Do This With Your Cell Phone if You Want Focused Thinking

To be able to retain and process information optimally, keep your cell phone far away from you. Recent research shows this to be true through studies done on almost 800 smart phone users.

“Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off. That’s the takeaway finding from a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

The findings suggest that the mere presence of one’s smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity and impairs cognitive functioning, even though people feel they’re giving their full attention and focus to the task at hand. “We see a linear trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more noticeable, participants’ available cognitive capacity decreases,” Ward said. “Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about your smartphone, but that process — the process of requiring yourself to not think about something — uses up some of your limited cognitive resources. It’s a brain drain.””

Put Your Cell Away to Focus and be Present

How funny that those tested exerted so much energy on trying not to pay attention to their cell phones that it significantly decreased their ability to focus and concentrate. It’s kind of like “Pavlov’s Dog” with the dog anticipating the bell ringing, and can’t think of any thing else but that the bell will ring soon and they certainly don’t want to miss it. This could add to the existing body of knowledge that shows cell phone addiction, don’t you think? I guess my “note to self” from this study is to turn off and put my phone out of sight in order to be fully present in relating to others and focusing on tasks at hand!


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Journal Reference:

  1. Adrian F. Ward, Kristen Duke, Ayelet Gneezy, Maarten W. Bos. Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity. Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, 2017; 2 (2): 140 DOI: 10.1086/691462

The Value of a Vision

What is Your Vision?https://blog.intercom.com/why-startups-need-a-strong-vision/

My mind quickly conjures up a scene of a  watercolor artist sitting before an easel with a pure white canvas background. Brush in hand, colors and water jar ready, he sees the story he will tell with his strokes before the brush even touches the canvas. He knows the background colors he will use, where the focal point will be, and what the finished painting will look like.

Vision is very important to how we proceed in life, what we accomplish in the fruits of our labor and how we will be remembered. What we choose as a career, or not. Do we marry? How we raise our children and what the direction we point them in. How do we see our seasons of life? What does retirement look like? How do we weather the unexpected storms? Does our vision continue on without us, after we are gone?

I’m seeing fruits on different fronts, standing aside to watch seedlings bud and blossom, and creating new visions where life has provided an unexpected turn in the road.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29.18, a proverb of wise King Solomon. When we have a vision, we have a focus, a direction, a plan, a path and hope to see it come to pass.

 

It’s All About Context

contemplatingThinking and rethinking about the emotionally charged reminders of hurtful situations can lead to anxiety and depression over time. When you think about your worst memory, what do you recall? Do you begin to feel the hurt all over again? Trying to push those feelings down and move on can help you temporarily, but long term, they can build up, continuing to cause us increased emotional pain as we go through more hurtful situations in life.

There’s a much better way to handle those emotionally charged memories that will keep those feelings in check and lead to a healthier way of processing them. [Read more…]

Mindfulness Reduces Stress

summer fruitsWhen your doctor tells you to make lifestyle changes, what does that mean? By now I think everyone knows the big changes to make:

  • Stop smoking,
  • cut out alcohol,
  • start exercising regularly,
  • eat a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, lean meats and nuts.

One could do all of the above, and without working on reducing stress – or learning how to change your perception of things that cause you stress – your risk for stress related health issues will remain the same.

How do we get a handle on stress so that it no longer influences our health in a negative way? [Read more…]

A Great Tip to Increase Your Confidence

Are you like me, getting nervous before a meeting?  Not quick on your feet in responding if something unexpected comes up?  Feel awkward or “out of the moment”?

Here’s a quick and easy thing to do that will help you overcome your jitters, allow you to be poised, self-confident and “in the moment’…. [Read more…]

How Finding My Song of the Day Changed My Life!

Mind Your Mind” is what Candace Keefe, CEO Apriori Beauty writes in her book “How Bad Do You Want It?”. What does that mean in everyday life? It means you have choices to make as to what you see, read, and listen to every moment of every day.  You can choose to look away from, flip the channel, turn the dial or just plain turn off anything that does not encourage or uplift you.

Trying to put that into practice will take lots of will power and discipline, but the rewards will be so worth it. [Read more…]

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