Feeling overwhelmed with work and life demands? Rushing, multitasking, or relying on fancy devices and apps won't help. The answer is to create the conditions for two awesome hours of peak productivity per day.
Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience, Josh Davis, director of research at the NeuroLeadership Institute explains clearly that our brains and bodies operate according to complex biological needs that, when leveraged intelligently, can make us incredibly effective. From what and when we eat, to when we tackle tasks or disengage—how we plan our activities has a huge impact on performance. Davis shows us how we can create the conditions for two awesome hours of effective mental performance by:
- Recognizing when to effective flip the switch on our automatic thinking;
- Scheduling tasks based on their “processing demand” and recovery time;
- Learning how to direct attention, rather than avoid distractions;
- Feeding and moving our bodies in ways that prep us for success;
- Identifying what matters in our environment to be at the top of our mental game.
We are capable of impressive feats of comprehension, motivation, thinking, and performance when our brain and biological systems are functioning optimally. Two Awesome Hours will show you how to be your most productive every day.
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About the Author
Josh Davis, Ph.D., is the director of research and lead professor at the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global institute dedicated to synthesizing scientific research and guiding its use in the business and leadership domains. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Barnard College of Columbia University. He has written for HBR.org, strategy + business, Psychology Today, and People & Strategy. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Be Awesomely Effective 1
Strategy 1 Recognize Your Decision Points 17
Strategy 2 Manage Your Mental Energy 41
Strategy 3 Stop Fighting Distractions 71
Strategy 4 Leverage Your Mind-Body Connection 95
Strategy 5 Make Your Workspace Work for You 123
About the Author 181