NERD OUT

WHERE ARE YOUR KEYS?

Paloma Medina

Tags dishes, hooks, losing, lost, organization, trays

WHERE ARE YOUR KEYS?

If you're like most of us, there's an object in your life that you repeatedly lose: Keys, phone, your favorite pen, sunglasses and other important items can be frustrating to track down.  The key (no pun intended) is to create "environmental cues". THE PSYCHOLOGY: There's two important things about the brain we can leverage here: It feels rewarded by visually-pleasing things,  and it looks to its environment for cues about what to do next.  So, beautiful "cues" (a hook, a little box) increase the likelihood that your brain will want to put things in a consistent place, making those things always easy...


The Science of Focus

Paloma Medina

Tags CLUB ELEVEN, creativity, earbuds, focus, headphones, problem-solving

The Science of Focus

Sound can be a powerful tool for getting things done. Here's our guide to headphones, earbuds, and the soundtrack for focus.  REPETITIVE or PHYSICAL TASKSSuch as cleaning or copy-pasting digital contentChoose: Upbeat music, heavy-bass music, with or without lyrics. To stay on-task, pick music you already know and love (new music may distract you by introducing an element of surprise). Psychology: Researchers have found that motivation increases with our favorite music. In one study, factory workers' productivity and happiness increased simply by playing upbeat music while they worked. This applies only to work that does not require prefrontal cortex functions (ie creative...