3 easy ways to unleash your brain’s full potential


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How’s your brain? Is it doing all it possibly can to help you think smarter, become more focused, discover creative approaches and generate ideas?

Or maybe it’s just sitting idly by while your fingers mindlessly type word after word after word of your final assignment. With exams fast approaching, it’s time to get the most out of your gray matter. And we’ve found a book to help.

Brainhack: Tips and Tricks to Unleash Your Brain’s Full Potential (2016) by Nigel Pavitt promises to ‘help you become more productive, more creative and help you see more clearly why you do what you do’.

We read Pavitt’s enlightening section on Thinking Smarter and thought we’d share what we learnt. Here are Pavitt’s three brain hacks to thinking smarter:

1. Make a done list

Pavitt pooh pooh’s To Do Lists. He says they just create stress and anxiety about the work you have to do (or don’t do). Instead, Pavitt recommends making a list of all the things you have achieved. He says ‘a done list of things you have achieved creates positive associations and creates new connections in your brain making you feel more positive about yourself’.

2. Reward upfront

Do you reward yourself when you achieve goals? Maybe it’s a giant Toblerone for getting a distinction on your oral presentation. Well, Pavitt is suggesting you buy the massive 4.5kg chocolate bar before starting work on your oral presentation. And then deny yourself it’s chocolatey goodness when you just miss out on your intended grade. But you won’t, because you’re far more likely to achieve your goal if you have something to lose.

3. Be more musical

Pavitt cites a bunch of studies which prove that music can help your brain to grow. Apparently, ‘Harvard neurologist Gottfried Schlaug found that the brains of adult professional musicians had a larger volume of grey matter than the brains of non –musicians’. And if that isn’t enough to convince you to learn a musical instrument, did you know that Einstein played the violin? We are hoping that kicking back with our favourite Spotify playlist has the same effect. Fingers crossed (and tapping along to rockin’ 90’s tunes).

Brainhack: Tips and Tricks to Unleash Your Brain’s Full Potential is available online in the Books 24×7 database.