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Bring Your Brain to Work

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You can take your kid to work. There's a special day for that. You can take your dog to work. Many companies allow it every day. But what about taking your brain to work? That's strictly optional.

Makes sense.

For 99% of what you do, you really can operate on automatic. You arrive at work, you turn off your brain, and next thing you know, you're done for the day.

Unfortunately, while your brain's been coasting, the brains of computers and other sinister technology tools have gotten smarter. If you keep hearing about "AI," there's a reason for it. Their artificial intelligence is so much better than our genuine intelligence that the latest accessory to your smartphone may soon be you.

Which is why I was relieved to come across "How to Maintain a Healthy Brain," a lifesaver of an article by Kailas Roberts on psyche.co.

Roberts, an Australian psychologist, wants to help you tune up and turn up that turnip sitting on your shoulders. And you don't want to dillydally.

 

"You should anticipate some decline in 'brain-power' as you grow older," he warns, "potentially as early as your 30s."

You can already see your sluggish brain floundering when you can't remember important facts, like where you left the keys to the Tesla. This is especially disconcerting when you remember you don't actually own a Tesla. There is also, Roberts finds, a "deterioration in 'executive skills.'"

Personally, I think he's wrong about that. Look at management in your company. The key executive skills -- showing off, goofing off and blaming others for your mistakes -- just keep improving over time.

If you do decide to try working with your brain turned on, here's what to do:

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