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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 September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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