Work is a type of mental exercise and it sometimes is not the right kind the brain needs in a given moment.  It’s why people will want to sometimes listen to music while they work, or prefer having careers that focus on using a different part of their brain; from a financial professional to a product designer to a professional ballet dancer – all very different.  

The human brain is fascinating.  There is so much we are continuing to learn about the brain every day.  The sources I read are BBC, The Economist and Scientific American, if I have it.  Radiolab is a source of curious episodes exploring their discoveries, including that of the human brain.  

I digress – to work effectively and deliver strong results, I vary how I exercise my brain with content consumption of news and entertainment, in the forms of print, website, mobile or radio.  I study languages, have an addiction to science news, practice yoga for meditation and movement, and take time to explore creativity in the forms of drawing and dance.  My brain loves it and I can plow through heaps of work by stimulating my brain with different types of exercise regularly.  

Another good exercise are Lumosity games.  Lumosity provides you with different five different games daily.  The games are focused in one of five areas: 

  • Speed 
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Flexibility 
  • Problem Solving
These five areas are valued and create your Brain Performance Index (BPI), a measure of cognitive performance.  It helps sharpen your brain and allows you to use a different area of your brain to refresh you for work.  When I have a lot to get done or will be working late, I take a lumosity practice to re-focus and yes, I will still do pushups if needed.  Integrating this to a daily habit is tough and to do so, like most things, I set a calendar reminder.  
 
 
Brains Thrive On Challenge
Image source: http://blog.lumosity.com/challenge-2012/
 
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