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How to Upgrade your Inner Processor in 4 Easy Steps

Increase your productivity by improving brain functions
wrote this on October 18, 2011
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Your brain is the single most powerful tool you’ll ever get to use.

Inside your brain, at any given moment, there are millions of transmitters, connectors and cells working hard to keep our bodies functioning.  Some of the needs are more “basic” in nature and are automated like breathing and inner organ functions; others are more complex and require more energy and practice to maintain optimally.

Like any processor, your brain consumes large amounts of energy, it’s constantly active, absorbing its environment and processing events.  Often, its ability to process events is limited due to certain behaviors we adopt during the years.

You can increase your brain’s capacity to process information quite easily as it turns out.  Focus on the following:

#1 Exercise, get your 8 hours of sleep and eat healthy

Although it sounds like great fitness advice, your brain needs oxygen and rest to process and recall information faster.  Exercise regularly and you’ll find yourself invigorated and enthusiastic.  Sleep more and you’ll improve your memory.

Eating the right food is important when it comes to processing information better.  Focus on quality foods such as complex carbohydrates (whole wheat bread, oatmeal or brown rice), Omega 3 fatty acids (fish, walnuts or pumpkin seeds) and vegetables or fruits.  For the recordm the processed sugar version called fruit juice is not fruit!

#2 Socialize and change your environment

Get out and have fun, a change in your environment (even if it’s a work environment) creates new neural pathways and boosts ability to tackle new endeavors!

And while you’re at it, make sure that you make new friends!  Creating meaningful relationships will improve your cognitive abilities and your long term memory.  Engaging interactions with other people are like taking your brain to the gym: Bigger “brain muscles” = extra processing power!

Upgrade your Inner Processor with IQTELL

#3 Upgrade your Inner Processor by Getting it out of the box

In his book “Getting Things Done”, David Allen says that by “emptying” the mind from unproductive information, you enhance its ability to process.  It makes sense when you think about it.  If the brain is always running in loops and focusing on “unactionable” tasks, thoughts and unproductive worrying, the brain is unable to process information properly; leaving you stressed and worried.  IQTELL’s application fully supports David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” methodology.  It will prevent “brain drain” and help you maximize your productivity.

#4 In a recent post

By Leo Babauta from Zen Habits, Leo explained how he was able to change his life with four simple “one line” rules:

i. Start very small” – digest the change in bite sized chunks.

ii. Do only one change at a time” – No need to begin changes in several directions, one is enough.

iii. Be present and enjoy the activity (don’t focus on results)” – no one accomplishes anything unless they like what they’re doing.

iv. Be grateful for every step you take” – every win gets you one step closer towards a sharper brain that gets things done 10X faster…

Even people who can buy a Ferrari (I’m not one of them) have to wait more than one year, so upgrading your brain won’t be complete overnight but you can take the very first step now. Join our exclusive club of productivity app users!

* GTD® is a registered trademark of the David Allen Company. IQTELL is not affiliated with the David Allen Company.

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3 responses to “How to Upgrade your Inner Processor in 4 Easy Steps”

  1. This is a great reminder to NOT take our minds for granted. Our brains need care and you’ve shared some simple, important ways for doing that on a regular basis. Thank you for sharing these.

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