How can I think more consciously

Think faster: 10 tips for quick thinkers

Are you still brooding? Error! This day-to-day brooding can be just as stressful as the situation itself. And a Lightning markers and Quick thinker you never become like that at all. Then more of a bad mood. For real! As noted by the University of New South Wales' Australian psychologist Joe Forgas, Grumpy see clearly faster. But there are - admittedly - more sympathetic ways of thinking faster ...

10 tips for future quick thinkers

Depending on what you are looking for Thinker type are: There are actually a few tips and tricks on how to get your own Accelerate thinking skills and decisions, yes, it can even improve it.

So, in case you have a few more problems to solve today, here are ours 10 tips on how to think faster ...

  1. Listen to your gut.

    Several studies have shown that if you are familiar with one area, you should trust your stomach more than your head. And the more complex the problem, the clearer the subconscious sees, while the mind is clouded by too much knowledge.

  2. Seek advice from others.

    Because we are a) not very good at judging what we really like. But b) other people, strangers, are all the better at it - even if they only look at our face. And c) these recommendations from third parties are often better than expected.

  3. Wiggle your toes.

    That sounds bizarre, but it builds stress and can even help overcome a blackout. In order to be able to move the toes consciously and actively, the brain has to divert some of its energy that is blocked during stress ... You will then think more freely and faster.

  4. Chew gum.

    No joke: chewing gum makes you smart. Researchers from the University of Northumbria in the UK came to the conclusion. Reason: Chewing gum also relieves stress. The muscles of the jaw, face and neck tense up quickly under psychological pressure - the result: difficulty concentrating and headaches. Chewing gum, on the other hand, can loosen up such tension and convert stress into physical activity.

  5. Put yourself in someone else's shoes.

    Behind this is the so-called Raikov method (but similar is also the Disney method) of the borrowed genius: To do this, he put his clients into deep hypnosis and suggested to them that they were an outstanding head of history. And indeed: in this state, his patients developed approximately ingenious skills. So ask yourself something like: What would MacGyver have done in my place?

  6. Think cross-country.

    The so-called Lateral thinking, i.e. conscious lateral thinking, helps to release mental blockages. The tools for this: provocation of contradictions, exaggeration, exactly opposite assumptions and unusual associations.

  7. Think in a different language.

    Those who think through and solve problems in a foreign language are less prone to perceptual errors, according to scientists working with Boaz Keysar from the University of Chicago. In our mother tongue we sometimes look through a haze of fog, in the foreign language we see clearly. This can even reduce a certain risk aversion.

  8. Set time limits.

    Nothing makes people more creative than the last minute. You may be familiar with Parkinson's Law: According to this, work expands to the extent that there is time available to do it. Think about meetings: the topics are discussed for hours, everyone can have a say, even if not everyone knows about it. But the decisive decisions are still made five minutes before the end. Why not like that right away? Very simple: set limits!

  9. Think big.

    Creativity needs space. US scientists such as Joan Meyers-Levy and Juliet Zhu were able to show that even a high ceiling in the office promotes better ideas: the higher the room, the freer and more bubbly the thoughts of their test subjects.

  10. Go for a walk.

    As an alternative to large rooms (and if the ceiling is already falling on your head): Go outside and take a walk. Those who move outside not only learn better. The mind also goes on a journey and finds faster and better solutions. Great thinkers and philosophers have always sought the vastness of nature to first ventilate their minds, then inspire them ...

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November 9, 2020Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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