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Brainhack

Book Description

Hack into the secret power of your brain

Your Brain
100 Billion Neurons
100 Trillion Connections
And you only command 5% of it.

Now it's time to take back control!

In Brainhack, creativity coach Neil Pavitt gives you tips and tricks to re-programme your brain, developing the skills and insights that can transform how you think, solve problems and make decisions.

This book will help you:

• Learn to think smarter
• Become more focused
• Discover creative approaches to problem-solving
• Generate ideas with innovative techniques
• Unlock your brain blocks

Table of Contents

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. PART 1 THINKING SMARTER
    1. 1 Make a Done List
      1. Don't Break the Chain
      2. Just try to do a little bit every day
    2. 2 Change Your Memories
      1. Accentuate the Positive
    3. 3 Be Kinder, Be Happier
    4. 4 Reward Upfront
    5. 5 Make a Better Impression
    6. 6 Exercise More to Make Your Brain Run better
      1. Un-Identical Identical Twins
    7. 7 Let Your Body Do the Talking
      1. The Fake Smile
      2. Be More Determined – Cross Your Arms
      3. Stand Like Superman, Be Like Superman
    8. 8 Be More Musical
    9. 9 Don't Get Labelled
      1. Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, but Words They Can Control You
      2. What's in a Name?
      3. Maluma or Takete
  3. PART 2 GETTING STARTED
    1. 10 See Things Differently
      1. An Uphill Battle
      2. We've Got Our Eyes on You
      3. Think of a Colour
    2. 11 Watch Cat Videos
      1. Laughing All the Way to the Bank
      2. Seeing a Joke Coming
    3. 12 Don't Be Biased
      1. You Be the Judge
      2. Biased About Our Own Bias
    4. 13 Practice With Purpose
    5. 14 Stop Moaning
      1. Don't Moan. Complain
      2. How To Complain
      3. 1 A complaint should have a purpose
      4. 2 Start with a positive statement
      5. 3 Deliver a lean complaint
      6. 4 End with another positive statement
      7. 5 Consider your listener
      8. 6 Use social media properly
      9. 7 Let it go
      10. “Get” Your “But” Into Gear
    6. 15 Don't Get Stressed
      1. Turn Performance Anxiety into Performance Energy
    7. 16 Make Fewer Decisions
    8. 17 Count the Days, Minutes and Hours
    9. 18 Look on the Bright Side
  4. PART 3 PROBLEM SOLVING
    1. 19 Take a Break
      1. Working Holiday
    2. 20 Just Start
    3. 21 Take Away the Context
      1. Boil down Your Problem and Let It Simmer
      2. Tease Your Brain
    4. 22 Keep Asking Why
      1. Why, oh why, oh why?
    5. 23 Sleep Well
      1. The A to Zzzzzzz of Sleep
      2. The Nap Zone. Time to Hit Snooze.
      3. 10, 20 or 40 Winks?
    6. 24 Be More Sarcastic
      1. Health and Safety
      2. Contempt
      3. Resentment
      4. Friendly banter
    7. 25 Take Notes
    8. 26 Notice Your Mistakes
    9. 27 Write by Hand
      1. The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard
  5. PART 4 IDEA GENERATION
    1. 28 Map It Out
    2. 29 Run a Brain Marathon
    3. 30 Do Something Different
      1. To Think Different, Do Different
    4. 31 Don't Try to Have Good Ideas
      1. Don't Fall in Love
      2. Feed the Mind
    5. 32 Think Like a Child
    6. 33 Don't Finish
      1. Writer's Hack
    7. 34 Take Part in Name Calling
      1. You and I
      2. Time to Talk It Out
    8. 35 Stay Focused
      1. Single-Tasking
      2. Focus Training
      3. A Busy Mind Is a Focused Mind
      4. Don't Waste the Power Hour
    9. 36 Work Messy
  6. PART 5 BREAKING THROUGH AND INNOVATING
    1. 37 Enjoy Being Blocked
      1. Blocked Not Block
      2. A Walk Round the Block
      3. At the start
      4. In the middle
    2. 38 Think Like Goldilocks
    3. 39 Take a Walk, Have a Shower
      1. The Cat's Away, the Mice Will Play
      2. Walk the Walk
      3. Walk and Talk
    4. 40 Switch Off
      1. Bored Yet?
      2. Not All Daydreamers Are Created Equal
    5. 41 Think When You're Tired
      1. Tired Ideas
    6. 42 Just Say It
      1. The Nodding Teddy Bear
      2. Rubber Ducking
    7. 43 Give It the Overnight Test
      1. Frankenstein
      2. The Sewing Machine
      3. Google PageRank
      4. To Sleep, Perchance to Solve a Problem
    8. 44 Plan a Pre-Mortem
      1. Accentuate the Negative
      2. Legitimized Bitching
    9. 45 Make a Story of It
      1. Death by Bullet Point
      2. Bringing Life to a Story
  7. REFERENCES
  8. IMAGE AND ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
  9. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  10. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  11. EULA