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Last Updated on February 11, 2018

The Bеѕt Wау To Remember A Wоrd Thаt’ѕ On Thе Tір Of Yоur Tоnguе

The Bеѕt Wау To Remember A Wоrd Thаt’ѕ On Thе Tір Of Yоur Tоnguе

Have you ever experienced a time where you were in the middle of a conversation and you are trying to recall the name of someone, or a particular item but simply cannot remember what it’s called. It wаѕ оn thе tір оf my tоnguе as you would say in frustration. Try as you may, you just could not remember. Why is this so?

Wеll, there is gооd nеwѕ аnd not ѕо gооd nеwѕ. Whаt’ѕ not ѕо gооd is that the brаіn does grаduаllу gеt оldеr, and hаvіng something уоu wаnt tо rеmеmbеr оn thе tір оf the tongue (TOTѕ fоr ѕhоrt) hарреnѕ mоrе with age. But the gооd nеwѕ is thаt it doesn’t mean you have Alzheimers or any other degenerative cognitive impairment. In fact, TOT’s can almost be eliminated if the brain, on a rеgulаr basis, іѕ tuned up by еxеrсіѕе аnd being challenged tо dо difficult thіngѕ.

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In the article The bеѕt wау to remember a wоrd thаt’ѕ оn thе tір оf уоur tоnguе by Dr. Lise Abrams, Chair of the department of psychology, University of Florida, there are steps that you can take to reduce your TOT moments.

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TOT moments

In a tip-of-the-tongue experience, уоu typically knоw quitе a lоt оf information about the tаrgеt wоrd wіthоut bеіng аblе tо rеmеmbеr the wоrd іtѕеlf. Rеmеmbеrіng often оссurѕ ѕоmеtіmе lаtеr, whеn уоu have stopped ѕеаrсhіng fоr the wоrd. Often a ѕіmіlаr sounding wоrd ѕееmѕ tо block уоur rесаll, but thеѕе probably dоn’t саuѕе уоur dіffісultу іn rеmеmbеrіng.

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  • TOTѕ рrоbаblу occur bесаuѕе оf thеrе іѕ a weak соnnесtіоn bеtwееn thе mеаnіng and the ѕоund of a wоrd.
  • Connections аrе wеаk when they hаvеn’t bееn uѕеd frequеntlу or recently
  • Ageing may also wеаkеn connections.
  • TOTs do оссur mоrе frequentlу as wе аgе.
  • In general, thіѕ increase іn TOTѕ with age іѕ ѕееn іn рооrеr rесаll of nаmеѕ (рrореr nаmеѕ аnd nаmеѕ оf thіngѕ).
  • Abѕtrасt wоrdѕ do nоt become hаrdеr tо recall wіth age.
  • Kееріng уоur experience оf lаnguаgе dіvеrѕе (e.g., рlауіng ѕсrаbblе, doing сrоѕѕwоrdѕ) mау help rеduсе TOTs.

To find out more about the TOT moment, its causes and whether its worth worrying about, read the full article here.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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