Tuesday, June 19, 2012

People who struggle to manage their time efficiently are told to ‘take a break’

Bestselling author and inventor of Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan, launches new book 'The Most Important Graph in the World', promising to reveal the memory secrets that will transform your productivity.

It’s a sign of the times. Today we are bombarded with information and extra demands as a result of huge advances in technology and communication. People can be left feeling overwhelmed by this rapid tsunami of data and tasks, and very often struggle to get a handle on their time. Instead of turning to the latest ‘time management’ fads and systems (which can be time consuming in themselves), there is a much simpler way to cope says Tony Buzan, thinking expert, bestselling author and inventor of Mind Mapping.

In his latest book, ‘The Most Important Graph in the World’, co-written with Jennifer Goddard and Jorge Castaneda, Tony reveals ways to improve productivity through a series of revolutionary memory techniques. His ‘Most Important Graph’ provides a formula for people to improve their cognitive, behavioural and learning powers. It unleashes truths about our memories and encourages people to think intelligently about their intelligences, opening up new ways for them to manage themselves, their lives and their self-development.

One of the central points in the book is the need for people to take breaks to allow the brain to absorb information and give it time to recuperate. It is common in today’s fast-paced culture for breaks to be frowned upon, but according to the ‘Most Important Graph’ they are a vital part of learning and productivity.

This is because the brain is better at remembering things at the beginning and the end of an experience or learning period, known as the ‘primacy effect’ and the ‘recency effect’. By taking regular breaks, we allow new primacy and recency effects to form, thus raising overall performance. We also let our systems integrate the information we have acquired, while regenerating and gathering power for the next work or study session. The mind, Tony explains, needs time to recover just as the body’s digestive system needs time to recover from an eating or drinking session.

Working without breaks means most of the information in the middle of the learning or work period is lost. It can leave the worker not only exhausted, but demotivated and even depressed.

"24/7 thinking is dangerous to the individual and dangerous to society" says Tony. "The big gear thinking occurs when you are relaxed and conceptually or actually physically alone."

Tony suggests taking breaks for five to 10 minutes, including listening to music, lying down, doing exercises or even going for a short walk. People are also advised to plan their breaks intelligently so they get the most out of their working day.

On the subject of time management itself, Tony adds a significant point. He believes that time itself cannot be managed, as it has been managing itself for 15 billion years without people. He says: “We all get the same 24 hours in the day, no more, no less. Forget the idea that time management is about managing time. It’s not. It’s about managing yourself first and foremost, and how you go about doing things within the framework of time.”

An understanding of memory can dramatically change our lives and the lives of those around us. Through the ‘Most Important Graph’ people can learn to make better use of their own time and performance, and employ key principles to help them on their path to success.

Tony Buzan is a prolific author and has written over 100 books on the brain and thinking, translated into 33 languages in over 150 countries.

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