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Meet Emily and Paul The parents of two young children Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant Their lives like all of ours are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails phone calls yet emails meetings projects proposals and plans Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable taskIn this book we travel inside Emily and Paul's brains as they attempt to sor. I am currently rereading this and taking notes but to be honest this is probably one of the most important books I have ever read It explains SO much of how the brain works and interacts with the world and how it is really bad at a great number of things Thankfully though it also tells you how to trick your brain into working how you want it to Truly fantastic Let God Guide You Daily rereading this and taking notes but to be honest this is probably one of the most important books I have ever The Art of the Hustle read It explains SO much of how the brain works and interacts with the world and how it is Adolfo Kaminsky really bad at a great number of things Thankfully though it also tells you how to trick your brain into working how you want it to Truly fantastic

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Ssues such as why our brains feel so taxed and how to maximize our mental resources why it's so hard to focus and how to better manage distractions how to maximize your chance of finding insights that can solve seemingly insurmountable problems how to keep your cool in any situation so that you can make the best decisions possible how to collaborate effectively with others why providing feedback is so difficult and how to make it easier how to be effective at changing other people's behavi. After reading Brain Rules by John Medina I was drawn to this book as well to see if I could focus some of my newfound knowledge on my work While the subject matter of the brain regions and functions wasn't uite as inherently fascinating as Medina's book it was still compelling in the practical application of this info to work and life He uses a fictitious couple to demonstrate a typical day and typical scenarios that we all face in one way or another The first act of each scenario is how people with untrained brains are most likely to behave By using these fictitious examples he is able to explain otherwise complex brain functions in a easy to follow and less technical narrative After the Bad example he will explain scientifically why we tend to behave in such ways and then he will re run the scene using the new knowledge gained in the chapter The second act is then retold as a do over and the reader is able to see how understanding and mastering our own brains could have a significant impact on work and family life Overall I enjoyed the book very much although I still preferred the raw science and true life examples of Medina's book without the need for the sometimes obvious conclusions of the fictitious stories A solid four out of five stars for me Individual Motivation Within Groups resources why it's so hard to focus and how to better manage distractions how to maximize your chance of finding insights that can solve seemingly insurmountable problems how to keep your cool in any situation so that you can make the best decisions possible how to collaborate effectively with others why providing feedback is so difficult and how to make it easier how to be effective at changing other people's behavi. After Why I Am A Jew reading Brain Rules by John Medina I was drawn to this book as well to see if I could focus some of my newfound knowledge on my work While the subject matter of the brain Cursed by Darkness (Befallen Tides, regions and functions wasn't uite as inherently fascinating as Medina's book it was still compelling in the practical application of this info to work and life He uses a fictitious couple to demonstrate a typical day and typical scenarios that we all face in one way or another The first act of each scenario is how people with untrained brains are most likely to behave By using these fictitious examples he is able to explain otherwise complex brain functions in a easy to follow and less technical narrative After the Bad example he will explain scientifically why we tend to behave in such ways and then he will Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, re Kick-boxing pour la ligne run the scene using the new knowledge gained in the chapter The second act is then Firm Abs Flat Stomach retold as a do over and the Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 reader is able to see how understanding and mastering our own brains could have a significant impact on work and family life Overall I enjoyed the book very much although I still preferred the Living the Eternal Way raw science and true life examples of Medina's book without the need for the sometimes obvious conclusions of the fictitious stories A solid four out of five stars for me

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T the vast uantities of information they're presented with figure out how to prioritize it organize it and act on it Fortunately for Emily and Paul they're in good hands David Rock knows how the brain works and specifically how it works in a work setting Rock shows how it's possible for Emily and Paul and thus the reader not only to survive in today's overwhelming work environment but succeed in it and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the dayYOUR BRAIN AT WORK explores i. By far the most useful book about productivity I've ever read Taking the whole of neuro cognitive research to date he talks about how and why your brain functions or fails to function during day to day tasks More importantly he reveals how you can help your brain out by using it in an efficient way The information is presented in an engaging way and all the secrets of your brain will ring true with your own experienceEssential reading for anyone who has a hectic schedule or ever feels like their brain is fighting against things they need to get done The Art of the Hustle reader not only to survive in today's overwhelming work environment but succeed in it and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the dayYOUR BRAIN AT WORK explores i. By far the most useful book about productivity I've ever Adolfo Kaminsky read Taking the whole of neuro cognitive Aik Thi Sara / ایک تھی سارہ research to date he talks about how and why your brain functions or fails to function during day to day tasks More importantly he 23 Weihnachts-Tiergeschichten reveals how you can help your brain out by using it in an efficient way The information is presented in an engaging way and all the secrets of your brain will Messy Jessy ring true with your own experienceEssential The International Dictionary of Event Management reading for anyone who has a hectic schedule or ever feels like their brain is fighting against things they need to get done


10 thoughts on “Your Brain at Work Strategies for Overcoming Distraction Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long

  1. says:

    Very helpful insights on how the brain works Some takeaways Your best uality thinking lasts for a limited time The answer is not always to try harder We have a limited bucket of resources for activities like decision making and impulse control Make one difficult decision and the next is difficult Prioritizing is one of the brain's most energy hungry processes Picturing something you have not yet seen is going to take a lot of energy and effort This partially explains why people spend time thinking about problems things they have seen than solutions things they have never seen It explains why setting goals feels so hard it's hard to envision the future Maintaining a good focus on a thought occurs through not so much how you focus but rather how you inhibit the wrong things from coming into focus You now have an additional excuse for taking that stroll in the park when you're stuck on a problem I can just picture someone's last words to their boss being fired I am going for a walk to forget about work and get totally unconscious As funny as this sounds it is what the research shows is needed when you get stuck at an impasse The wrong answers are stopping the right ones from emerging Insights occur freuently the relaxed and happy you are Look for solutions instead of focusing on the problem


  2. says:

    The good news is I'm not Dazed and Confused It's just my brain being a brain; everyone is in the same boat David Rock's goal is to help the reader understand the brain's limitationsbe mindful of it and act accordingly The prefrontal cortex the Director of the Mind is limited It can only hold on to a small number of items for a limited time gets tired easily easily distracted and reacts strongly to even mild threats This book follows a husband and wife in typical work and family situations and gives a before and after scene with acting with the brain in mindHis big idea is that Attention Changes the Brain There is an discussion of how the brain operates and a number of pragmatic recommendationsevidence based to work within the limits of the brainThe author is a consultantcoach and lecturer and presents the material in an interesting way with some practical options It's clear that he has been doing this for a number of yearsRecommendedMy Notes on his 1 hour long presentation Your Brain at Work held at GoogleHis hour long discussion google on the subjecthttpwwwyoutubecomwatch?vXeJSXfThe Four Surprises about our Brain1 Rational Thinking is Overrated2 We've got emotions backward3 Social Issues are primary4 Attention Changes the brain 1 Rational Thinking is OverratedWhen you try to hold thoughts is your PFC PreFrontal Cortex Brain Functions; Understand Decide Recall Memorize and Inhibit uses the PFC which has a very limited resourcesDoing a non trivial math problem reuires the brain to start thinking of one thing only It must think serially and it can't think parallel Very conscious thinking uses a very small part of the brain uses energyyou can only do one thing at a time People looking to put less effort into things and avoid effortdiscomfortPFC Size AnalogyIf the amount of memory that can be held at one time in the PFCaka working memory is the size of a cubic foot the size of the rest of the brain is the Milky Way A Threat Response feeling anxious It's hard to make others do things that reuire an effort to thinkchange they will react with a threat response We gravitate toward things we do well and try to make our actions thought freeRational Thinking is overrated in two ways 1what you can do with it and 2 It's not how we solve most problemsAny time you do a math problem or make a conscious decision you use up a limited bucket of resourcesDoing a math problem uses a limited resource uses up glucoseEffort uses Energy Your brain becomes noisy Three Levels of Thinking1 Deleting Emails2 Scheduling a Meeting 3 Writing a Pitch uses glucoseenergy perhaps done firstIf you truly respected attention as a limited resource what would you do differently ?About 60% of problems we solve we don't know how we solved it The PFC is an inhibitorIn order for insights to occur you have to stop thinking You have to dampen down the existing status uo thought Allow for an entirely different wave of thinking The ability to uiet things down allow for insights The ability to listen to loose associations brain storming The happy the weak associations you notice Big uestion What does it express about what you presently do and what does it express about what maybe you might do differently ? Internal Data Processing Cognitive Control start thinking one way then switch to another is a valuable skill to haveIn problem solving the brain goes into idle for a few seconds and significantly fewer brain cells are used meaning less electrical activity less arousal less dopamine It is uieter and needs to be listened to You need to notice spikes of Dopamine to notice these thoughts The ability to have these insights is euivalent to your ability to uiet down you mental activity during this timeWhen your anxious less notice of weak associations When happy notice of weak associationsYour field of view expands with HappinessWhat does this explain of what you currently do? and what does it suggest of what you should do differently ?PFC is the only part of Brain connected to all others The only part which has a braking system It is where imagination takes placeThink it as a stage where you can launch thoughts and compare them to others Combine information and make it into something new Braking helps with the capacity to regulate emotions1800 Starts talking about Emotions being backwardTalks about the Marshmallow test defer gratificationWe as a general society have emotions backward The Limbic system is always on the look out for negative things Weighs things as a reward or threat and is strongly moving way from threats and moves slower toward rewards The only organizing principle is to Minimize threats and Maximize rewardsBad is strongerlonger lasting devastating than good Media outlet bad stories are far engrossing Even a small element stays in the Limbic longer reuires less energy glucose to activate and hold data Emotion Regulation ResearchThreats even minor creates reduced insights or Noiselet it outSuppress Cognitive ChangeCognitive is the best but it must be done uickly You must be aware of emotional states Labeling Definite it by a uick word By saying it is a stronger action than thinking Reappraisal re framing Use the time to do something really greatBad is stronger than Good to the brain Limbic SystemThe you understand about your brain the you can reappraise all sorts of internal threats You can actually reappraise things as brain functioning not you something that can be changed Change to a shift state where you see options Brain goes to the negative all the timeThe degree of activation of the Limpic system is in direct response to the degree of activation of the PFCLogical People want to grin and bear it but not as effective Those who suppress vs appraising have diminished lives in many areas Maslow Hierarchy of needs is WRONG Social needs are primary Social Pain is eual to the physical painSocial Reward is eual to The owl in the maze affecting the skill due to threatWe tend to Emotion Regulation Research The moment we get a threat we change immediately A strong positive impacts our abilities as well Brain gravitates to the negativenot too high not too low for maximum processingCognitive Change needs to happen uicklyIt's preferred but must happen uickly It reuires being aware of cognitive statesPut on the brakes28min When Labeling do it with a word or two don't relive the state which can worsen it Label is hungry angry Saying it outload reduces the cognitive loadBy labeling an emotion it dampens it downNot the traditional wisdom of not talking about emotions which makes it worseReframing Using a negative event traffic to good use ie practice listen to book on tape Do you suppress or reappraiseThe you want to supressgrin and bear it is not good Supressors are below average in OptomismProblem solving LikabilityThe you understand about the brainthe you can reapraise Shift from a threat state to a state you are comfortableIt's Maladaptive in the work placeSocial issues are Primary Praise is the important than money Even a computer voice saying Good Job is a great rewardManaging with the Brain in MindThe Following Social States cause Reward or Threat StatesStatus Autonomy Relatedness Certainty Fairness These are the Brains goal when it comes to Social SituationsStatus Drives our behavior massively We have a Status Thermometer pecking order all about going up or downAvoid things where our status goes up or downWhen you try to change someone create an immediate status threatPerformance Review Let me tell you what people have been saying about youCertainty Important with Status as well Value in what to expectToo much certainty is lack of AutonomyEven ambiguity is a threat AutonomyWith no autonomy small threat becomes biggerWith autonomy small threats become smallerRelativeness Are you in my InGroup or my OutGroupempathy for ingroup and not for outgroupFriend or Foe trust or no trustFoe is default with exceptions of really attractive people baby when you're drunkFairnessEngagement is an increase in dopamine and we are being rewardedWhen you try to change anyone you will have a status threatDeep Engagement doing thing that make a difference in the world Attention changes the brain in secondsIt's easier to change attention when you feel safe The you understandMinimize the Threat Response and Maximize the PFC Space The language you have to make choicesThe you control the future The Dali Lama was asked Why are you always happy? A Because it feels betterTwo ways to experienceDirect Experience Circuitry Literal interpretation Directly taking in Data In the Flow Narrative Response Circuitry A story of the event There long term It is possible to optimize internal brain processingReappraisal vs Re Thinking becomes a state as opposed to a traitThe cheapest form of reappraisal is humorFocus on any kind of data is a good exercisetaking in data real time and how much energetic you feel and how your world has expandedFocus on being Unfocused and listening to what comes into your mindAdditional ResourcesHis white paper on the Subjecthttpwwwstrategy businesscomartiThe neuroscience of MindfulnesshttpwwwpsychologytodaycomblogyUnderstanding the Science of Changehttpwwwciocomarticle24975Chan


  3. says:

    I am currently rereading this and taking notes but to be honest this is probably one of the most important books I have ever read It explains SO much of how the brain works and interacts with the world and how it is really bad at a great number of things Thankfully though it also tells you how to trick your brain into working how you want it to Truly fantastic


  4. says:

    I've read my fair share of books about the brain Most of them delve into the things you can do to externally to allow your brain to function optimally ie sleeping habits eating habits social relationships etc This is the first book I've read which deals with meta cognition on a very real and practical level I was a bit skeptical about the format of this book when I started reading it The examples in the form of short stories involving certain characters seemed somewhat contrived and artificial However after completing the book I now feel those examples anecdotes put the necessary points across very well The necessary points being1 The cognitive sweet spot being in the zone is a state that is somewhat hard to attain and even harder to maintain for any significant duration of time2 An overly aroused limbic system the large chunk of the brain that handles emotions and their regulation easily interrupts prefrontal cortex inhibiting our decision making abilities and creativity 3 The prefrontal cortex is the work horse of the human mind and is extremely energy hungry It is easy to exhaust and its limited resource must be utilized with the greatest of care To do this one must first be aware of all the limiting factors of this portion of the brain Knowing its weaknesses can help you effectively cut off distractions maximize the efficiency of your brain and help you be your productive bestExcellent book Short concise and to the point Somewhat repetitive at times but not overly so If you're looking for a book that'll help you better understand and utilize your brain this is it 4 stars


  5. says:

    This book for me is a bit like The Da Vinci Code And a bit unlike itIt's like the DVC in that the subject matter is very fascinating and the basic premise of the book – combining neuroscience with self help – is great However it's also bloated dull predictable and at times downright banal Your Brain at Work could have been inspiring if the writer hadn't adopted such a patronizing schoolmasterly tone if the writer had had faith in the wit of the reader As it is the effect is lacklusterThere's an attempt to illustrate the points of this book with a story Unfortunately the story is the book's weakest point characters are too flat to be believable too generic to identify with too unsurprising to spark interest It really is a pityIt's unlike the DVC in that I did despite its shortcomings finish Your Brain at Work while the DVC ended up in the fireplace ;PS True story it appears this book is purposefully written in such a way that one hears it as spoken with the voice of Kevin Spacey


  6. says:

    By far the most useful book about productivity I've ever read Taking the whole of neuro cognitive research to date he talks about how and why your brain functions or fails to function during day to day tasks More importantly he reveals how you can help your brain out by using it in an efficient way The information is presented in an engaging way and all the secrets of your brain will ring true with your own experienceEssential reading for anyone who has a hectic schedule or ever feels like their brain is fighting against things they need to get done


  7. says:

    Excellent book that should be reuired reading for people that work and have a brain lol It doesn't read like a self help book very entertaining and you'll learn a thing or two as well Highly recommended


  8. says:

    Speaking as a layman with not much in the way of previous exposure to the field of neuroscience but with a general interest in both psychology and behavioural economics I found this insight into the essential functionality of the brain to be absolutely fascinating The author's style is one of engaging narrative He provides easy to identify with behavioural scenarios to illustrate the central message of the book namely that everything we do think and feel is the direct result of neurochemical changes within our brains And by recognising and working with our internal and external triggers we can all develop a much greater understanding of and control over our mental processes actions reactions and emotions The eventual aim of which is simply to achieve greater mental stability and by doing so interact much smoothly with the environment we live in the lives we lead and most importantly the people we encounter or work with on a daily basis and the people we live with and love Highly recommended to anyone who's ever wondered just what the hell is going on in their own head or ever wished they had just a bit mental focus and control


  9. says:

    After reading Brain Rules by John Medina I was drawn to this book as well to see if I could focus some of my newfound knowledge on my work While the subject matter of the brain regions and functions wasn't uite as inherently fascinating as Medina's book it was still compelling in the practical application of this info to work and life He uses a fictitious couple to demonstrate a typical day and typical scenarios that we all face in one way or another The first act of each scenario is how people with untrained brains are most likely to behave By using these fictitious examples he is able to explain otherwise complex brain functions in a easy to follow and less technical narrative After the Bad example he will explain scientifically why we tend to behave in such ways and then he will re run the scene using the new knowledge gained in the chapter The second act is then retold as a do over and the reader is able to see how understanding and mastering our own brains could have a significant impact on work and family life Overall I enjoyed the book very much although I still preferred the raw science and true life examples of Medina's book without the need for the sometimes obvious conclusions of the fictitious stories A solid four out of five stars for me


  10. says:

    Boring I am sorry but I just could not read past the third chapter I found it very boring The episodes between the two characters irked me I wound up going right to the end of each chapter just to get the summation I also felt a lot of what was recommended was basic common sense that people exhibit all the time without reuiring the guideposts of neurologists