For all the great things that the information age has brought us – minute-by-minute news, a thousands of digital friends, the ease of e-commerce – it’s also wreaked havoc upon our ability to concentrate and expediently achieve our day-to-day goals. Yes, we all seem to be working harder, for longer, but, let’s be honest, are we really getting more done? How many times a day do you idly scroll through Instagram, or, for that matter MR PORTER? (We obviously consider this an excellent use of time, but we’re biased.) What we’re missing, essentially, is focus. And Mr Mark Waldman and Dr Chris Manning, authors of the new book NeuroWisdom: The New Brain Science Of Money, Happiness And Success, are on a mission to help us find it.
Combining familiar mindfulness exercises with a wealth of research on how the brain responds to different physical stimuli, the book advocates a strategy the authors call “Brain-based experiential learning and living” (or “Bell” for short), to maximise motivation, decision-making, creativity and awareness. As Mr Waldman’s day job is coaching Executive MBA students at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, much of his advice is tailored to the busy lifestyle of a business environment, which means the focus is on exercises that achieve the maximum results in the minimum time. A case in point is the authors’ advice on starting the day right, involving three simple things you can do to set your brain in the correct mode in under a minute. Scroll down for his top tips for a groggy Monday morning.