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Make the most of your mind

#055 | August 13th, 2020
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Current mood: enjoying the freedom of creative constraints. Artist: David Arioch.

Thinking inside the box.


Hi friends!

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Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

So... I have a pet peeve. "Think outside the box" is one of the vaguest, most useless piece of advice you can give to someone trying to come up with a new idea or a solution to a problem.

In this edition, I want to discuss how we can turn this cliché on its head, and think inside the box instead. How can we make the most of creative constraints?

I also share some tips to give and receive constructive criticism, as well as my approach to intermittent fasting.

Enjoy the read, and hit reply if you have any questions, feedback, or want to say hello!

p.s. I love this photo of our "Future of Text" meetup where everyone is looking super serious 🤔

Mental models. Are they helpful or dangerous? How do you identify and use them to your advantage? Join the virtual meetup and share your thoughts. Register »

Brain food

Systematic inventive thinking: the power of thinking inside the box (5 min)
Thinking inside the box requires a shift in mindset: one where all the building blocks for innovation are right there in front of you, and the solution only requires the reorganisation of existing elements.

Constructive criticism: how to give and receive feedback (5 min)
Research suggests that meaningful feedback is crucial to improve our performance. It can guide us, motivate us, reinforce effective behaviours, and reduce ineffective behaviours. So how can we make the most of it?

The mindful productivity guide to intermittent fasting (7 min)
You may be wondering if intermittent fasting is compatible with a busy work life. The good news is: yes, it is. In fact, it may even help you be more productive.

Mental gym jam sessions. What if we treated mental health as we treat physical health? What if we improved our mental abilities based on lessons learned from physical exercise? Join »

Brain candy

Ode to a flower (Richard Feynman)
“Science knowledge only adds to the beauty and mystery of a flower.”

Neuralink may soon allow users to control moods and emotions (Tech Times)
“A new feature on their brain chip will enable humans to go forth and choose the mood by balancing off a person's hormone levels.”

Wall of ideas (Mental Codex)
“I publish short definitions, and what I find essentials in concepts hidden behind complex words.”


Brain trust

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Until next week, take care!
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