Nootropics are reported to being widely used in work and at school to help people be more focused. Which begs the question: do nootropics, smart drugs, enhance creative thinking?…
A world where most menial jobs will be taken over by robots is coming. And in that future, humans will focus on cognitively intense jobs where critical thinking and creativity are highly valued. How fast that will happen is an ongoing argument, but what is happening already, and will also become more widespread in the future, is the use of cognitive performance enhancers at school and at work.
Although I believe my ability to retain information is pretty good, in recent weeks I’ve felt like it’s been challenged. So, I decided to disconnect from the one source that provides me with most of my information on a daily basis: Twitter.
Information is coming at us from every angle and our cognitive abilities are being challenged by this fast moving world. This makes it very difficult to focus. But focus doesn’t mean paying attention to every single tweet you see, it means disconnecting from it all.
I like to do this at least a few days a month and just slow my mind down. Daydream a little bit and get productive.
Disconnect and let all that information simmer in your head for a little bit. Disconnect at least 15 minutes every day by going to that quiet corner in your office. Go to the park (it there’s one close) to stop thinking about it all.
I go to the top of my office building.
The above picture is from the top of my office building. We have a large terrace at the top which has a suspended running track. That’s right a running track. I use it to walk and take it all in.
Expertise is the enemy of innovation right? Yes, but even experts can think differently. And, there’s much to learn from them on how they are able to overcome their ‘know-it-all’ tendencies.
Indeed, research into expertise and expert performance explains how great strategists use mental frames to break cognitive barriers that prevent others from seeing new options. It is not just that experts know more about the problem—in fact they often know less—but they think differently. They restructure, reorganize, and refine their representation of knowledge so as to more efficiently apply knowledge to solve problems.
Thinking differently is just a matter of shifting your frame. Of seeing things from a different point of view. But what inhibits us from being able to think differently?
More specifically, what happens inside our minds that limit our capacity to think differently?…