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4 Simple Methods to Promote Productivity With Your PC

4 Simple Methods to Promote Productivity With Your PC

We live in a time that demands the ability to multitask, but not many of us are capable of doing so efficiently, especially when it comes to running a business from home or online. One of the biggest problems I once faced was not being able to keep everything in order and running proficiently, which is what inspired me to write an article to share with you 4 simple methods of improving your productivity:

Online and Offline Storage

You never have to face the predicament of not being able to access your most important files again. It’s best to compose your work on your PC and have a copy stored there, but also keep a copy online with cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Docs. If there ever is a time in which you’re out or on vacation, you still have access to your most valuable files easily. You could work on the go and still have all the updated work synchronised with the stuff on your PC at home.

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Scheduling and Planning                        

Regardless of what your intentions are for using your PC, professionally or socially, you have complete access to plan and have a schedule set up. It’s fairly easy to lose track of time when you’re either hard at work or at play, but all the available software makes it absolutely easy to be reminded that you have other appointments and tasks to get to. Aside from being caught up using your computer, other things like family responsibilities or household chores keep a person busy and with so much going on, even the best multi-tasker may need the odd reminder of tasks and plans pending.

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Lifestyle and DIY pickups

When speaking about productivity, we’re not just talking about being able to do a lot in a day, but also being able to learn new things that promote productivity. Lifehack is packed with articles that literally teach you things that can make life so much easier and make you more self-efficient. You don’t need to look up massive books in the library or invest your money in products when all you need to do is get on your PC and browse through hundreds of articles just waiting to be read.

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Ebooks, Software and Learning New Trades

If you don’t have internet really available, that’s okay—you have countless ebooks that could be purchased with your mobile phone; a lot of them are even free, and with them you can learn amazing stuff to promote productivity when using your PC. For instance, if I wanted to do a side gig to earn extra cash and I felt like I had a good eye for design, I could get ebooks that teach me design principles instead of actually going out and spending money I don’t have. I get to use software that speeds up my process, and on top of that I get to learn a new trade that could earn me money. That is productivity right there and you’re getting all of this done with your PC. PC Clean Up to Assist You Of course, there are some things to be kept aware of: Your pc could easily get swamped with content, and before you know it, you’re searching aimlessly through a ton of folders and documents. If that’s the case, I recommend you use a scheduled pc clean up software to aid a balanced, clutter-free and clean set up for yourself to speed up your PC significantly. Free PC Cleanups Scheduler  – CNET Download(Windows)

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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