Focus At Will
Focus At Will is an app that has worked wonders for people all around the globe. This app takes classical music and sets it to a block of time in which the user can focus on the tasks vital to their progress. The scientific community has come to the agreement that classical music induces higher mental functionality in the person(s) who happens to listen in. Science Daily released an article that broke down the scientific link between brain activity and beautiful classical music being played.
A study was performed by a Finnish team where test subjects were given classical music to listen to in 20 minute blocks of time. After the blocks were over, the team analyzed the gene expression in those that were listening to the W.A. Mozart Violin concert.
The results concluded that the music did increase the activity within the genes responsible for Dopamine production, synapse response, learning ability and even memory.
If you suffer from disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder, this may be the smoking gun in terms of changing your life. Try this tool out for a free 30 day trial and see how it impacts your life.
RescueTime is a productivity tool that will break down and give you a detailed description of where your time is being spent while on your computer. This tool will track common habits such as websites visited, frequency, the time you spend on these sites, and much more.
However, this program also tracks and monitors the programs you run on your computer and analyzes how much of your time is being diverted from your main task onto these pleasures. RescueTime gives you the ability to change your priorities and dictate which websites are productive, which are neutral, and the ones that are wasting your time.
This is a scary app to say the least. Scary in the sense that you finally have an accurate gauge of how much of your time is wasted each and every day on mindless websites and programs that do not serve you. RescueTime is like the big brother watching over your shoulder with a pen and clip board monitoring your every move.
At the end of each week RescueTime sends you a report of how you used your time over the 7 day period. This is a stark reminder that you need to be more productive in your daily activities and goals. If you are a brave soul who wishes to see the negative impact of your procrastination, RescueTime will provide a detailed chart of how you can change your daily actions to promote more success in your life.
Sleep is by far our most valuable tool in becoming successful and putting in a solid days work. Rapid eye movement sleep, also referred to as ‘REM’ sleep, is our body’s way of repairing the damage that we have accumulated throughout the day. When you are in the gym, lifting heavy weights and performing strenuous cardio, you are tearing down the muscles at a cellular level. REM sleep is a vital mechanism to help build those muscles back up and repair the tissue that was damaged during our workouts. Similarly, this is when the body grows stronger, faster, quicker and more adaptive.
Our brain also benefits from quality sleep and operates at a higher capacity when we’ve had optimum amounts of rest. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the body needs upwards of 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night in order to operate efficiently. This amount of sleep will fully repair our body and help our brain work in unison with our wishes instead of against them.
Many business leaders proclaim their hatred for sleep and even brag about sleeping a few hours per night. In some cases this may be true – a rare breed of people can simply get by on 3 or 4 hours of sleep with no adverse medical problems. However, for the rest of us – sleep is absolutely vital. Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, is notorious for getting as much sleep as she can every single night. In an interview with James Altucher, she linked quality sleep directly to her success of selling The Huffington Post to AOL for 315 million dollars.
If you are an individual that wishes to track the quality of your sleep, Sleep Time from Azumio is the app that will help you. This app tracks REM percentages, how long it took you to fall asleep, the amount of light sleep you had, the deep sleep you acquired throughout the night and much more. This app will also calculate the best time to wake you up from your slumber in order to leave you feeling less groggy in the morning.
A Word Processor
Last but certainly not least is the word processor. The word processor is one of those tools that is highly responsible for productivity, but people dismiss it on account of it’s simplicity. The word processor that comes equipped on your phone and your computer can be a complete life saver in your day-to-day activities. Have an idea? Throw it into the word processor and save it! The brain is brilliant at coming up with ideas, thoughts and solutions but extremely fickle in terms of remembering them at a later time.
Throwing your random thoughts into the processor and saving them locks them away in a vault for later usage and examination. This is a perfect way to develop ideas on a regular basis and boost creativity, which we’ve covered in previous articles. A word processor can also act as a check list, a to-do list, a reminder, a phone book, and so much more. There are endless usages that a word processor can provide and it acts almost as a personal assistant to your every need. Do not look over the simplicity of a word processor and dismiss it from your toolkit towards success. Word processors have created and helped multiple CEO’s, millionaires, billionaires and leaders of industry attain their goals.
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