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We didn’t use TablePress at Doakio because it’s too hard to handle.

You can’t just Copy and Paste a table from Excel, Google Sheets, or different sheets into the WordPress editor, and when you view the table the text is not center, the filters are in the appropriate position. -Jilo

I figured it why are their two search fields on the table because of this: Click me when I checked the box the search fields becomes two, and also about the pagination I can’t get rid of it. I think that’s the bug when there is a big text column. I did all my best to get rid off the pagination but it’s still on there.

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Aerobic ExerciseBegin an aerobic execrise program.Regular exercise has been found to boost your brain size, particularly the area responsible for memory and learning. The interesting thing to note is that it only applies to aerobic exercises like running and cycling, but not anaerobic ones like resistance training or muscle toning. To add, exercise also improves your sleep and mood, as well as reduces anxiety and stress, which may help slow down cognitive impairment. When you are frustrated because the office internet is very slow and you cannot complete your task, or your teenage son refused to fix his room because well, he does not want to, why not take a walk, a quick run, or get on the treadmill and sweat out your frustration? Chances are you will get out of it a bit more patient, a bit more understanding, able to eventually complete your task and perhaps be able to explain to your son the importance of a clean room (good luck!).2.752.754.25
Ban the CalculatorDon't use your calculator far mathematic problems, instead do them in your head.Remember back at school when we were taught to use our brains to do simple sums like times tables? It’s incredible how we now rely on devices like smart-phones and laptops to calculate really simple equations.
Resist the urge to work things out using an external device and use the device you were born with – your brain!
Be GratefulSpend 15 minutes a day focusing on all the things in life you are grateful for.Remind yourself of the things you are grateful or thankful for in your life. Gratitude will make you think more positively and give you more mental energy. If you’re not having fun at work, be grateful that you have work and are earning a salary. If you’re having challenges in any aspect of your life, understand that challenges make you stronger, and be grateful that you don’t have a boring life.Being grateful reminds you of what’s important. For example, you might be upset about being stuck in traffic. Being grateful for your family will remind you of the traffic’s relative insignificance.Action item: Write down 5 things you are grateful for in your life.1.51.254
Be PresentBe present in every situation you’re in and take the best action you can.Thinking negatively about the past can cause anxiety. Thinking about the future can give you anxiety. Be in the present moment. Accept the situation you’re in and take the best action you can. Wishing you were in a different situation, or wishing you had done something differently in the past will only cause anxiety. The past is out of our control.
Become AmbidextrousWork on being ambidextrous by using your non dominant hand for different things.Work on being ambidextrous. Brush your hair, write, use the mouse and eat/drink with the “wrong” hand.1.53.752.75
Break Tasks into Smaller TasksBreak a big task into smaller ones, to focus on one area or one subject at a time.Sometimes less is more. In order to up your productivity, you need to break big projects into manageable chunks. Think of it this way: you don’t eat a three-course meal in one bite, do you? Just as we eat a meal in multiple bites, try breaking tasks down into smaller and smaller chunks, so you can focus on one area or one subject at a time. You’ll stay motivated and avoid distractions.
Change Your EnvironmentChange your environment by relocating or rearranging your office or workspaceIn a previous article on the Todoist Blog, I talked about the effects of coffee on productivity. Obviously, everyone reacts differently to a cup of coffee; personal tolerances, varying caffeine levels, and time of day are only some of the variables.Another side-effect of coffee that I mentioned, however, is the aroma. For many, simply the smell of coffee can be just as (maybe even more) helpful as actually drinking a cup. This is why, when I’m feeling a dip in productivity, I will leave home and work from a coffee shop. My brain relates the smell and scenery of a coffee shop with work and I immediately feel like buckling down and working through a to-do list.Of course, coffee shops aren’t the only place you can go to get work done. If your work allows, try moving outside for a while, working from a park, or moving to a lounge. Just like taking a walk, simply getting out from behind your desk and working from another location – maybe even simply across the room – can help increase productivity.2.53.54
DanceDance more!We all love winning, and part of that is because celebrating a win releases a flood of dopamine into our system. Even if you’re not the type to do a jig in the office after sending a successful email, you can still celebrate in other ways.
Share the accomplishments to friends via chat. Write a “Congrats!” note to yourself and stick it to your monitor. Do a small fist pump. All of these actions will help cement the feeling of accomplishment so that you’re sure to get your dopamine rush the next time you achieve something.
DebateTake a formal debate class.Take a formal debate class, or join a debate group, so you can learn to successfully argue any side of a position.23.753.25
Declutter Your MindGet organized mentaly by taking better notes and keeping track of projects and tasks.Most people are very busy and have a ton of different things on their mind. We receive information such as emails at a faster pace than ever before. Declutter your mind by delegating, setting reminders, taking notes, and keeping a calendar. To avoid making mistakes, and to declutter your mind, keep as much as you can outside of your brain. For example, if you set a meeting with someone, put it in your calendar so you no longer have to remember it. Keep a to-do list. It will be enable you to be more present and conscious of what you’re doing in a given moment. Delegate what someone else can do for you.
Declutter Your WorkspaceMessy work place can decrease ability to focus. Clean one can makes your excitement for working and focus high.A clean and tidy space has a way of putting your mind at ease and increasing your ability to focus and go full-bore throughout your day. A desk in disarray will make your brain feel as cluttered and overflowing as your inbox. Researchers have found that when there is too much stuff in your field of view (like a messy desk), it has a measurable impact on productivity. They found that too much clutter causes people to lose the brain power necessary to focus.1.52.754.25
Deep ThinkingSet aside several hours at a time undisturbed to think deeply on one important or complex subject.To truly harness the full power of your mind, you need to train your brain to do deep work. This is the ability to produce at your peak level for extended periods of time. It may sound easy, but we rarely do it.
You can start by setting aside a couple of hours each day during which you can completely focus on one task without interruption. Doing so will allow you to more fully engage your brainpower and make significant progress and important breakthroughs on a critical task.
Drink Tea and coffeeDrink tea or coffee for the caffeine.The caffeine in your morning cup of coffee or tea might offer more than just a short-term concentration boost. In a 2014 study published in The Journal of Nutrition, participants with higher caffeine consumption scored better on tests of mental function. Caffeine might also help solidify new memories, according to other research. Investigators at Johns Hopkins University asked participants to study a series of images and then take either a placebo or a 200-milligram caffeine tablet. More members of the caffeine group were able to correctly identify the images on the following day.
Eat Dark ChocolateEat dark chocolate to help protect the brain.The flavonoids in chocolate may help protect the brain. Studies have suggested that eating chocolate could boost both memory and mood.2.51.254
Eat Fresh FruitsEat a variety of fresh fruits daily to help brain development.Oranges and other foods that are high in vitamin C can help defend your brain against damage from free radicals. Eat berries Flavonoids, the natural plant pigments that give berries their brilliant hues, also help improve memory, research shows. In a 2012 study published in Annals of Neurology, researchers at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week delayed memory decline by up to two-and-a-half years.
Eat More Animal Organ MeatsEat more animal organ meats which contain unique nutrients.Fatty fish are abundant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy unsaturated fats that have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid—the protein that forms damaging clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. Try to eat fish at least twice a week, but choose varieties that are low in mercury, such as salmon, cod, canned light tuna, and pollack.324.25
Eat More Good ProteinIncrease your protein intake through supplements or a change in diet.Eggs are a rich source of several B vitamins and choline, which are important for proper brain functioning and development, as well as regulating mood.
Eat Raw SeedsEat raw seeds for micronutrients.Pumpkin seeds are rich in many micronutrients that are important for brain function, including copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Nuts are excellent sources of protein and healthy fats, and one type of nut in particular might also improve memory. A 2015 study from UCLA linked higher walnut consumption to improved cognitive test scores. Walnuts are high in a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which helps lower blood pressure and protects arteries. That's good for both the heart and brain.2.751.54.25
Eat Raw VegetablesEat raw vegetables that are rich in brain-healthy nutrients.Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. Research suggests these plant-based foods may help slow cognitive decline.
Educational TelevisionWatch television programs or channels that give you new ideas.Television programs in the field of distance education. Programs that have new ideas. Example Natgeo, Discovery Channel, and etch.2.251.753.5
Establish A StreakStart a winning streak by tracking your successive successes on paper for an important or difficult task.A streak is just a visual reminder of how many consecutive times you achieved something. In games, it’s often used to track wins but you can also use it in everyday activities for the added dopamine boost.
The easiest way to do this is to take a calendar and put an X in the box everyday you do something, like cleaning your desk or eating a healthy lunch. Soon enough, you’ll have a neat row of X’s there to show off as your streak.
Having a streak increases dopamine production in the same way completing a task does. While you haven’t completed the entire goal, just knowing that you’re going in the right direction makes your brain give you enough of a dopamine burst to keep on going.
FastTry fasting for several days (eat no food).Try skipping all food intake for 1-3 days. The human body can go up to 3 weeks without food, but it's good to keep fasts to under a week for safety sake. You can also take a modified fast, where you still drink water infused with honey or lemons for energy, etc. Fasting is an amazing way to break through all kinds of mental, emotional, and spiritual walls.1.53.753.5
First Things FirstDo the most important things first each day, don't procrastinate.You only have so much time and energy, and chances are you’ll never have enough of both to accomplish everything (you think) you need to do every day. What you really need to do is focus on the most important tasks first. Not everything on your list is urgent.
Take a moment to identify your Most Important Task (MIT). This is the most critical thing you must get done -- get it off your plate first thing. By knocking out your biggest task, you’ll ensure that you’ll have a productive day no matter what.
Focus on What’s in your ControlFocus on what you have control over, and ignore things you can not change.Stoics believe in focusing on what’s in our control, and not what’s our of our control. Wanting or hoping for things that are not in our control will disrupt our tranquility. Worrying about or hoping for something that we don’t have an impact on can cause anxiety. Action item: List what you’re currently worrying about or hoping for and differentiate what is in your control from what is not.
Forgo the GPSTry navigating to different locations without a GPS.Many people use smartphones or GPS devices to navigate their way around road closures and traffic jams. Scientists, however, have discovered that a dependence on technology for wayfinding could actually be detrimental to brain function, hindering our spatial awareness and orientation.
Creating “mental maps” actually exercises areas in the brain called the amygdala and the hippocampus, which control spatial memory and long-term memory, respectively. Something as simple as your commute to and from work, or finding that new lunch spot without google maps, can help to keep your brain active and functioning optimally.
Get a MassageGet a full body massage to help relax and release dopamine.By extension, activities with a lot of touching also boost dopamine, including massages. I probably don’t need to convince you to get a massage though, since you know for a fact that it reduces stress and tension in your muscles. But if you haven’t had one for a while, it’s high time to get one at your local spa.3.51.54
Get a PetGet a pet to increase empathy and relaxation.The principle of increasing dopamine through touch also extends to animals, so make it a habit to stroke or hug your pets. They need it as much as you do! But it’s likely this only extends to mammals so it works with dogs, cats, and even bunnies. Don’t expect your pet iguana to like it as much though.3.752.754
Go OutsideSpend more time outside in nature.Exposing your skin and eyes to sunlight will give you Vitamin D, which can boost energy. In addition, our minds and bodies are used to being awake during the daytime and we naturally have more energy during the daytime. Getting exposure to sunlight reminds our body that it’s daytime and that we should have more energy. Action item: if you’re feeling tired while at the work, take a short break outside in the sun.2.753.254.25
Have Fun!Inject more fun into your life by doing things that make you happy.Don’t forget to allocate time to friends and family, hobbies, etc. These activities provide excitement and keep you motivated. It seems counter intuitive, however taking a break from work can actually help you get more work done. Having fun stimulates your brain in a way that improves energy levels.Action item: Set times out of your week for hobbies or activities you find fun.21.753.75
Hug SomeoneGive someone you care about a long hug.Hugging someone for a full 30 seconds does unique things in the human brain. Find someone you care about and give them a nice long bear hug. This helps leverage the creative power of love in your life.1.523.25
HyperbaricsUndergo a course of hyperbaric treatments to repair your brain.Often times our minds are cluttered by actual, physical brain injury. Hyperbaric treatments (either in a soft chamber or a hard chamber) have been shown to empirically improve blood flow to the brain.2.52.54
Improve Air QualityRedirect air flow so you have fresh air from outside, or use a good air filter to clean dirty air.Not only does sitting for extended periods of time have a tremendously negative impact on your physical health (and even life expectancy), being cooped up behind a desk or in an office all day seriously affects your mental health, too.Every so often, get up out of your chair and stretch. Get the blood flowing, disengage your mind, and decompress. As humans, we need natural light in our lives, and a single breath of fresh air can work wonders on your mental state. Step outside, take in the sun rays.I use an app called BreakTime on my Mac and 30/30 on iOS to remind myself to take a five to 10 minute break every 55 minutes. I don’t always do the same thing on these breaks – I just get away from work for a short period and focus on something completely unrelated. Sometimes I’ll take a short cruise on my skateboard, play a game on my phone, step outside and take in some nature, or go find a light snack.After the short break, you will come back to work feeling refreshed, less stressed, and in a better mental state to get things done.2.752.253.5
Improve Sleep PatternsGet more sleep, and better sleep.Studies have shown the effect of dreaming on improving learning, memory and performance. In one such study by Harvard, participants who slept and dreamt for 90 minutes performed better at a task compared to those who didn't. Having a good’s night rest is important, but napping can also help. It won’t directly make you smarter, but it can potentially help with problem solving.1.751.54.75
Join a Specialty ClubJoin a club that requires mental activity or creative though processes.Mathematics club, Science club, Research club and etch. There are so many clubs that can help you to learn new ideas that can help your mental production.
Know Your Body ClockBase on your current body clock, try to get the most work done when you are most awake and attentive.Schedules give our days structure and a timetable to revolve around. However, not everyone functions on the same timetable. We all have natural rhythms that influence our ability to focus and produce.
The key is to match your highest priority work to your most productive hours of the day. Pay attention to your body clock. Most people tend to be most alert in the morning, and our concentration often starts to slide in the afternoon.
LaughBring more humor into your life and laugh more.The release of endorphins caused by laughter will reduce stress levels--that's great for long-range brain health. Also, laughter usually leaves you more open to brand new thoughts and ideas. There is a reason that ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ . Laughter actually triggers healthy physical effects in your body. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, destroys pain and negate stress in the body. It releases endorphins that you get from physical exercise, activities and chocolates. There are efforts you can put to keep that those teeth out for display. Some of them can be going to a comedy club, watching a funny movie, laughter therapy, making time for fun activities like Karaoke, Bowling, Playing silly and just goofing around with friends and folks. Create these experiences to keep yourself healthy and smart.1.251.753.5
Learn a New LanguageStart learning a new language.Find a good program online (many are free) and start leaning a new language.
Learn A New SportLearn a new sport that involves both the mind and body.Start doing an athletic exercise that utilizes both mind and body, such as yoga, golf, or tennis.2.252.753.5
Learn to CookTake up cooking as a hobby and try new recipes.Learn how to cook a new cuisine. Cooking uses a number of senses: smell, touch, sight, and taste, which all involve different parts of the brain.2.752.753
Learn to SingTaking singing classes or practice singing regularly.Singing improves mental alertness
Improved blood circulation and an oxygenated blood stream allow more oxygen to reach the brain. This improves mental alertness, concentration, and memory. The Alzheimer’s Society has even established a “Singing for the Brain” service to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s maintain their memories.
LightingImprove the lighting in your workspace by bringing in more sunlight or by using a full spectrum bulb.Lighting also has a major effect on your productivity. Warm lighting may be more cozy, but lighting with a blueish hue can spark productivity and, according to a study from October, have a similar effect to 240mg of caffeine. This should come as no surprise, as this blue light is often the culprit for keeping you up at night. Backlights on mobile devices and laptops tend to emit blue light, which inhibits the release of melatonin, fooling your brain into thinking it’s still daytime. Warm lighting, if bright enough, can have the same effect, especially in the evening hours.
It’s best to use these lighting techniques to your advantage. If your mobile devices are keeping you up at night, use applications like F.lux for Mac or Lux for Android, which will artificially add some warmth to the color of your display. Use blue LEDs to light your work station for a period during the day. And use natural light in the evening to help ease you out of a long work day.
This list certainly isn’t the be-all and end-all of exercises you can use to keep your productivity levels high. If you have some tips you want to share or thoughts on anything mentioned here, drop a comment below!
Listen to a Wide Variety of MusicListen to various kinds of music to stimulate the mind in different ways.The first thing I do when I sit down to begin working each day is open Spotify. Without music, my mind wanders and I’m prone to give into every distraction. If there is some background music, however, I tend to get right to work, forget about what’s going on around me, and tap into a heightened state of focus.That said, there should be parameters to the music you listen to while working. Certain songs or types of music can and will be distracting while working. Songs I know the words to, in particular, pull me out of my work and I often find myself singing or tapping along. Depending on the work I’m doing, this isn’t always a bad thing. But if I really need to focus and get some serious work done, I typically throw on some classical or instrumental music just to disrupt the background noise (or lack thereof), engage my mind, and buckle down.I’ve sometimes been known to also throw on some white noise or nature sounds, such as rain on a tin roof or gentle waves.Years of research has yielded tons of conflicting results on how music affects productivity, and you’ll likely find it affects your personal productivity differently than mine. Some say its the sound masking that helps or the mood spike you get from your favorite music that brings on an upswing in your productivity. Some find noise or music harmful to productivity.The best solution is to find what works for you and stick with it. For me, it’s not always the same thing. If I’m not feeling the classical music one day, I may switch to death metal (yes, death metal) for a while and experience the most focused state I’ve had in months.21.754.25
Listen to Classical MusicListen to classical music.In a study at University of California, scientists discovered that kids who sang daily in chorus and studied piano, were a lot better at solving puzzles, and scored 80 percent better in spatial intelligence than a non-musical group. In an additional study, 36 students were provided three spatial reasoning exams on an IQ test. Right before the first exam, they heard a Mozart sonata for Two Pianos within D Major, K. 448 for 10 minutes. Prior to the second exam, they heard a relaxation tape. Prior to the third, they remained in silence. The median scores for the 36 students: 1st exam: 119. 2nd exam: 111. 3rd exam: 110. That is a nine point increase from Mozart!, And also listen to other Baroque musician.1.751.253.75
Listen to Mental Music
Listen to music in your mind by singing in your own head to your favorite tunes even when no music is playing.But even if you don’t have music in your pocket, anticipating melodies and lyrics actually has the same effect. If you seem to perk up when the intro to your favorite tune plays, that’s because you’re anticipating the chorus to come soon. It’s also probably the reason why we love humming along and even belting out classic songs, whether we like it or not.223.5
Lose Some WeightLose weight and get in shape.I mentioned above that dopamine helps you lose weight. But the reverse is also true: you losing weight increases your dopamine. That’s because being overweight reduces the number of dopamine receptors that you have.
The good news here is that if you do start trying to lose weight, those receptors come back and as a result help you boost dopamine as well. It’s a virtuous cycle that will help you reach your ideal weight!
MeditationPractice daily meditation.Meditation has been found to rewire our brain networks that improve our mind and body health. Meditating can boost our brain functions, increase attentivity, lower stress levels, improve blood pressure, and may even help us to make smarter decisions. Apart from our brains, meditating can also help improve our inflammatory response and DNA stability, which may potentially increase our longevity.1.7523.75
MemorizeMemorize useful information, and random information.Memorize useful information, and random information (digits of pi, ages of presidents, etc.). Memorization itself can help your brain create new neural pathways.1.252.753.5
Mental Video GamesPlay mental improvement video games.There's a whole category of games out there designed to improve or test your logic and other mental abilities. Give some of them a try!
MonotaskPractice monotasking (the opposite of multitasking) to help focus on just one thing at a time.By now, most of us know that multitasking isn’t really a thing, and yet we still struggle to stop doing it. It seems like we have too much going on to focus on one thing. Do yourself a favor and give monotasking a try. Try looking at your calendar at the beginning of each week and assign yourself a specific focus each day. One day might be focused on administrative work, while another is concentrated on an upcoming project.1.524.25
MultitaskTry spending an hour a day multitasking on multiple things at once.Challenge yourself with a whole new experience.Do more of what exhausts your brain.Your brain needs exhaustion to grow. Do some multitasking.1.2532.5
Neeuro SenzebandUse the Neeuro Senzeband headband to track your mental state and exercise mentally.We get moments at work and at home when we are stumped (my brain is not working!), we are angry at someone, or are simply frustrated. We need a brain booster aside from caffeine and that walk to help us sweat.
An innovative product has been introduced in the market that helps us achieve a healthier mind. The Neeuro Senzeband is a brain fitness solution that trains and tracks your mental state. Sleek in design, easy to wear, this headband is paired with an app called Neeuro Memorie with games that are neuroscience-designed, with the objective of exercising the brain. It is fun as you play, measure and strengthen your brain.
PharmaceuticalsConsult your doctor for the medicine that you want to take for your brain.Just go to your Doctor and get some advice What suites for your brain. All medicine for your brain is good but drink responsibly.31.753.25
Play Board GamesPlay board games that involve strategy or problem solving.Games like Chess, Checkers, and Go can help your mind work in new ways, and it can help you relax and release stress. Crossword puzzles, sodoku, etc.2.7523.75
Practice Lucid DreamingPractice lucid dreaming.This takes time, but the idea is to stay in bed and try to be conscously aware of what you are dreaming, as you dream.
Practice MinimalismPractice a minimalist lifestyle and remove excess things from your life.Learn to say “no” and eliminate excess in your life. Throw away what you don’t need. When you have fewer items in your life, there is more space for things you want.23.252.75
Practice Negative VisualizationPractice nevagite visualization, where you contemplate what good things you have and visualize your life without them.Negative visualization originated in a philosophy called Stoicism. Stoics periodically contemplate,but don’t worry about, “worst-case scenarios.”Negative visualization is practiced to lessen the impact if these scenarios do come true. In addition, it’s intended to reduce insatiability and force you to appreciate what you do have. Most of us spend our idle time thinking about the things we want but don’t have. We would be much better off, Stoics believe, to spend this time thinking of all the things we have and reflecting on how much we would miss them if they were not ours.1.752.52.75
Public SpeakingTake up public speaking as a hobby.Join a public speaking club where you each take turns giving a presentation to a crowd. This can help you develop as a leader, and it helps you think about others (your audience) in a different way.23.753.25
Pursue your PassionsPursue your passions by doing what means the most to you professionally and personally.Taking part in activities, professionally and personally, that you’re passionate about leads to more happiness. Spending time on activities that you don’t enjoy can be exhausting. Action item: What do you love doing? How can you arrange your career or lifestyle so you can do more of it?2.53.254
Put Away Your Cell PhonePut away your cell phone for the entire day.Our smartphones and mobile devices have become a pervasive part of our lives, to the detriment of our productivity. Research has found that U.S. consumers spend at least 5 hours a day on their mobile devices, with about half that time spent on social media, messaging and entertainments apps. By simply putting your phone away for periods of time, or at least turning off notifications, you’ll gain hours of productivity and focus.1.253.254
Read and Write BackwardsRead and write backwardsAgain, to get the full benefit, spend a few minutes each day writing and reading text that is backwards.
Read More BooksRead more books more often.Reading relieves tension and stress, which is brain-cell killers because it’s a form of escapism.
Research has also shown that using your imagination is a great way to train your brain because you force your mind to ‘picture’ what you are imagining. Reading is a great way to trigger your imagination!
Read Upside DownRead upside down.Stretch your brain by spending a few minutes each day reading upside down.1.543
Reduce Alcohol ConsumptionTry drinking a very moderate amount of alcohol - not too much, but more than one.While a couple of glasses of wine can help clear the mind after a busy day, new research shows that it may actually help clean the mind as well. The new study shows that low levels of alcohol consumption tamp down inflammation and helps the brain clear away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer's disease.1.2523.75
Repair Broken ThingsRepair broken things yourself instead of taking them to the repair shop.When something is broken, find creative repair solutions using common objects. Make do with what you have; make repairs with odd items and ingenuity. YouTube or Google are great sources of how to fix items in a Do It Yourself (DIY) style.1.753.53.25
Set Daily GoalsSet daily goals on a list to stay focused.Get organized by dividing your day into goals, each with a clear purpose. Think of this as a detailed to-do list of prioritized daily tasks. Keeping a to-do list is the simplest and easiest proven tool to ensure you stay focused and increase your productivity. Set reasonable targets for each day. All you need to get organized is a pen and paper, or even just an app on your smartphone.2.2534.25
Set Deadlines and Stick to ThemSet deadlines and stick to them.Deadlines can be a great way to control procrastination, but research has found that self-imposed deadlines don’t work for true dawdlers. Instead, hard deadlines that are evenly spaced out are most effective. So, if you’re struggling to find your mojo for a project, set firm deadlines with your boss or client, and make sure they are reasonable and sufficiently spaced out to accomplish the task.
Silence All NotificationsSilent or off notifications to focus on something that you are working and to avoid distractions.In a world constantly filled with dings, vibrations, and pop-ups, it’s unbelievably easy to get distracted. You can be in the zone, getting more work done in a few hours than you have all week. All it takes to ruin that productive streak is a single buzz from your phone.After that initial break in concentration, it can take 20 minutes or more to regain focus. You may even find it difficult to fall back into that productive state.Over nearly six years of writing, I’ve learned there are few things worse than being ripped out of writing an article mid-sentence. Every day, before I begin writing, I always silence my watch, phones, and tablet; I close the email app, Mailbox, on my Mac; and I make sure any other possible notifications or distractions are silenced.Not everyone can go completely off the grid for a few hours while they work – especially those who work a standard nine to five. What happens if someone actually needs to get in touch with me? What if there is an emergency?Fortunately, technology has come along far enough for such a situation. On iOS, Do Not Disturb has exceptions for contacts in your Favorites and for repeat callers (a second call from the same number in under three minutes). The latest version of Android (Lollipop) also comes with a similar feature. While silenced, you can allow priority notifications from starred contacts. Enabling these features while working will keep distractions to a minimum while not making you totally unreachable in the case of an emergency.For Gmail, you may want to consider using Batched Inbox to only receive mail at set times each day.1.524.25
Socialize MoreSocialize more often with others.Humans are naturally social beings. When you constantly communicate and interact with other people, it stimulates emotion, mood and keeps our brain active. Studies have linked socialisation with better brain health, lower risks of dementia and longer life expectancies. Activities such as exercising in a group, playing games with your friends or joining clubs and associations would bring potential health benefits to your brain.1.752.753.5
Start a Mental HobbyStart a mental hobby that requires focus and attention as apposed to pure amusement.Another way to get your dopamine going is by starting a hobby. But not just any hobby, it needs to be one that requires you to focus. It can be anything from assembling LEGO sets to tuning up your car.233.75
Stay HydratedDrink more water to stay hydrated.Drink more water. The human mind desperately needs a sufficient quantity of water to perform properly. Try using water infused with lemon or other fruits to keep things healthy or interesting. Soda and juices are not a substitute. They can actually dehydrate you (especially sodas).1.751.254.5
Stem Cell TherapyUse stem cell therapy to repair your brain.Like hypebarics, stem cell therapy can also help to repair an injured brain.3.253.754
Sun ExposureExpose yourself to more sunlight to increase vitamin D levels.The reason old folks say the outdoors will do you good has some merit. When you’re exposed to sunlight, it both increases your number of dopamine receptors and gives you vitamin D, which in turn activates genes that help release dopamine. In fact, light in general triggers dopamine release in your eyes, which is probably why we like being glued to our screens.1.752.253.5
Surround Yourself With Great PeopleSpend time with energetic, positive people who are achieving great things.Humans are naturally social people. Building relationships makes us happy and gives us energy. Spend time with people who think positively, and have a lot of energy, and talk in a positive tone. It will make think more positively and give you energy. Action items: Who in your life is overly negative? Should you be spending as much time with them as you do? What kinds of people would you like to spend more time with? Create a game plan for meeting or spending time with these people. It is Wicked Wednesday and you are still in the middle of crafting your new project proposal and yet, the brain is not cooperating. How about have a chatty and productive break during lunch with a friend? You not only catch up on the latest news, that welcome meet-up will help perk your day and help you complete your tasks. Nothing like surrounding yourself with positive people who lift you up.
So those are the 7 ways to face the dreaded days when your brain seems to shut off. For sure there are a lot more ways you have followed for a mental boost. After all, we all embrace a happier life and a healthier mind!
Switch TasksSwitch tasks when you hit a mental wall on a particular task then come back later with fresh ideas.Have you ever been hard at work on a project, feeling totally focused, but after a while you feel like you hit a wall? It’s like your brain just locked up. It could be you’ve been focusing on one thing for too long, and now your brain needs a change of topic. Try switching tasks to something else for a while. Switch it up by working on an entirely different task. Giving your brain a variety of things to work on can help you stay alert and productive for longer.
Take a Cold ShowerTake a cold shower.If you live somewhere ice-cold, taking a freezing shower isn’t pleasant at all. But it can boost your dopamine levels by as much as 250%. Personally, I’ve switched to cold showers and it does give me an envigorating boost afterwards. Of course, just power through that initial icy feeling and you’ll soon prefer it over your regular shower temperatures.1.752.254
Take a Mental VacationSpend several days on a mental vacation where you are away from all forms of mental stimulation.It’s hard, we know, but doing nothing is a good way to refocus your brain and help you pay attention to the present time. Spending time unplugged, disconnected, and in silence can improve your focus, productivity, and creativity.324
Take Advantage of Your CommuteTake advantage of the time you spend commuting by listening to audio books while driving or reading while on public transit, etc.Instead of whiling away your time on social media, use those precious hours to gain more knowledge. Read thought-provoking books and articles or listen to a good podcast. You can also use apps like Curious and Lingvist to learn something new and constructive. Or, use that time to plan important tasks and respond to emails.
Take Brain SupplementsTake some specialty supplements for brain enhancements.Just go to your Doctor and get some advice What suites for your brain. All medicine for your brain is good but drink responsibly.31.54
Take Responsibility for Your EmotionsTake control of your own emotions and remove emotional dependencies.Emotions have a strong effect on your energy levels. If you are feeling sad or embarrassed, you will have less energy. If you are feeling proud or confident, you will have more energy. By taking responsibility for your emotions, you will become less dependent on external validation or circumstances to influence energy levels. When you are responsible for your own emotions, your energy levels will always be high.1.52.754
Take Short BreaksTake a short break away from your work whenever you begin to feel fatigued.A strategic break can be an amazing boost for your brain. Even a short break can give you that burst of inspiration and creativity you’ve been looking for. Taking a brief break from work allows your mind to reset and restores your motivation. When you feel mental fatigue setting in, try stepping away from your desk for a few minutes. You can try stretching, going for a walk or spending a few minutes outside enjoying nature.1.2524
Take Up ArtTake up a form of creative artwork (drawing, painting, etc.) to release emotions.Painting or drawing can be a fantastic mental and emotional release. It helps the creative juices to flow. It doesn't matter what you draw or paint, just do what comes naturally.2.752.753.75
Think PositivelyDeliberately think more positively about your past, your present, and your future.Thinking positive thoughts will make you feel more positive. Feeling more positive and optimistic will boost mental energy. If you’re feeling sluggish or slightly depressed, forcing yourself to think positively is a great way to start reversing negative momentum. Momentum has a profound effect on our energy levels. Energy builds on itself. If your mental energy levels are declining, gets harder and harder to start improving them. If your mental energy levels are improving, it gets easier and easier to keep building it. Focus on the positive in any situation. Take advantage of opportunities present as they present themselves. Instead of thinking about what could go wrong, think about what could go right, or go better than expected.1.52.54
Try The Pomodoro TechniqueUse Promodoro Tecnique to develop attention span by working for 25 minutes straight with 5 minute breaks, three times in a row.Concentration is essential in most professions, and can often mean the difference between productivity and procrastination. It’s possible to maximize concentration levels by using the Pomodoro technique, a psychological strategy that gradually enhances your attention span.By using the Pomodoro technique, you are essentially completing an interval-training workout for your brain. Start by using the timer on your cellphone or computer and work for 25 solid minutes with no distractions until the alarm signals you to take a five-minute break. Repeat this three times and then take a longer break for 20 to 30 minutes. You will have worked intensively for two full hours while also respecting your body’s need for frequent, short breaks.Regular use of this technique can help develop your attention span, allowing you to give projects and tasks undivided focus for longer periods.2.252.753.75
Use Smells for Memory RecallUse different smells to help you memorize and recall things you are studying.Essintial Oils, other smells, flowers, pepermin, cinimon, jasmine, and more.1.751.753.5
Use the Two-Minutes RuleUse the two-minute rule by doing very short tasks immediately (anything that takes less than two minutes), without delay.If a task will take less than two minutes to complete, do it right away. Don’t let these tiny tasks build up for another time, and don’t add them to the bottom of your list. Take two minutes and just do it. You may be surprised by how many things you can accomplish in just a few minutes, such as sending an email or cleaning up your desk.1.52.753.5
Visualize SuccessSuccess visualization can improve information retention, recall and language learning.Neuroscience research has highlighted the impact visualization can have on learning new physical and mental skills. By maximizing the brain’s visual-spatial centres, visualization can improve information retention and recall and language learning.
When you need to learn new information or understand a new concept, combine it with a mental image. Instead of one centre of the brain working to store this data, multiple areas will be activated; this increases the odds that the data will imprint in your mind and connect with other ideas already stored, making it easier for you to remember it later on.
VocabularyIncrease your vocabulary by learning new words.Deliberately chose one or two new words each day that you plan on using during the day.
Walk It OffWalking for at least 20 minutes triggers creation of dopamine.If you can’t squeeze in some intense exercise into your day, you can also just walk around the block. Walking gets your blood flowing and muscles moving, so it does count as exercise, which in turn also triggers creation of dopamine. So even if you abhor walking, try inserting it into your daily routine and pretty soon, you’ll prefer taking the parking slot furthest from your office just to get your steps in.
Work in 90-minute CyclesTry working in 90 minute cycles with 20 minute breaks.A growing body of research indicates that we naturally work in cycles of 90 minutes. During these cycles, we’re better able to engage and focus. This is followed by lower frequency brain activity for about 20 minutes, when we’re apt to feel “brain fog” and may have a harder time concentrating. Harness this natural cycle by working in 90-minute increments, and give yourself a break in between.
WriteWrite a book or an article.Writing is a method of telling the memory what's important, clarifying your thoughts, and helping you remember things more easily in the future. It is also a method of exercising your analytical ability and creativity. Idea-journals, diaries, note-taking, poetry, and story-writing all ways you can increase your brain power. This doesn't mean you have to be a Pulitzer prize winner; simply the act can help expand and better the brain, even if it's something nobody else ever reads.1.753.753.25
Write and Compose MusicTry writing and composing a song of your own.Speaking about singing, performing and creating music also has its own reward. In particular, it’s also a way to get more dopamine into your system. So brush up on your piano lessons and bring down your guitar from the attic to get your dopamine boost.2.753.753.5