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Your Brain at Work by Mind Map: Your Brain at Work
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Your Brain at Work

Time Management Advice

Prioritize Prioritizing - early in the day when attention is at its peak

Use the brain to interact, not to store - use visual aids, colors, lists to store

Do NOT Multi-task

Don't start working on an item if all resources not available to avoid "queue"

Separate Blocks of Time for variation


"Director" overseeing workings of the brain

Default Network = Narrative experience i.e. self-aware and interpretation e.g. breeze=no jacket hence will catch cold

Direct experience = sensory i.e. not self-aware and non-interpretation e.g. breeze=cool air

Mindfulness = practice of switching experiences

Working Memory

Pre-Frontal Cortex (PFC)

Power hungry, needs glucose, precious resource

Only 4-5% of brain volume - stage vs audience

Low processing power - coins vs US economy


Understanding - relate to memory

Deciding - between memory items

Recalling - from memory

Memorizing - to memory

Inhibiting - restrict from memory

Routine Activities

Basal Ganglia

Sub-concious, low power e.g. Driving, Typing

Distractions / Inhibiting

VLPFC, part of PFC

Braking system, power hungry - effectiveness reduces with use

0.2 seconds VETO time i.e. Point of no Return

Interest / Alertness

Norepinephrine = Alertness (raised by fear)

Dopamine = Interest (raised by novelty and rewards)

Optimal values creates positive spiral = Peak Performance!

Too Much = sensory overload and unable to think

Control/Deactivate using other cortexes, Motor cortex e.g. "Take a walk", Practice mindfulness to activate other senses

Insights / Intuition

Inhibit PFC to activate other parts of brain - focus on patterns using high level items only


Reflection of own mind working (Director/Mindfulness)

Insight - the "a-ha" moment

Action - since the "a-ha" only lasts for short time


Limbic System

Decides between Reward and Threat response which are stored in Hippocampus (long term memory)

Toward response for Rewards e.g. happy, curious

Away response for Threats e.g. sad, anxious

Power hungry when over aroused leading to connection errors i.e. bad judgement

Suppressing does not work - makes others uncomfortable since they mirror emotions

Planning Advice

Simplify e.g soundbites --> executive skill

Chunk work

Only hold 2 items to compare, max 3-4 no more

Inhibit distractions - turn off everything, clear mind, clear workspace

Collaboration Advice


Status - make others feel important

Certainty - remove ambiguity and fear

Autonomy - give them choice

Relatedness - connect at human level asap

Fairness - sense of justice


Feedback is negative spiral i.e. suggestions reduces SCARF autonomy, raises threat

Facilitate positive change i.e. help others activate their Director and own insights

Reward if they find answers for positive spiral

Teams (home or work)

Requires Culture Change which needs focused attention on new items for long enough time

Create Safe Environment using SCARF

Facilitate new connections in team members, Story telling (may work for some), Ask solution focused questions, Set goals / gamify

Keep connections fresh by talking about it regularly, Regular meetings, Posters / wallpapers

Handle Emotions Advice

Refocus quickly in VETO state

Label/Name your state to inhibit limbic system


Re-interpret - make current problem seem less

Normalize - "this is normal"

Reorder - see higher priorities e.g. family

Reposition i.e. empathize other person view

Expect good things to increase dopamine levels

Set low expectations to exceed them and create positive spiral

Mindmap by Rajesh Raheja