You can’t expect yourself to perform well on the job unless you pay attention to brain fitness. Stress and job pressure can cause you to lose or forget things, but you can actually do a few exercises to prevent brain fog.
Our brains are sensitive to many things, and they respond when you take good care of them. Don’t take your brain for granted. Here are three things you need to respect if you rely on your thinking skills in your career.
1. Use your whole brain
2. Sharpen your focus
3. Maintain your motivation
Whole Brain Exercises While a lot has been exaggerated about right- and left-brained people, the truth is we all use both sides of the brain. But successful colleagues use more of both sides; they don’t ignore one side simply because they prefer the other. Just as we all have problem-solving thinking styles, we all have habitual ways of using our brains.
The right hemisphere of the brain provides more creative and flexible visual and spatial processing. The left is used more in structured, analytical thought processing and focuses on language and symbols. The two sides of the brain are connected by a wide band of cells that passes information between the two hemispheres.
To develop whole brain thinking, you can do a number of things:
• Try using online mind-mapping tools
• Engage in both mental and physical exercise
• Try certain sports like tennis, golf, and dancing
When you combine physical movements with structure, such as in a dance routine, you engage both linear and non-linear thinking. This will help you boost both your powers of perception and your creative visualization.
In the work I do coaching people in organizations, I see a few successful people who pay attention to mind-mapping and whole brain experiences.
“In business, whole brain thinking will greatly increase your entrepreneurial potential.” ~ Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler, How Successful People Think Smart
What do you think about this? Do you see yourself as primarily a right- or left-brain thinker? I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me here.