Do you ever feel like your brain has turned to mush by the late afternoon? It happens to us all, but never fear – it’s never too late to strengthen your brain!
Last night Dr. Sandi Chapman, the founder and chief director of Center for BrainHealth, kicked off the organization’s annual lecture series, “The Brain: An Owner’s Guide” by sharing some easy ways to increase your creativity, energy and focus. The Container Store is the proud sponsor of these weekly lectures each February, because we believe there’s a strong link between being organized and having a sharp mind.
Several of our employees attended the lecture and we were blown away by how simple, yet effective Dr. Chapman’s tips were, so we wanted to share her wisdom with all of you today. After all, who doesn’t need a little brain boost?
Apply these Know Brainers to your own life maximize your brain potential every day.
Brainpower of none: Take advantage of silence to think deeply and solve tough problems
When you hit a wall mentally, quiet your mind to regain brain energy and find fresh solutions. Go for a walk; go for a drive without music or step away from your desk to reduce brain fatigue. Scheduling periods of brain downtime leads to moments of insight.
Brainpower of one: Perform one task at a time even if for short intervals.
The brain was not wired to multitask and doing so diminishes mental productivity, increases stress, impairs sleep patterns and reduces overall health by altering the immune system. Avoiding multitasking increases brain efficiency and energy. Focus on a core task for a minimum of 15 minutes at a time without interruption.
Brainpower of two: Isolate and escalate your top two daily imperatives.
Every day, identify and dedicate the majority of prime brain time to your two most important tasks. When taking a break or needing a mental shift, fill in with your necessary, but less important tasks. Do not let these less important priorities take over.
Brainpower of complexity
Recognize status quo thinking and be a change maker. Continually think, speak and write original big ideas. Garner enough facts in new areas to make your own decisions and lead in new directions.
Brainpower of less
You and your brain get overwhelmed by too much information. Your frontal lobes need to be deployed not only to focus on important data, but even more importantly to know what information to ignore. Keep your key frontal lobe operations finely tuned by actively blocking, discarding, and ignoring less relevant tasks and information. Stop your brain from drinking from fire hose.
Be social: socializing with others builds stronger neural connections.
Eat well: vegetables, natural foods, low fat, dark chocolate
Sleep well: regularly get 7 to 8 hours
Exercise: engage in aerobic exercise 3-4 times a week for more than 30 minutes
In Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus, Dr. Chapman introduces you to the very latest research in brain science and shows you how to tailor a program to fit your own needs. You are never too young or too old to adopt healthy brain habits that strengthen the brain’s capacity to think smarter!