Sunday, December 14, 2014

How Can You Make A More Effective Use Of The World’s Fastest Processor?

The World's Fastest Processor.
One of the biggest challenges we all face in nowadays’ digital environment is the infinite amount of information that can be accessed through multiple and varied platforms.

Just so you have quite a basic, very simplistic idea, I’d like to share with you some of the facts that happen on the Internet every 60 seconds, that is, every single minute:

  • 88,000 Skype calls are made. 
  • 2.66 million Google searches are performed. 
  • Almost 139 million emails are sent. 
  • People watch around 5 million videos on YouTube.
  • 571 Web pages are created. 
  • 433,000 tweets are sent, and ... 
  • 293,000 status updates are posted in Facebook. 
And keep this in mind: All this happens second after second, day after day... or, as people like to refer to it 24x7x365.

If we were to measure it in Gigas, we would be totally overwhelmed by the number that comes out. Truly shocked!

Can you imagine what would happen if you were to consume all this information, or just a tiny part of it? Your indigestion would be phenomenal and surely would send you straight to the hospital.

Let's start by the beginning: Healthy mind, healthy body. 

I’m quite sure that since you were just a little kid your parents probably repeated this phrase to you too more than once: "Healthy mind, healthy body". Not everything in life is about studying hard but also doing some sports. And it also works the other way around: Not everything in life is getting plenty of exercise, but also nourishing our knowledge"

And most of us have grown with this phrase deep in our minds: "Healthy mind, healthy body". The healthy body side of it, you understand quite easy: Not overdoing it with the food, always trying to maintain a healthy diet, doing some exercising regularly and avoiding bad habits. That’s an easy one. 

But... how do you maintain a "healthy mind"? Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind has to do with the information you consume, what goes in: You have to make sure you only “eat” high quality, healthy information and, of course, don’t overdo it with the amount you consume.

Faced with such an overwhelming flood of information, the most important thing is to choose only the one which is really valuable. 

And that's what I did over the last two weeks: Check thoroughly the sources of information from which I regularly feed myself to only keep those that add value to my life and discard those that do not.

It is an exercise I recommend you to perform as well: Spend a few hours, a few days or a few weeks, to make a thorough review of all sources you have as a reference, the blogs you regularly read, pages you visit, the emails that you receive, and keep only those which encourages, nourishes and enriches you.

Just as your body needs exercising, your brain needs it too. 

Having already checked the quality of the information you consume, then we come to a point perhaps you've never paid attention to, just as it has happened to me: exercising your brain.

If you are an average human being, like most of us, probably you use 99.99% of your brain to processing information: taking training courses, reading books, writing, listening to podcasts, watching tutorials, speaking, listening ... therefore information coming in and going out.

Paying attention, solving problems and building memories are the fundamental operations your brain performs. 

And all this information is being processed by your brain by performing three fundamental tasks: paying attention, problem solving and keeping memories of all information processed, and all this can be done in a flexible way and at such a lighting fast rate that I can not even name it because it’s amazingly fast.

There are plenty of applications that can help you train your brain in these three basic tasks. Some are paid, some others free; some nicer than others. Finally, there is one for everybody.

I chose one called Lumosity (you’ll find the link below) which I feel great with and highly recommend it. It comes with super simple exercises that increase their difficulty level as you go along and develop your own abilities, and so the game can become highly addictive.

But at this point, I invite you to make your own choice. The important thing to keep in mind is that your brain, like the rest of your body, can also be trained on its most elemental tasks and the most impressive thing is that, as you push yourself more, your brain increases its performance. Really an spectacular thing!

And finally: What can we do to take advantage of all that valuable information we would like to read and review, but do not have enough time for it?

Taking your reading speed a little further. 

In my case, there are multiple blogs I read every day, both for my professional and personal lives. Therefore I largely depend on the speed with which I can read all the content available for me everyday.

After carefully checking the quality of all the sources I feed myself from, as I mentioned above, I still have a large list of sites and blogs I’d like to keep visiting regularly. And my concern was: What can I do to process all this information more efficiently and quickly? That's when I stumbled upon the term "Speed Reading".

Since I was a kid, I’ve always liked to read. As an student and a professional, I find reading not only to be an opportunity for continuous learning but also a great way to relax and focus my mind on other things. And surely like you, I thought I was reading at an interesting speed, until I learned I could go a bit further.

Being able to read and process the information we receive faster and more efficiently, is a very valuable skill. 

Similarly, there are multiple platforms and programs that might help you with increasing your reading speed. As always, there are some better than others, and for tastes, colors. I came across one training course named "Super Reading", a very interesting program, with a very simple structure and requires only 7, 30 minute sessions in 7 consecutive days.

In any case, as I indicated to you with training programs for your brain, you can choose the one that better suits you.

I just wanted to share with you today all this information which has been an spectacular discovery for me: how you can make a more effective use of your brain, and faster process all information available in the web, and continue to feed yourself from the vast amount of information which is available through many different venues nowadays.

Below you’ll find the corresponding links to everything I've mentioned above.

What happens on the Internet every 60 seconds? Infographic updated.
Lumosity: Your brain training program. 
Super Reading: Speed reading and fast learning course.

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