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7 Bio Hacks For Increased Productivity and High Performance

7 Bio Hacks For Increased Productivity and High Performance

I have been biohacking for about 5 years now, which means studying diet and lifestyle closely and figuring out what the most successful and balanced people do in order to increase their energy level. As you well know, having enough energy is crucial if we want to increase our productivity, performance, and happiness.

Here are 7 biohacks to give you much more energy and cognitive abilities so you can be much more productive and happy. These 10 biohacks work well for me, but please consider talking to a nutritionist or doctor first. Also, you don’t have to try all of these biohacks; maybe try a few at first to see if you have more energy:

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  1. Smaller Meals: Instead of consuming 3 big meals per day, consume 5 small ones as your digestive system won’t make you very tired if the meals are small (try to have green vegetables with each meal). You will be much more productive and focused at work by consuming smaller meals so that your digestive system doesn’t use most of the energy you have to digest large meals.
  2. Juicing: Make 7 jars or containers of juice every Sunday for the week. In these 7 containers, I put greatest hits of everything that I think is good for me. I bring 5 of the containers to work as this becomes one of my meals. The other 2 I leave at home for weekend consumption.
  3. Coconut Water: At the gym, I drink coconut water as this gives me off-the-charts energy. I exercise for at least an hour per day at around 4pm. I start with 60 minutes on the elliptical trainer as this works out all muscle groups while I read emails and other articles on my iPad (you can retain so much more information later in the day when you exercise and read at the same time given the increased oxygen intake).
  4. Plug Vitamin Gaps: We are all deficient in certain vitamins – we don’t know exactly which ones. As a result, I take a multivitamin pack every day that plugs every vitamin deficiency gap for me.
  5. Hydrate: I drink 8 glasses of water per day and I put lemon in the water as well. Before having a second serving during meals, drink a glass of water, which can curb your appetite. Always pack a few bottles of water with you no matter where you are (especially during your commute to and from work).
  6. Try to Limit Complex Carbohydrates– meaning limit bread or rice- or corn-based products as they convert quickly to fat.  Here is a great tip: always deduct the amount of fiber from the total carbohydrates as your digestive system will think that the total carbs is lower than it actually is. In the example in the image below, we take 21 grams of carbs minus 17 grams of fiber for a “net carbs” amount of only 4 grams.
  7. Sleep:  This one is incredibly important as it not only slows down aging but increases our productivity, focus, happiness and many other benefits. Try to always get 7-8 hours of sleep without exception. 7-8 hours is only about ~30% of each day. Imagine what would happen to our car if we used it for 70% of every single day? Of course, we could run out of gas and have to fix it more often. 30% of our days rest for us is mandatory. Many people would then say – I don’t have time for sleep as I have too much work or studying or whatever. I humbly disagree. Why? Because I really believe that one hour of productivity on 7-8 hours of sleep is at least 5x’s more productive than one hour of productivity on 3-4 hours of sleep. Invest in yourself by sleeping 7-8 hours per day as it will not only improve your quality of life but also increase your lifespan.

These 7 biohacks will help you to live life on your terms.

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We are all different so please find the right combination of the 7 aforementioned biohacks until you feel like you have more energy, focus and you are more productive than literally anyone you know. You will be much happier too if you figure out which biohacks work best for you.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

“Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

“The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

“The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

    Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

    1. Build a Memory Palace

      What is it?

      The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

      How to use it?

      Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

      “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

      Example

      An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

      • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
      • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
      • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
      • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
      • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

      You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

      2. Mnemonic

        What is it?

        A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

        How to use it?

        Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

        Example

        I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

        I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

        Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

        Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

        Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

        Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

        C

        J

        H

        D

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        P

        Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

        Cubs

        Just

        Hate

        Doing

        Push-ups

        Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

        3. Mnemonic Peg System

          What is it?

          According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

          How to use it?

          The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

          Example

          Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

          0 = hero

          1 = gun

          2 = shoe

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          3 = tree

          4 = door

          5 = hive

          6 = sticks

          7 = heaven

          8 = gate

          9 = line

          Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

          4. Chunking

            What is it?

            Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

            How to use it?

            In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

            Example

            Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

            Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

            081127882

            Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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            081 – 127 – 882

            Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

            “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

            5. Transfer of Learning

              What is it?

              Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

              “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

              How to use it?

              There are two specific ways to use it:

              1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
              2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

              Example

              I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

              Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

              The Bottom Line

              The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

              We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

              Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

              “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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              Featured photo credit: Nong Vang via unsplash.com

              Reference

              [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
              [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
              [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
              [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
              [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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