Supplements to help with learning

Memory supplements

 

There are hundreds of supplements on the market today which claim to improve your cognitive function.

These supplements range from single ingredient herbal extracts sold in health food stores to premium, professional-quality nootropic stacks composed of powerful concentrates, amino acids and phospholipids.

As more and more people start spending money on enhancing their mental performance, the PR machine is starting to churn out an ever-growing body of content on nootropics. That’s why you will find hundreds of blogs all writing about how their favorite blend of herbs is what really boosts memory function.

Of course, the vast majority of this information is hyperbole. In other words, bloggers will hype up certain herbs and combinations of amino acids to help drive sales.

But it isn’t all just a sales-pitch.

Some nootropics have been clinically proven to enhance learning capacity in humans.

Let’s look at some of my favorites!

Bacopa monnieri for learning

Bacopa monnieri has been proven to dramatically improve memory function.

The effects seem to be greatest in older people, and people struggling with mild cognitive impairment.

In this placebo-controlled trial for example, researchers found that supplementation of 300mg of Bacopa monnieri extract each day for 12 weeks resulted in a signficiant improvement in memory-based tests.

Other studies have shown the same thing – in just 6-12 weeks, Bacopa monnieri can dramatically improve recall, retention, and memory accuracy. Many of the best nootropics use Bacopa monnieri extract, with the top-tier supplements investing in pure, concentrated Bacopa rather than whole leaf powder.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane Mushroom is one of the best supplements for optimizing long-term learning and memory function.

In simple terms, Lion’s Mane Mushroom promotes the release of a neurotrophic factor called Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). This stimulates the proliferations and growth of new neurons, synapses, and dendrites. This has profound, long-term effects on cognitive function.

Supplementing with Lion’s Mane Mushroom has been proven in numerous clinical trials to improve different aspects of memory function, as well as preventing the worst symptoms of cognitive decline.

Using the “Pomodoro Technique” for productivity gains

Pomodoro productivity hack

 

Today’s world is a busy world. Almost everybody seems to be constantly rushing around at 100 miles per hour.

Whether we’re juggling 3 kids with a full-time job, struggling to get a good night’s sleep while being shackled to our phones, or we’re desperately trying to keep fit despite being constantly on the move, all of us seem to be gasping for breathing space.

In such a world, productivity is pure gold. Anything that can save us an hour in the morning, any way we can do two jobs at the same time, can dramatically improve our lives and give us the breathing room we so desperately need.

Over the years I’ve discovered some really simple ways of ramping up your productivity. Of those, perhaps the most effective, easiest to implement and most immediately beneficial is the Pomodoro Technique.

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique takes its name from the little tomato timers you might have seen in some peoples’ kitchens.

The technique itself is very simple to execute. It is based on the very simple concept of breaking up your time into small, discrete chunks and then working intensely until that chunk of time is over.

 

Pomodoro productivity

 

The usual set up of the Pomodoro Technique goes like this:

– Set up a timer for 25 minutes
– Work intensely until those 25 minutes are up
– Take a short break of 3-5 minutes
– Repeat the cycle for another 2-3 chunks
– Take a longer break of 30-90 minutes (depending on your work)

So the Pomodoro Technique is not unlike interval training. You do an intense burst of activity for a set amount of time, then take a short break, and then repeat it for a number of cycles.

But to some of you, this might not sound like much of a productivity hack. If that’s the case, you clearly haven’t tried it!

Why is the Pomodoro Tehcnique so effective?

Why does it improve productivity?

The Pomodoro Technique is insanely effective for boosting productivity.

It doesn’t matter if you’re studying for a test, trying to learn some new vocab, or if you’re rushing to get an assignment done before the deadline passes – the Pomodoro Technique will help.

Most poeple who use the Pomodoro Technique can’t believe how impactful it is in real life. I have personally found that I can get an entire day’s work done in a morning if I just push through 5-6 sets of 25-minute sprints. Many people report the same thing.

But why?

For most people, your productivity is limited by your attention span. This is especially true today, when we all have boxes of infinite information sitting on our desks!

You have every intention of finishing a paper, but then you see an interesting email, or you get a message on Whatsapp, or you find your way onto Reddit for a “quick break”. Before you know it, your morning has gone.

The Pomodoro Technique completely removes the temptation for distraction because you know you have a 5 minute break approaching soon. If you know you have just another 8 minutes to go, it’s mentally a lot easier to keep working compared to not having an end-time in sight.

The Pomodoro Technique hacks your psychology.

It is first and foremost a psychological tool designed to make you a better learner, a better worker, and a more effective person.

The fact it is psychological and not merely practical is precisely what makes it so powerful.

Try it out today and you’ll see its true power!