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Memory decoded part 1 : Why do we forget?

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Ever felt a little deceived by yourself when giving a test and having to forget a topic which you had studied thoroughly.One feels helpless especially during these times. Memory is also quite complex to fully understand and grasp. But, the upside is research has helped making it easier. This means we know that why learning, forgetting or memorizing happens.

Even speaking scientifically there are many grey areas which still require adequate clarity over the matter. Research in memory has led to evolving methods to study rather efficiently, help treat Amnesia, Alzheimer, Parkinson and Training. 

When we talk of memory we broadly concern ourselves with two factors,

  1. Memorizing

  2. Forgetting 

From academic point of view the former suggests ability (if one calls it ability) to recall or recognize information that is already processed. The latter seems to hinder our most important cognitive function of recognizing or recalling information as and when we please. 

 

Off course we would want to remember everything and not forget anything. This feat has been achieved by a few, to give an example, Kim Peek suits the description. A Savant who could read a book in just one hour. He remembered everything he read. But Kim was a genius with a split brain.

Since the article’s title is Why do we forget?, we shall stick to why or what factors can make us forget where others can limit forgetting. 

Believe it or not forgetting is an intrinsic part of learning or remembering. Brain meaningless information easily. To state it simply brain seems to forget information which is less useful and keeps which we use often.

From point of view of giving exam, memory has often disappointed us when sitting and recalling in examination hall. 

Memory for a simplistic understanding can be divided into 2 types, 

  1. Long term memory

  2. Short term memory

 

From exam and other relevant information long-term memory is the point of discussion. Generally accepted view is that information with respect to time fades as time passes by. However, this viewpoint is credited much with.

 

Forgetting happens, because :

 

  • Interference,

Psychologists say that people tend to forget when people information currently being learned interferes with information which is already there. For example, you already know how to drive a bike but now, for a long time are driving a car. Then you probably have forgotten how to drive a bike. It may be that you would now need a little brush up before driving a bike.

  • We consciously choose to remember things rest we forget,

Act of choosing has importance when it comes to memory. It helps the mind direct effort to certain more relevant or important details of the subject matter. Retrieval inhibition is a phenomena where you remember details of information that you consciously made an effort to remember but forget other related details. 

Example, from a list of 50 names of cities if you try to remember 30 rest 20 you will forget.

  • Memory distortion or biases,

It occurs as and when we are presented with facts or details which were not known to us. We are programmed to view the world through “lens” ,  everyone has a different lens. We have these lenses which are biases.These biases also protects our very own existence (personality, beliefs etc).

People under interrogation tend to produce more just opinion of themselves than they usually are or would have been.

  • What is hard to remember, we simply choose to forget it,

Memory is linked to emotions and mood. We tend to forget things which have caused us great pain and suffering. These are repressed memories.  Freud, had argued that repressed memories are pushed into unconscious mind where they persists causing psychological problems. 

  • Memory reconstruction or False memories, 

Sometimes the case is such that we create memories rather than having experienced it. This can certainly be the case when eyewitnesses are called to give their testimony pertaining a case. It has been found that many a times eyewitnesses themselves are not aware of false memory reconstruction happening. 

You may ask why? This happens because many a times people fail to identify origin of such memories. To state it simply, many a times eyewitness will fail to discern source or origin from where memory would be coming. 

  • Mood congruence effect,

This essentially mean even mood effects are memory. Mood serves as retrieval cue. We are more likely to remember things when we are in good mood. Also, we are likely to remember a positive information in good mood and similarly as negative information in bad mood. 

You can understand it as, if you had a bad day you are most likely to remember all the bad things that had happened to you. 

Memory is funny but it is very useful. Honing it, is a challenge. Practice and training can help improving memory to an extent. At best memory works as sequence or array of information not as isolated bits information. 

Read Also, Memory Hacks

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Good luck!!

 

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NeuroScience says you become mature at 25

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In many societies you become eligible to vote when you turn 18. This rests on sound logic that you are mature now to elect your representative. When is comes to drinking alcohol, WHO reports that in almost 65 percent of the countries drinking age is 18 and above. Some of the countries like Sri lanka, Pakistan and USA have 21 years and above as legal age to be consuming alcohol. Legal age for girls to get married is 18 years in India.

 

Why I am telling you all this, is because such distinctions are rested up on the fact that roughly 18 years is considered as the age when you get matured enough to vote, drink or marry.

 

So, 18 years seems fair, right?

 

Wrong! at least Neuroscientists don’t agree with it. According to Dr Sandra Aamadt, we are likely to get mature around 25 years of age. To put more clarity to it first let’s talk about maturity first.

 

What is maturity?

Maturity is the ability to make a good sound judgement and have average if not better decision making ability. To make it more simpler you know what you are doing? Why you are doing it?

 

Research By Dr Aamodt,

 

Brain scans shows that prefrontal cortex of the brain develops well beyond the age of 18. The prefrontal cortex of brain is responsible for decision making and judgement. The research also suggests that roughly around 25 years, one becomes mature enough to make sound decisions.

 

The prefrontal cortex regulates our emotions, social interactions, risk assessment and planning.

If the age maturity is 25 then it has some serious implications. Like for example Punishment award system to criminals, Age of marriage, Consent laws, Education etc.

 

The scholar suggests a flexible system which accounts for different age for different functions. There can be exceptions to this rule since there could be people who mature at 18-19 or may be 21 years of age.

 

However, the study points generally maturity strikes at 25 or may be little over that. Since your prefrontal cortex keeps developing beyond 18.

 

So, if you have done something you regret or may be feel guilt about before you turned 25. You could forgive yourself or ask for forgiveness knowing maybe you weren’t that  mature enough to take good decision.

 

Goodluck!!!

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Use Ebbinghaus forgetting curve to memorize better

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Believe it or not forgetting is natural part of learning anything.

 

Hermann Ebbinghaus, German Psychologist, is credited with research on forgetting when learning. Ebbinghaus had discovered that much of what we read/learn is forgotten during the first hour of learning itself.

 

Memory works in a way, that it remembers meaningful information more easily and it stays longer than meaningless information. Meaningless information is simply any information which is not in use for brain or has run out it utility. Example, it could be that information which you read for an exam and post examination have problem recalling it. Mind has an intriguing way or remembering and rejecting information. 

 

Ebbinghaus had conducted experiment for both meaningful and meaningless retention. However, Meaningless information is important for us to study because by knowing why we forget our course material we would be able to understand and find solutions for it.

 

Below is retention (y-axis) vs time lapsed (x-axis) graph

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In figure 1, Notice the retention drops substantially in the first hour itself. Much of what we learnt (around 80 percent) is forgotten after 2 days only. This is found to be natural and universal, meaning all exhibit this phenomenon with little variations.

However, Good news is that you can change it by disrupting the pattern exhibited in Curve.

 

READ also SQ3R method of studying

Key essence is to minimise forgetting is periodic revisions of course/lectures/study material

Figure 2 Image from www.salesactivator.com/resources/blog/impactful-curve-forgetting/

 

The point is to revise periodically whatever you have  studied or read. The periodic revisions will help you retain better with least amount of mental effort.

Best way to do it is

  1. Revise after learning it once, or after attending a lecture.
  2. Again, Revise a day after your have learnt it.
  3. Again, Revise a week later.
  4. And Again, Revise a 28 days/month after learning.

In figure 2, notice that at approximately 75 percent on the y-scale (retentivity) there is an acute fall in remembering/retention. So after every learning session you should revise/review the course/notes/study material.

 

Hermann Ebbinghaus, has provided a gainful insight on how are memory works and how forgetting happens. The stressing viewpoint here is that this forgetting can be subject to change and you can maximize your learning.

Goodluck!!!

 

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Tips and Tricks of Social Networking

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Do you feel you don’t have that many friends? Do you feel uncomfortable approaching people? Do you want to increase your friend circle but don’t know how? The answer to these questions is already with us. This article will talk about the tips and tricks of social networking. Read on to know more.

 

When we think of our circles of friends, we normally think of our close friends. Close friends being who we share most of our thoughts, troubles, and things with. They are the ones who we know we can trust with everything.

But the number of those close friends is usually low. And while the extroverts out there are great in networking skills. People who are introverts are less so skilled. In fact, they often get anxious about reaching out to people they barely know.

Do not worry as in this post we will talk about how to keep in touch and also maintain a layered level of friendships. In order to talk about different layers of friendship, we’ll use a reference from the chemistry of S-P-D-F orbitals.

 

S-P-D-F of Friendship

 

In chemistry, the S-P-D-F orbitals represent the behavior of atoms in their sub-shells. And each sub-shell, in a way represent the stability of an atom. Let me take the liberty of using ‘SPDF’, in the context of social networking here.

Let’s consider the S-P shell as representing your close-knit friends. Few people who are close to you. Now, these are the people who introverts don’t find any hesitation keeping in contact with. And this kind of social networking is also not taxing on the self.

 

Weak Connections

 

However, it’s the other two orbitals of friends or acquaintances that we need to think about. These are people you meet but don’t have a regular touch with. You may feel at a certain point that you don’t have connections at all.

But you’d be wrong in thinking that way as we always have these connections. These are connections you know people slightly or may have met in passing. They may feel to you people of not much import.

But that is not the case as experts say that these weak connections are more likely to have different social circles. It means that you are more likely to find new ideas and opportunities in these weak ties.

 

Keeping a ‘Loose’ Touch

 

But how to keep these weak connections intact? There is a way and it can be called keeping a ‘loose touch’. It implies that you drop a casual ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ to such weak connections once in a while.

The objective here is to keep in touch them and let them know that you do have in mind their lives. You may ask what good can come out of this?

There are several reasons for this, for one in case of any setback in life – career wise for example – we tend to just focus on our strong ties. But the best way is to go to our weak or dormant ties. The reason being you are sure of your strong ties and the opportunities or help that they can give, and may not necessarily help.

But the weak ties or connections may have better opportunities or may be in a better position to help. Also, a random re-connection with a weak tie also makes you feel good about yourself.

 

To Conclude

 

So, whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, you should go about reconnecting with those weak connections of yours. You never know, when you can need help from such ties. So, grab that phone and send a ‘hi’ to a person to whom you have not talked to in a while. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits

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How to stop procrastination and get things done

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Procrastination is a habit or tendency which delays or postpones the work that we have scheduled for ourselves. It is a tendency displayed by the person who delays a task indefinitely without any substantive reason.

 

Procrastination is common to everyone, this means that nearly everyone experiences it. Procrastination from Academics point of view has concerns regarding efficiency and productivity. Some intelligent and smart students suffer from procrastination which get reflected in their scores.

 

Your procrastination would look something like this if you plot it on graph:

 

As you can see that productivity is affected when you are starting a task or ending a task. There can be other variables but to simplify this, above two graph explains procrastination grossly.

 

There are primarily two areas where you seem to display dip in productivity. Starting or ending are points of concern over here. You can do the following to help yourself reduce or even eliminate procrastination.

 

Some strategies to cope up with procrastination,

 

 

  • Dive in head first if you see yourself procrastinating,

If you see or observe that you are procrastinating probably taking time to even start a task because of any reason than best would be to Just get started even if you are not mentally prepared. This will help you break the habit of delaying a task unintentionally.

 

 

 

 

  • Become Mindful,

You must be aware of yourself think about why you are doing what you are doing. Sometimes it could be lethargy, other times it could be uncertainty or sometimes you are affected by your mood. Once you get to know what is causing your procrastination it will easy to remedy it.

 

 

 

 

  • Follow a routine, Stick to it

Following a routine which will help you think less and do more. Routines are best way to eliminate procrastination. The habit itself will help you reduce procrastination.

 

 

  • Don’t do too much of planning,

Too much of planning is counter productive. Best would be to survey a task and break your tasks into micro tasks which will help you focus on constituent tasks. Too much of planning will eat away your time and you would be thinking more about how to do the task rather than doing the task.

 

 

  • Eliminating distractions,

Distractions are what drive your procrastination. Work or doing a task is universally boring unless you are one of those who love working. Best way is to know what are the distractions that fuel your Procrastination. Example, you often look at social media through your phone when doing a task, or watch videos on youtube when doing a task or in between a task.

 

 

  • Practice delayed gratification,

Delaying your gratification helps develop an habit to focus on tasks and not get distracted. As suggested delayed gratification can help you become an achiever. This can help you become more disciplined and habitual to perform the task. You can read more on stanford marshmallow experiment.

 

 

 

  • Don’t think too much about the outcome or result,

Often when we are starting a task we nervous or anxious about the outcome. This causes unnecessary delay in starting a task. Best is to be rational and avoid over thinking on outcomes or results. Outcome is not something in your control but effort is. If you believe in yourself, know yourself and your ability. Then by being rational and not thinking much about outcome you should get on with it.

 

 

 

  • Don’t be harsh on yourself, to increase productivity take short breaks.

Be kind to yourself, sticking for long hours reduces your productivity. You might have observed that after a prolonged hour of study session you find yourself watching a YouTube video or Facebook and you realize that much time is lost. Best is to take break when you feel a little exhausted doing a task. And don’t take a break there where you are doing a task but elsewhere so that you remind yourself to return to completing the task or study session.

 

 

We all have experienced it or experience it on frequent basis. The point is to make an effort to change is what will make the real difference.

 

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How Addiction affects you

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Addiction.

Ever had one? Addiction is a dreadful compulsion one faces where consequences seem to affect us less and our choice is motivated by getting maximum pleasure out of the experience.

 

This experience associated with taking psychotropic substances (popularly called drugs), Alcohol, Smoking, or even with some feelings especially those related to love. The high which you feel could be triggered by any one of the above mentioned.

 

Before we understand the impact of discrimination.

 

How Addiction Affects You?

Let’s first understand how pleasure and pain affect the brain,

Pleasure, the good feeling/sensation you get is the pleasure you’re experiencing. The chemical messengers trigger the release of dopamine which is released in the brain reward center. Dopamine is what guides our behavior to pursue pleasures in general. The 3 primary motivators are food, sex, and drugs.

To know about Dopamine

Likewise Pain, the chemical messengers send messages from spine via thalamus to cerebral cortex where it is deciphered as pain. The instant uneasy sensation produced making you say ‘ouch’ is called pain.

 

Addiction closely relates to pleasure more than it relates to pain. Merriam Webster defines Addiction as ‘ a strong and harmful need to regularly have something(such as drug) or do something.‘ Our behaviors are driven by need feel pleasure and in some cases urge to acquire more pleasure becomes the only rule that governs life.

 

Addiction is not necessarily that happens when one consumes drugs more often. It can be from alcohol, smoking, painkillers, phone, social media, intimacy, gaming etc. Regretfully, we can get addicted to many things in the current age.

 

How addiction works?

Your brain is wired to make you do stuff that promotes more dopamine production. More dopamine crudely translates into more pleasure. So, your behavior is motivated to chase dopamine.  Example, taking alcohol produces dopamine which translates into you feeling good.

How Addiction affects you

more alcohol = more dopamine = more happy feeling

Hence, you more likely to be drinking it or engage in binge drinking of alcohol, because drinking of more alcohol would lead to more feel good. Same can be said about drugs or social media depending upon varying levels of intensity. Drugs being more intense would produce more dopamine.

To know about hormones

Addiction as urge or habit, since your dopamine levels are set higher or you now require more dopamine than the usual level which you were adjusted to before you started drinking alcohol. You are likely to crave it more. The urge that you feel to drink more, governs your behavior.

 

Signs you are addicted,

 

  • It affects your daily functioning.

 

  • It is all that you look for, dominates your thoughts.

 

  • Affects your social life. Become less social.

 

  • Lack of control over oneself, you are almost like bee driven to it without much thought.

 

  • Feeling of strong urge repetitively frequently in a day.

 

  • During the day it’s all that you think about

 

 

  • Confusion and hallucination (extreme cases)

 

  • Uneasiness and Anxiousness.

 

Drug Addiction affects,

  • Decision making
  • Learning
  • Cognition
  • Judgment
  • Memory

 

In all, addiction can have an everlasting physiological and mental impact. It may take a long time to recover from it, generally more than 6 months. In cases of extreme drug abuse, it can cause permanent damage to the brain. United Nations report on drug abuse, estimated that drug kills about 200,000 people annually.

 

Addiction is a problem. One has to remain mindful to not become susceptible to the habit that expresses addiction. In time one should asses and take proper precaution to not fall prey to it. Know you know how addiction works you can better deal with it or eliminate it timely.

 

By the way, social media can be addictive!!

 

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9 Productive Ways to Start Your Day 

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Want to start your day the best way possible? Here are 9 productive ways to start your day! Read on.

Ever woken up feeling lethargic or with a bad feeling how the day will pan out? We all wake up sometimes on the wrong side of the bed and feel unproductive. And then our whole day ends up being feeling like a waste.

Here to help you with the morning blues, we are to give you 10 productive way to start your day. And in the process have a productive and fulfilling day. These tips are sure to get you started on the right foot.

 

Keeping Your Shades Open

 

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One thing that you should do before sleeping is keeping your window curtains open. This is because when morning comes you will get the bright positive rays of the sun. You will feel energized and start your day with a positive mood

 

Stretching

 

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The first thing you should do after you get up is stretch that lethargic body of yours. Stretching helps in getting your body ready for the wear and tear of the day ahead. It is essential to loosen up your muscles and tendons so that you can move effectively throughout the day.

 

Meditate

 

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Apart from stretching you can also meditate for a little as 10-15 minutes early in the morning. With meditation, your brain becomes focused and determined to face the challenges of the day. This helps your mind reboot after the previous day’s baggage.

 

Drink Lemon Water

 

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You should also before your breakfast has a glass of lemon water or lemonade. Lemons are full of nutrients like potassium, vitamin c, and antioxidants. Drinking lemonade spikes up your energy levels, both physically and mentally. Drink it on an empty stomach and before any kind of workout.

 

Journal Entry

 

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You should also maintain a journal every day and in the mornings update it with the goals of the day. By doing this you not only keep a check on the things to do during the day but also keep yourself updated. It also helps you in keeping yourself at check so not to digress from the day’s set goals.

 

Exercise

 

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Apart from all these things, if time permits, do take out some time to do some exercises. Maybe do a little jogging for 10-15 minutes. Even that goes a long way to get your body feeling fit and ready for the long day ahead.

 

Avoid Screens till Breakfast

It’s also advisable to avoid using mobile phones extremely early in the morning. So, set yourself a rule that no looking at the phone unless required to, till you have your breakfast. It is a much healthier way to start your day.

 

Have a Proper Breakfast

 

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As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is one of the most productive ways to start your day. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese as they have more stable blood sugar levels. A healthy breakfast gives you energy and improves your short-term memory as well

 

Listen to Music You Love

 

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Starting your day with the music you love is another positive way to start it. Listening to your favorite music brings you positivity. It is the perfect way to start your day and gets your pumped up to face the day ahead.

 

In Conclusion – Go to Work with a Positive Frame of Mind

 

With all these things did you sure are to go to your workplace with a positive frame of mind and have an extremely productive day. These are just some of the ways as you can personalize them to whatever suits you the best. So, hope these tips help you! Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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How to Boost your Emotional Intelligence

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Did you know that there’s another intelligence to us that we don’t explore much? That’s right, we are talking about Emotional intelligence and it is a very important component of our personality. In this post, we will discuss how to boost your emotional intelligence. Read on.

 

Emotional intelligence is an important component of our overall personality. It can be defined as the ability to understand and manage and express effectively one’s own feelings. EQ or EI also helps us navigate emotions in daily conversations and activities.

It is absolutely essential in the development, formation, and maintenance of relationships and interpersonal connections. And unlike IQ, which is believed to be static over the course of our lives, our EQ actually evolves and increases as our desire to learn to grow.

In this post, we will talk about certain ways to boost your emotional intelligence so that you can have meaningful conversations and make strong bonds in your daily lives.

 

Managing Negative Emotions

We all get sometimes negative emotions – depending on the circumstances that surround us. And sometimes these emotions can overwhelm us beyond despair. In order to navigate and manage these feelings, we need to change the way we think about them.

  1. Reducing Negative Personalisation – The first way you can do that is try avoiding jumping to negative conclusions. For instance, if someone is not replying or behaving in a weird way – do not think straight away it has something to do with you or something bad has happened. Instead, look at that situation from multiple points of views before reacting.
  2. Managing the Fear of Rejection – One of the difficult negative emotion that always engulfs it the fear of rejection or failure. Navigating this is often tricky and the fear itself – and not the actual rejection or failure – can bring you down.

 

The best way to navigate these feelings is to think and working towards strong alternatives and having multiple options. This helps because no matter what happens you will have options nonetheless. As they say, you should never put your eggs in one basket.

Managing Stressful Situations

Our daily lives have become hotbeds of stress and anxiety. It is important for us to know how to handle such situations. When under pressure or extreme stress, the most important thing you can do it keep calm and keep your cool.

If in case, the stress getting too overwhelming then you can do certain things to calm yourself down: 1. Put cold water on your face and get some fresh air; 2. Try avoiding caffeinated beverages; 3. You should also try doing aerobic exercises which will help you feel energetic.

 

Being Assertive and Expressive

There are times when we want to set boundaries or be outright about our emotions so that the other person does not take undue advantage. That is what being emotionally assertive means. This could mean by practicing our right to disagree or saying “NO” without feeling guilty about it.

It is all about setting the right priorities and able to express how we feel. This also means effective means of communication with the people around you. Better communication and effective expression of emotions often lead to a congenial environment.

 

Being Proactive and not Reactive

We all face sometimes unreasonable people in our lives. Be in the workplace or someone in your class and it can be challenging as that person can severely affect your mood.

If you are in such situations and feeling aggravated and feel that you may be about to burst open, you can do certain things remain calm. 1. Take a deep breath and try counting backward to ten. Usually, you will calm down and you will not react to the other person. 2. Another way is that you can try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. Even though that does not excuse unacceptable behavior, but still the idea is to remind yourself that people may be acting because of certain personal situations themselves.

 

Bouncing Back from Adversity

We all know that life often gets tough and we have to face tough situations, often setbacks. But it will depend on how we think and feel and act towards’ life’s constant challenges. The way we think and feel in such situations can be a difference between optimism and pessimism.

In order to escape unscathed from these challenges is to keep asking yourself questions – how to learn from this experience or what can be done now. The more insightful questions you can ask at these situations – the more you will optimistic about the future.

 

Practicing Empathy

Most of us, when we hear the sad news about someone else, feel pity or sympathetic towards them. However helpful, that is not what desired but being empathetic is the key towards building strong interpersonal relationships.

Practicing empathy means trying to feel what the other person is feeling and then helping them get through it. This not only helps in building a strong relationship but also strengthens your ability to understand people more effectively.

 

To Conclude

Emotional intelligence has the ability to evolve over time. It is up to you as you need to have the desire and will to keep improving. Improving EQ is very helpful and by these techniques, you can easily increase your EQ and be a stronger and better person.

So, what are you waiting for, start using these techniques and be a better version of yourself? Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

 

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How to Keep Yourself Motivated

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In today’s fast-paced world, it is very easy to get demotivated. Be it with your work, be it with normal daily activities as it can get soul-draining. In this post, we will talk about certain tricks to keep your motivation levels high. Read on.

 

There are times when all of us feel drained by the daily humdrum of our lives. We start to feel less motivated towards our day to day activities. How to retain your motivation levels? How to improve your motivation levels?

This post will talk about certain easy tips to help retain your motivation levels. It is necessary because, higher levels of motivation will make you feel good about yourself and whatever, work your doing.

How to Keep Yourself Motivated

 

 

Break Your Work into Smaller Pieces

 

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Making small goals of your whole work will surely help you to keep motivated for the bigger picture that you have in your mind. By making smaller goals and milestones and at the end of the day or week or month will surely be going to give you a sense of achievement and keep you motivated for the next small piece of your journey.

 

Keeping Track of Your Achievements

 

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Keeping track that what have you achieved till yet will surely keep you up to. By knowing that you can easily dodge the balls of underestimating and overestimating yourself. The dodging of these demons will provide you with real pictures of your capabilities and what you can achieve will surely give you an edge over your competitors.

The boosted confidence and self-esteem, in the end, keep you motivated and keep you in the game kicking and alive. They also keep you focused and make you feel good about yourself.

 

Meet Like-Minded People

 

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Hanging around with a peer group and community with the same perspectives will surely help you a lot. In psychology behavior, modeling plays a big role in human life, by this I mean, a technique which a person uses to learn behavior.

So, if you are around the like-minded peers and they also are interested in habits which are similar to you then it also helps your motivation levels.

 

Keep Hustling for Your Goals

 

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Hustle, hustle, hustle! The mere truth is no one can really replace your hard work and dedication. So, keep hustling for your dream is a non-replacement tool from your life. By this, you can stay motivated and achieve your goals without any interference of excuses.

Because excuses and laziness are two of the biggest walls in front of you and your goals. So only hustling will help you to eradicate it. Eradication of laziness and excuses will surely keep you motivated.

 

Staying Organised and Focused

 

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Having a good routine, maintaining it and sticking to it will help you to stay organized and focused. By doing this, you can throw away a lot of distractions. When you have easy access to distractions all around you then it becomes hard to focus.

And as soon you lose your focus, you will also lose your vision too. So, it is better to stick to a routine and keeping track of your progress.

 

Listening to Speeches and Stories

 

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You can find numerous stories, speeches, blogs etc on the internet which will certainly help you regain your motivation levels. Listen to Ted Talks, read biographies and watch documentaries of famous personalities and entrepreneurs as their stories are a great motivation to everyone.

The stories of their fight under pessimistic situations and how they stood up against all odds will surely motivate you and wake you up before the bell of alarm.

 

Move Your Body and Stay Fit

 

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A healthy mind stays in a healthy body. This is not just a saying but it is widely applicable, trust me. Getting sick or poor functioning of your body will surely take away your motivation.

So, to stay fit hit the gym, go on small walks, run at an easy pace or do other exercises. I find that just 20-30 minutes of lifting free weights releases inner tensions and stress and makes me feel more focused once again.

 

Time Management

 

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A unique time management technique is called the 4 quadrant technique. It will be used for managing your time. It will surely help you to manage your time and also work as a screening where you are losing your time.

In this technique, you have to make four quadrants and designate it into four categories

  • Most productive
  • Average
  • Least
  • Wasted time.

This screening of time will help you to reduce your time wastage a result of which you can fetch better results by Providing an ample amount of time to your project and achieve goals.

 

To Conclude

 

So, there you have it, some very easy to do tips to keep your motivation levels high. By following these tips, I’m sure you will find a change in your lifestyle and your motivation levels. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of An Interview

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Do you have a job interview coming up? Are you feeling anxious how to improve from last experience? Or do you just want to know the essential tips for an interview? Then this post will help you. Read on.

 

We all get anxious when it comes to facing an interview panel for a job or for a scholarship. But it is one of the most important hurdles that we all have to face to get that job or that scholarship.

In this post, we will talk about how to ace the personal interview. I am going to talk about certain key ‘do’s and don’ts of an interview. If you follow them then I am sure you will ace the next interview you have.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of An Interview

 

The Essential Do’s for an Interview

First, let’s talk about the essential things that you should do for the interview.

 

Projection of Confidence

The first and foremost is the projection of confidence through non-verbal measures. This means positive hand gestures while you speak, having a smile on your face as you face the interview panel and no fidgety movements of the feet or the hands.

The purpose of this that any fidgety movements are a sign of under-confidence and nervousness, which the interviewers will quickly pick up and can harm your chances.

 

A Proper Dress

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How to dress for the interview? These days many get confused on what dress to wear before the interview. Due to the rise of casual attire in the workplace, many feel comfortable coming in casuals to the interview.

But it is recommended that dress according to the job profile. If it is a high-ranking profile, then go for conservative, that is suit-up! As that would mean you’re serious for the job. If the interview is for a scholarship, then dress up formally.

If in certain circumstances, the workplace is known for liberal culture, then you can think of wearing something casual but not too casual. Remember, a good first impression can go a long way in an interview.

 

Use Appropriate Language

Whenever you are asked a question in the interview, do not use negative or inappropriate language. Rather focus on the right way to answer the questions. For example, if you don’t know how to answer a particular question then say I will look at that particular issue and get back to you. That will show your interest in an issue that you didn’t know about.

Apart from that, be respectful and cordial during your answers. Even if things may be getting a bit hostile in there keep your calm and answers in a calm manner.

 

Answering Questions Carefully

While answering questions, take your time. When you hear a question take a few seconds to process what exactly has been asked and then respond carefully. As each word matters in an interview.

Don’t jump to answering questions as that is a sign of impatience. So, just stay calm, listen to a question carefully and then answer carefully.

 

Practicing Expected Questions

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While you may not know what are the exact questions will come in the whole interview. But there are some questions that are asked in almost all interviews. For example, ‘Tell us about yourself’, or ‘Why this company?’ or ‘why should we choose you?’.

These are some of the examples of expected questions that come in interviews. You must prepare them beforehand. By preparing I mean make bullet points and rehearse in front of your friends in order to get feedback.

 

Be Flexible

Suppose if you are asked about a sensitive question asking about your interview on it. Now, this is a tricky situation to be in and its intentionally used by the interviewee to test you. The best way is to give a flexible answer by giving both sides of the issue.

For example, if you were asked about your opinion on the issue say me too movement, you should try to give arguments for and against. This would show that you are aware of both sides of the issue.

 

The Essential DON’TS of an Interview

Now, that we have learned about some essential do’s, lets’ focus on things you should not do in an interview.

 

Don’t Talk Too Much or Try to Dominate

Earlier, we mentioned to talk carefully and use appropriate language. Now, you don’t want to overdo it as well. Do not talk too much and give long answers where the panel may get bored or lose interest.

The idea is to balance the answers and speak for the right amount of time. Ideally, you should not stretch beyond a minute while giving answers as you don’t want to turn it into a monologue.

 

Don’t be Too Familiar

Another thing you should avoid is to try to behave too friendly. Don’t go in shaking hands with the panel and being all chummy. Remember, this is a professional interview and your future or your scholarship depends on it, so keep it casual.

 

Don’t be Overconfident

Its good to be confident but you shouldn’t be overconfident. As that would give the impression that you are taking the interview way too lax and feel that you are already qualified. So be confident but not too confident.

 

Don’t Freeze Up

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Also, don’t get too nervous and freeze up and become a zombie in front of the panel. It can happen, I know it from personal experience. So, if you feel that you are about to get a freeze attack then take a deep breath and relax and take a sip of water and begin again.

 

Don’t Bad Mouth Ex-Employers

In case if your shifting from one firm to another, then do not at all cost bad mouth your previous firm or your ex-employer. It comes as very negative and rude and can harm your prospects in the interview.

If it is asked that what happened in the previous workplace, give a simple and diplomatic answer. For example, just say ‘the company’s vision didn’t’ match yours’ or something on those lines.

 

To Conclude

Well, the next time you go for an interview, be sure to keep these essential tips in mind and try to do your best! Till then, cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!