4 Mind Hacks from Silicon Valley

The most successful people know that focus is the magic ingredient when it comes to smashing your goals. Every day there are more and more innovative ideas coming out to help you minimize distractions and get ahead. Here are the latest mind hacks coming out of Silicon Valley, home of successful entrepreneurs.  

1. Wim Hof

The Wim Hof method uses physical and mental work to increase your energy, promote sleep, and heighten your creativity and performance. It is based on three key elements: cold therapy, breathing, and commitment to help you become strong, happy, and healthy. 

First, you focus on breathing. First thing in the morning take up to forty deep breaths, inhaling as deeply as you can. Hold for as long as you can then exhale everything out before inhaling again. Then you hold your breath and do as many push-ups as you can manage. 

The next phase involves stretching and yoga while focusing on the breath. Then is the cold therapy: a cold shower that gives you a rush of adrenaline and a sense of euphoria and wellbeing. 

Wim Hof adherents say that this hack will clear your mind, tone your body, and lift your focus and energy. 

2. Pomodoro

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management hack that helps make you more focused and efficient. Named after the inventor's tomato-shaped kitchen timer, Pomodoro breaks up your work time into short chunks of twenty-five minutes. The short breaks help you get through your workload without burning out or becoming distracted.  

The technique is simple:

Decide on your task.

Set your timer for twenty-five minutes.

Work solidly on your set task until the timer rings. 

Mark a cross, check, or another symbol meaningful for you on a piece of paper. 

When you have three marks take a short break before coming back for another Pomodoro session.

3. Focus and Productivity Apps

There are several apps available to help you become more productive by blocking access to social media or news sites, so you focus on your tasks. You can choose site blocking apps that allow you some 'playtime,’ but then shut down the game app so you can concentrate on work. 

4. Actual Writing

This may sound odd coming out of Silicon Valley, but research shows that writing by hand improves memory and recall. Writing takes higher concentration than typing on a keyboard. Even better, there’s no chance of being interrupted by social media notifications. (You have those turned off, right?)