Productivity

Pause App Slows You Down so You Can Focus and Relax

.@ustwo's #Pause App Slows You Down so You Can #Focus and #Relax

Pause is a beautiful new mindfulness app from ustwo, the creators of the popular game Monument Valley. Inspired by Tai chi, the developers took a unique approach to help you find meditative states. The Pause app guides you to make micro movements with your finger via hypnotizing visual feedback and sound cues. These slow, deliberate movements shift your state of mind to become more present, relaxed and focused.

The experience begins with soothing sounds and text prompting you to place your fingertip on the screen. When you do, a small lava-lamp style blot appears and begins to swell in size. "You can interpret it as your energies of focus regrouping" says studio head Marcus Woxneryd. From there, the app encourages you to make micro movements to grow the blot until it envelopes the entire screen. Then, the app suggests you close your eyes to let yourself fall into a deeper state of calm attention. A bell chimes when the session is over.

Although Pause is not vetted with controlled trials, its approach is backed by scientific research and theory. The developers incorporated Attention Restoration Theory and physiology to activate the parasympathetic nervous system for the relaxation response.

Pause is available for iOS and Android.


The above article was written by Josiah Hultgren, Founder of MindFullyAlive.

The Best Way to Access Your Creativity

The Best Way to Access Your #Creativity at Work

The written content of the post was authored by best-selling author and neuroscience expert, Mark Robert Waldman. It is posted with his permission.


Contrary to what many believe, creativity is not something that you need to stir up within yourself. In fact, it naturally occurs in your brain several times an hour. But how does one best tap into the creative brain? How does one make space for it in a busy work environment? 

By practicing the steps below for 60 seconds every hour, you can dramatically improve your ability to access your creativity.

  1. Close your eyes
  2. Deeply relax
  3. Invite your brain to daydream

What happens next

Thoughts and feelings will bounce around chaotically. That's creative mind-wandering. Watch it without interfering because this is your brain's way to solve the problems you've been working on. Now throw yourself back into work and notice how your productivity increases as your stress levels drop.

Neuro-Tip

Before your 60-second daydreaming break, ask your brain a question you want solved. Then let your mind wander. Afterward, ask your intuition for an insight and pay attention to anything your creative imagination suggests. It may be golden advice!


Check out Mark Waldman's free 6 Days to Enlightenment email series for information on how you can access enlightened states often and easily.

A Simple Way to 3x Your Chances of Reaching Your Goals

How to Increase Your Odds at Reaching Your #Goals 300%

The written content of the post was authored by best-selling author and neuroscience expert, Mark Robert Waldman. It is posted with his permission.


Psychologist Heidi Grant recommends using if/then planning to improve performance and increase your chances of reaching your goals by 300%. 

If/then plans work, she says, because they “are built into our neurological wiring.” This kind of thinking helps “people decide exactly when, where, and how they will fulfill their goals,” providing powerful triggers for taking action. 

She recommends using these three styles of if/then thinking:

  1. Replacing 
    “If I start to engage in an unproductive behavior (procrastinating, worrying, stressing out, etc.), then I will do _______________.” Choose an activity that will interrupt it (relaxing, focusing on your values, seeking advice from a colleague, etc.)
     
  2. Ignoring
    “If I feel the urge to ________, then I’ll ignore it.”
    This form of thought suppression has been proven to be very effective.
     
  3. Negating
    “If I slip into a bad habit (over-working, over-eating, etc.), then I’ll choose to interrupt it.” By consciously making this type of commitment, you are more likely to remain on track.


Check out Mark Waldman's free 6 Days to Enlightenment email series for information on how you can access enlightened states often and easily.