With social media, news headlines and many other distractions, a high level of mental clarity and focus is difficult to achieve. In this post we’ll talk about why we get so distracted and a few things we can do about it.
The Frontal Lobe – Focus Controller
Although many theories are in circulation regarding exact function of the frontal lobe, it’s an incredibly complex mechanism that’s known to be attributed to focus, memory and motor function. The frontal lobe also controls your ability to distinguish whether your decisions are good or bad and to see future consequences of those actions. The average person’s frontal lobe reaches full maturity in their late 20’s.
If you’re a part of a remote team, finding the right tools can be difficult. It’s an integral part in determining your company culture, progress and productivity. Your choice of tools can either make or break your company, so make sure you choose the right ones.
We already know that managing a virtual team is tough to do. What’s the toughest part? Communication. That’s exactly what Software Advice, a company that researches online PM software found in their most recent survey on virtual teams.
Measuring productivity is important. It’s intrinsic in all people to know that what we’re doing today is actually paying off. The only way we can achieve this kind of insight and transparency is to avidly measure our daily tasks. Once we place a direct value on our productivity, we can shift and change based on the result.
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus” – Alexander Graham Bell
Every personality is different. There will never be one single metric that works in every case across the board, so the ability to identify what works is a key step in monitoring your productivity. Take time and analyze the different aspects of your life, then create a series of metrics that fit your unique scenario. Here’s a list to get you thinking in the right direction.
Nootropics are gaining more attention recently, but if you haven’t heard of them before they’ll probably sound like something from a SciFi novel, rather than real life. Nootropics are a kind of drug, often called “smart drugs“, which enhance cognitive functions in the brain. Basically, they make your brain work better.
What are nootropics?
Romanian psychologist and chemist Corneliu E Giurgea led the team that first synthesized the drug piracetam. In 1964 he coined the term nootropic to describe piracetam and other drugs like it that enhance learning acquisition and improve executive processing—things like focus and spatial awareness. He also said that nootropics should be non-toxic and non-addictive.
I’d like for this blog post to be a bit different. I’ve decided to catalogue our experience (up to June 3, 2013) into a simple list post in chronological order. The big idea is to show a glimpse into exactly how we landed the first $55.00 in our bank account.
It was certainly an exciting day.
1. We Focused on Our Product First
Finding Our Audience
We knew when we started that the video conferencing market was packed. And it’s not that we were ignoring Skype, Webex or the other multi-billion dollar major players in the game, we just knew there was enough inefficiency in that market despite their existence, so we decided to go all in.
When we think of an office, we probably imagine a place looking like this: It’s nothing surprising; It’s a typical-looking workplace.
It seems harmless, doesn’t it? Although it seems that way on the surface, research over recent years have shown that working in an office is bad for your health.
You’re probably wondering how this is possible.
Working in an office can actually hurt both your mental and physical health by raising your blood pressure and stretching your waistline. That’s because the office life is mostly sedentary, frustrating in-office activities (like loud phone calls) can increase stress, and it’s easy to fall victim to food temptations like fast food, free snacks, or catered lunches.
Here’s the catch: Even if you regularly exercise outside of work, it still may not be enough to counteract the damage caused by sitting all day. According to this video on office posture by Flikli they said, “Even if you dedicate a lot of time to staying fit, the time you spend sitting is far greater than what’s healthy for your body. Even 1 hour of daily sports can’t compensate for 11-hour sitting sprees.“
Working a flexible job can help you avoid the physical and mental damage caused by working in a traditional office. When your schedule is under your control (and you’re not required to be at the same desk for 8 hours), it’s so much easier to integrate healthier habits into your workday. Here are a few suggestions:
We’ve all done it before: One day, we lose faith in our team or company, so we find an exit and take it.
That’s generally what happens when a team member loses loyalty towards their company. And who can blame them? Why stick around and suffer through a job that makes you unhappy?
I know it’s happened to me in the past. I woke up dreading to go to work, and started eyeing opportunities at other companies. When this feeling comes along, at some point, I eventually leave for a job I can dedicate myself to.
Being able to change up jobs is great for an employee (after all, they’ve left an unhappy job!), but it can be a nightmare for employers. No employer wants to lose valuable team members. High turnover rates can be really costly.
So what’s a business to do to avoid losing team members, aside from chaining them to their desks? Kidding! But increasing team loyalty can be a huge step in the right direction.
Most workdays I feel myself slow down and my mind start wandering in the early afternoon. I often give in to the sleepy feeling and take a nap, but when I have lots to do I might go for a coffee instead, so I can keep working.
You’ve probably been in a similar situation yourself: lacking in energy and with plenty of work to do, we tend to guess at the most effective remedy to perk us up and keep up going.
I wanted to see if research could help me make more informed decisions when trying to keep my energy levels high and I found some really useful information.