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Neurology for Equity: Rewiring our Brains, Changing our Biases

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Neurology for Equity: Rewiring our Brains, Changing our Biases

Intercultural skills are non-negotiable in our increasingly global world, where humans are more mobile than we’ve ever been, and where technology gives us access to groups and cultures we’d otherwise never get the chance to interact with.   However, a significant barrier to our intercultural skills is one of the brain’s many coping mechanisms: unconscious biases. Biases are like having a stubborn 2 year old in your head all the time -- what it wants is usually what it gets, and it prefers to simplify the world into binaries -- good and bad, black and white, love it and hate...

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Self-Care and Summer Goals

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Self-Care and Summer Goals

  A common conversation topic at the end of every summer (especially in the Pacific Northwest) is whether or not we got to do the things we wanted to do, and that often leads to people talking about how they regret not getting more out of their summer. This is a shame because people also seem to equate summer with self-care, including getting much-needed rest and relaxation. So we wondered -- what if we do a whole post on self-care and getting the most from your summer plans?  If getting self-care into your schedule is something you're working on, or it's important...

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Catch Location Calibration

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Catch Location Calibration

As promised, this is a continuation of our latest Ask Paloma post where we talked to Mimi about what to do when you have too many to-do lists. We left off with the promise of going deeper on catch locations.  What are catch locations? Most people store important information (including email addresses, meeting information, appointments, ideas, lists, etc) in places like apps on their phone, notebooks, calendar apps, Gmail, sticky notes, planners, and even napkins. Each of these are catch locations because it's where key info is "caught".  Why does thinking about catch locations matter?Because a major source of stress can come from having too many of them...

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Ask Paloma -- Productivity Tools For Too Many To-Do Lists

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Ask Paloma -- Productivity Tools For Too Many To-Do Lists

Welcome to our new series Ask Paloma, where Paloma answers a question submitted by a customer. It's like a transcript of a mini coaching session so we can all nerd out and learn together. This particular question was asked by 11:11 Supplies Store Manager, Mimi Solum, and covers some of the tools we'll cover at our upcoming workshop BRAIN-FRIENDLY PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS (held on June 23rd, 2018). Sign up here to attend this workshop.  THE QUESTIONMimi brought her most common frustration to the table: "I am a list addict. I have lists everywhere, in my planner, multiple notebooks, my phone, on scraps of paper in the...

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Paper Rules: The Science of Laptops vs Pen & Paper

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Paper Rules: The Science of Laptops vs Pen & Paper

Whether you're studying for school, or in a work meeting trying to process more information: Reach for paper (not your laptop) to get the most gains from your brain.   THE SCIENCE: Studies show that taking notes on paper, aka analog style, increases your brain's ability to both understand AND remember the information later (compared to taking notes on your trusty laptop).  One study found that students performed worse on tests of conceptual knowledge (vs strict memorizing) when they took notes on laptops instead of on paper.  Another study shows that writing with pen or paper improves retention of information (vs using a keyboard) because...

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