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Brain Hacks: for Hyper Island Manchester MA program 1AUG13

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Session for the lovely DMM Masters Degree candidates at Hyper Island Manchester. The purpose of the session was to give some insight on personal productivity in a rapidly changing digital world. The format was discussion, reflection, and a little bit of lecture.

Brain Hacks: for Hyper Island Manchester MA program 1AUG13

  1. 1. www.hyperisland.com Stockholm — Karlskrona — New York — Manchester — Singapore
  2. 2. Brainhacks amy rae
  3. 3. Thissession is aboutproductivity Ittakesplanning, practice,&somescience
  4. 4. Now is amazing
  5. 5. HUNTER GATHERER -> AGRICULTURAL -> INDUSTRIAL -> NETWORKED 50,000 BP -> 10,000 BP -> 1400s -> 1800s -> 1900s
  6. 6. Theresultisthe“attention economy” Attention focused mental engagement on a particular item of information
  7. 7. Ifyouonlyhave24hrs adayinthe machine, Doyouwant to make$10or $500?
  8. 8. 1) Applyhairsprayto yourhands 2)Target onebillat a time 3) Spreadfingers andclaponbills 4) Putbillsin pockets before movingonto catch more 5)Take billsonthe ground& ceiling
  9. 9. “Idon’t have enough time”
  10. 10. Timeandattention arefinite Requestsfor your timeandattention arenot
  11. 11. Speciesthat adapt totheir enviornment besthave the greatest chance of survival
  12. 12. Anevolutionary imperative
  13. 13. Individually - 5 minutes Choose a partner and discuss - 5 minutes ★ What do I do during an average work day? ★ Craft a timeline - from start of day to completion ★ How many tasks do I finish? What is my environment like? What is my primary focus? What distracts me? ★ What do I wish I had time for in an average workday? ★ Read industry publications? Volunteer in my community? Get a jump on an upcoming project? Learn a new programming language? Reflect? Spend time with my family? Work out? Reflecton your workprocess
  14. 14. hacks ★ themyth of multitasking ★ Harnessing Flow states ★ Filtering =newliteracy ★ Useyour tools
  15. 15. Themyth of multitasking 1
  16. 16. Switchtasking Youloseefficiency witheachswitch
  17. 17. ★ Plan time in blocks: email three times a day, examine your use of Twitter, schedule meetings with yourself ★ Turn off notifications ★ Reduce unnecessary email: five sentences or less - five.sentenc.es, Gmail priority inbox + flags & tasks ★ 5 tabs or less ★ Get Concentrating App for Mac or 30/30 app for iPhone
  18. 18. Individually first, then in pairs Coach each other ★ How can I apply these learnings to my average workday? ★ Find inefficiencies in your work process and create interventions ★ What are you doing well? How might you amplify it? Reflecton your workprocess
  19. 19. Harnessing flowstates 2
  20. 20. flow Optimalexperience Peakperformance
  21. 21. ★ Know your flow: what does it feel like? ★ Communicate your needs to others ★ Introversion <-----> extroversion ★ Be a lion - this is your most productive time
  22. 22. Individually first, then in pairs Coach each other ★ How can I apply these learnings to my average workday? ★ Find inefficiencies in your work process and create interventions ★ What are you doing well? How might you amplify it? Reflecton your workprocess
  23. 23. Filtering= Newliteracy 4
  24. 24. Distributed cognition Memorization Vs.Search&filter
  25. 25. ★ Twitter: is it giving you value? 1:1 follow doesn’t make much sense ★ Unsubscribe button ★ RSS vs multiple tabs or bookmarks (Reeder app) ★ Assemble a list of key research tools vs Google search ★ Flipboard/ Feedly vs Twitter stream
  26. 26. Individually first, then in pairs Coach each other ★ How can I apply these learnings to my average workday? ★ Find inefficiencies in your work process and create interventions ★ What are you doing well? How might you amplify it? Reflecton your workprocess
  27. 27. Seek newtools 5
  28. 28. tools Helpyoufind time inunexpectedplaces
  29. 29. ★ TripIt
  30. 30. ★ Expensify
  31. 31. ★ Rapportive
  32. 32. ★ Bump
  33. 33. ★ Docusign
  34. 34. ★ Relax: Mindfulness App
  35. 35. Whatother tools do youuse?
  36. 36. hacks ★ themyth of multitasking ★ Harnessing Flow states ★ Filtering =newliteracy ★ Useyour tools
  37. 37. Create3actions
  38. 38. Behavioral change is theholygrail of life
  39. 39. Practiceactually makesperfect
  40. 40. “Mastering others requires force. Mastering the self requires strength.” - Laozi
  41. 41. Thanks!
  42. 42. www.hyperisland.com Stockholm — Karlskrona — New York — Manchester — Singapore
  43. 43. appendix
  44. 44. 1.What have your energy and attention been focused on lately? Include areas of concern and worry, as well. 2.Where do these items fit in your circle of concern and influence? 3.What happens to your attitude and energy when you focus on the activities in the circle of influence?

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