Boxes in strategic spots (office, kitchen, and garage). Anything that doesn't have a place, or anything my wife knows is mine but doesn't ...


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Take lots of IQ tests. They're supposed to be tests of your creativity and mental ability, but they're standardized to some degree because the results need to be repeatable. All of them follow some pattern. Take basketball as an analogy. You can't possibly train every shot from every position blocked by people of different sizes and techniques. But the more ...


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The Perfectionist's Handbook: Take Risks, Invite Criticism, and Make the Most of Your Mistakes by Jeff Szymanski discusses ideas of healthy and unhealthy perfectionism that may be worth noting here. Healthy perfectionism is about striving and having high standards but not always expecting that result. Thus, there is something to be said for having a standard ...


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In all situations, to be more detached and not letting this mind war go on try this: write down the FACTS about the situation. What is undeniable, what happend, how often, etc. Be objective. write down your analysis of why this happend, ALL THE OPTIONS. Even the craziest. Now take a step back and discuss with people involved in the situation to check ...


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The phrasing of the question seems more to do with psychology/confidence than productivity, but the concept of doing something difficult is intriguing. A hard problem is pretty subjective - what is hard for me may not be hard for you, and vice versa. Now for a couple of platitudes: (1) Long journeys begin with a single step, and (2) practice makes perfect. ...


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You could be interesting in the works of Vera Birkenbihl. They are concentrated on the ways to improve the learning and thinking abilities. However, don't expect your abilities to increase by astronomical factor, as long as you don't have total hay in head. The key factor is concentration, if you lack concentration, you won't be able to learn much. And ...


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Fluid intelligence is tied to biology. It is defined as our "on-the-spot reasoning ability, a skill not basically dependant on our experience." Brain Workshop - a Dual N-Back game Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the dual n-back brain training exercise. A recent study published in PNAS, an important scientific journal, shows ...


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1) I'm right handed but I've hold my mouse with the left for a few years as an exercise, I read in a few studies that could boost the intelligence due to the fact that it engages the two hemispheres, it is supposed to bring more balance in decisions and engage creativity. Even if this may be not true, I gained much more control of my left arm which is not ...


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I've been keeping in touch with DNB developments over the years and there seems to have been a lot of conflicting research studies (wrt IQ gains, specifically the fluid intelligence component). One of the people I follow is Gwern, a member of the brain workship Google group, who's managed to gather a ton of information to help draw a "conclusion" for the lay ...


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I'm working as product manager and one of my duty is to generate ideas for our products. In order to do that I read a lot of articles about my subject area. I have "thinking" group for every product and we exchange links every day. It could be articles, videos, etc. Due to the nature of our products (it's web and mobile applications) we have to ...


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I just read an article on the Entrepreneur.com about being more innovative and productive by thinking like, well, an entrepreneur. When I read your question I got to thinking about a few things from the article. 1) Feel like a kid again Nurture the kid within. When we all were little we let our imagination flow in all different ways. When we grow older we ...


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You could start by making everyday tasks into games. For example say you have to put away your clean laundry. Time yourself and see how many cloths you can put away in 5 minutes neatly. Or if you have to write a report for work you could pretend in your head to be someone else writing it (and this might not always be a good idea). For one report try writing ...


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When you do not feel any source of energy within you to work, and you just don't feel like working, think that your work is the only prick in your life - just get it done somehow and your life would seem so much easier, cuz no matter what, work once neglected creates a lot of trouble later on. Now you may say that you don't want to regard your work as a sort ...


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The older I get the less likely I am to really invest in solving hard problems. I often feel like I don't have the time to invest when the risk of not getting a solution is high. So - when I really need, or want, to take on something difficult - I go in with very open ended expectations for myself. Mostly that means telling myself that I may not actually ...


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Consider the following words of wisdom by Richard Rusczyk: The first step in dealing with difficult problems is to accept and understand their importance. Don't duck them. ... Brilliant "Aha!" moments almost always spring from minds cultivated by long periods of frustration. But without that frustration, those brilliant ideas never arise. ... The ...


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Learn how the brain works. The brain is generally quite stupid. It remembers things you don't want it to remember. It forgets things you really want to remember. It never recalls the right things at the right time. It's not a computer. It's a pattern recognition system. Your memory does not function exactly like a disk. There are large portions of the ...


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Practise : might sound ridiculous but nothing beats it . Find a way to practise the concept you want to master if not known already .It will not only increase your understanding of the concept but bring up many more questions .Finding answers to those questions will increase your overall idea .


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How to improve one's 'learning' and 'understanding' capabilities? You cannot see unless your eyes are working properly, you cannot hear unless your ears are in good shape, you will start panting after walking if you have not drank enough water, and finally you cannot think properly unless your mind is in perfect order. I think you are getting my point ...


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I am using the following trick: every time I am not sure where to put something (if this something doesn't have a permanent spot yet) I am asking myself: where would I look if I was looking for this thing? The answer usually gives me the best place and one more thing would have it's designated spot.



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