Life is noisy, but your brain doesn't have to be. This quick weekly conversation offers smart, simple ways to retrain your brain to hack your productivity and communicate better. Brain-science-meets-word-nerd host Kristin Graham offers shortcuts on how to navigate our cluttered digital world so you can spend more time enjoying life offline. She's done the research and tried-the-things, so you get the headlines and hacks without all the homework.
Ep. 25 – Complexity v. Simplicity: Choose Your Own Adventure
Chinese philosopher Confucius one said: Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. That shows up in science and in habits as we tend to trust something that appears more complex than a simple solution. As we write our own adventure story, we can make it as complex or as simple as we want. We may not be in control of every event, but we can choose many of the steps forward. So in the quest to do fewer things better, look for the opportunities to do the simpler things occasionally.
Ep. 24 - Indecision Is a Decision
The brain, just like the day, is full of activity. Some research has indicated that the average person makes more than 35,000 decisions a day. This episode focuses on the decisions you are not making, and how that can be a signal of what you are avoiding.
Ep. 23 - Productivity: The 7 Day Sprint
Odds are you’re more likely to keep promises to others before you keep one to yourself. And that’s from research, not just popular psychology. There is a neural component to promise keeping and promise breaking. When looking at promises related to productivity principles, there is both art and actual science behind what motivates some actions over others. Consistency is a promise you keep to yourself. The repetition of self-respect drives real results.
Ep. 22 - Brain + Action: The Power of Permission
Giving yourself permission to explore new & big ideas is an important brain exercise. Flexing this mental muscle tips the brain into actively looking for ways to turn dreams into potential possibilities. This episode highlights three simple steps to try when you give your mind permission to play.
Ep. 21 - Your Brain Offline: Testing a Tech Sabbatical
In this noisy world, technology seems to be knocking on our brain at all hours of the day. This episode explores the idea of a tech sabbath - a set period of time for a digital detox. There are tangible benefits to your brain and body even after a matter of minutes. Learn a few ways where you can be a little less connected for a little while. Your brain will thank you for it.
Ep. 20 - How We Power Progress: Friction vs. Fuel
Progress, and productivity, require energy - and that energy has a cognitive and physiological cost. Our brain is one of the hungriest parts of your body. It consumes approximately 20% of all of the energy each day. All of our thinking and doing draws down on the cognitive and physical reserves. But energy can be counterbalanced by exploring where you are using your fuel and where you are encountering friction. This episode explores ways to adjust the control panel of how, when, and how much of our ourselves we are giving in order to get.
Just what my day (and brain) needed!
Kristin offers quick, practical tips to get back to ourselves and keep from overwhelm in this wild world we live in. Highly recommend!!
Kristin offers actionable tips and tricks to help us get out of our own way and be more productive. Love the “snackable” content format. Each podcast has a couple ideas to try - all grounded in brain science - to make small, meaningful steps in the productivity journey.
Big Fan of the Bite Size Knowledge Nuggets
I’ve been loving this podcast! Each episode is the perfect combo of easily digestible yet packed with dense information. It’s a great balance. I really enjoy the BLOT (bottom line on top) format to prep your ears for what you’re about to hear. And I really enjoyed the science around how much of our brain is made of water and how crucial it it to hydrate that thing!