mind hacks

Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills With These Socratic Questions

Critical thinking is crucial for making better decisions and effective communication. You can consistently think more critically about a topic or opinion, and explore new perspectives, by using Socratic questions.


Help Yourself Remember Someone's Name By Introducing Them To Others

Remembering people’s names when you’ve just met them is tough, but it’s one of the most important parts of networking. If you’re in an environment where you know others, introducing the person you just met can help you solidify their name.


Solve Tough Problems By Inverting Them

Often, we have so many options that it’s tough to choose among them (this is also known as the paradox of choice). If you’re at a crossroads and need to make a tough decision, it can help to understand what you want by examining what you don’t want first.


Conquer An Unfinished Task By Dedicating Only Two Minutes To It

We all have those tasks we haven’t completed that seem to nag at us every day. It may seem like it will never get done, but you might just end up finding the rest of the time to complete it if you dedicate just a couple of minutes to it.


Get Better At Getting Better: The Kaizen Productivity Philosophy

Most productivity methods give you tools to tackle specific projects or to-dos in an organised way. Kaizen, which translates roughly to “good change”, is a Japanese productivity philosophy that helps you organise everything you do. In short, it means “constant, continuous improvement”, and it’s a mindset you can apply anywhere, at any job.


'It's Good To Be Uncomfortable'

Nobody really likes to be uncomfortable, but it’s a necessity for creative living. As animator Mark Phillips reminds us, when you get comfortable, you stop creating new things.


Develop Stronger Accountability By Refusing To Use 'Viable Excuses'

Using too many excuses can eventually catch up with you in a bad way. Even using legitimate excuses too often can create a habit of always finding something to fall back on. By stopping the use of excuses, you can become more responsible and accountable.


Ask Two Irrational Questions To Persuade People To Do What You Want

Persuading someone to do what you want isn’t easy. Writer Daniel Pink points out that the real trick is to get someone to articulate their own reasons for doing something. One way to do that is to ask a couple of irrational questions.


Think About Your Major Impulses, And Avoid Them To Save Money

Impulse purchases add up fast and prevent you from saving money. Take note of what you buy impulsively, whether it’s clothing or home decor, so you can start adjusting, budgeting or removing yourself from tempting situations.


Use 'If, Then' Statements To Beat Back Distractions

You finally get started on a project and you’re in the zone, but then the phone rings, or the laundry finishes, or a new email lands in your inbox. They’re all distractions, and jumping to them can rob you of your progress. Set up a few “if, then” definitions for how you’ll handle distractions so you can stay on task.