Your Brain On Creativity

Your Brain On Creativity

Guest post by Hunter Gardner

The brain is complicated, and peeling back the layers has shown that previous ideas about how the brain works have been flawed. For example, humans do use more than 10% of our brains and people are not definitively “left-brained” or “right-brained.”

This got us thinking, with all this new knowledge about how the brain actually works, what does your brain really look like during the creative process?

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5 Ways To Get More Out of Google Drive

5 things you didn't know about Google Drive

Without technology, our lives would be very, very different. There’s only so much we can keep in our heads. The rest, we delegate to gadgets and apps. We’re always looking for new ways technology can help us increase productivity and streamline our processes.

You probably already know about Google Drive, but did you it’s so much more than just cloud storage? Google Drive is one of the best tools you can use to get and stay organized. The best part? It’s completely and totally free.

Here are 5 ways to get more out of Google Drive:

 1. Collaborate with others

One of the best things about Google Drive is it’s ability to let you collaborate with others. If you have a document, you can easily share it with other members of your team. Multiple people can work in the document in real time, from anywhere, and all changes will be saved. You will also see a revision history on the document. It’s simple and efficient to use and all you have to do is send a link to your collaborators.

2. Add really large attachments to emails

Have any of your emails ever failed to send because the attachment was too large? We’ve all been there. Instead of trying to figure out how you can magically reduce your file size, you can use Google Drive instead. If you use Gmail, you can add a document directly from your drive to you email, without having to upload it. There’s also no size limit so you can send anything you want.

3. Edit images

Trying to use Photoshop might give you a big headache. Plus, it’s expensive. By saving your images to Google Drive you can install an extension to Google Chrome called Pixlr Editor so that you can easily edit these files. It’s not quite as robust at Photoshop but it’s much better than other programs, like Paint. It’s completely free and web-based so no downloads are required.

4. Create a presentation, spreadsheet, or even a survey

Google Drive can do basically anything Microsoft Office can do. You can create a presentation (comparable to Powerpoint) or a spreadsheet (like Excel). You can even create a form or survey and the responses you get will automatically be populated into a spreadsheet. Using Google Docs might even be better than Office if you’re always on the go. You can access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection, even on your phone. If needed, you can even export your Google Doc into an Microsoft Office format.

5. Save images directly to your drive

You can also save images directly into your Google Drive. See an image you like while you’re browsing the web? If you’re on Chrome, just right click on the image and hit ‘save to drive’. You can also transfer images on your phone or tablet to your Google Drive app. This eliminates having to connect your phone to your computer and then downloading them.

Hopefully these Google Drive tips will make your life a little easier!

Focus, Commit, Start: 3 Words To Live By

Words to live by: commit, focus, start

Committing to doing something isn’t easy but seeing it through is even harder. Finding motivation for getting even the most basic tasks done can be challenging. When that happens, your productivity takes a huge hit.

To get yourself started on the right foot, you should live and work by these three words: Commit, focus, start.

Commit

Before you decide to do something, make sure you are ready to commit. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for failure and wasting your time. Ask yourself these four questions:

  • What will I gain from this?
  • What will others gain from this?
  • How much time will this take?
  • Will it make a difference?

If you can’t give yourself solid answers to these questions, it’s best not to move forward. Before you take any big steps, you have to know what the road to the finish line looks like and what you expect to gain. What actually happens doesn’t have to match exactly what you think will happen, but you should at least have an idea. If you’re comfortable with where that road is taking to you, commit to it. And when you commit, make sure you are ready and prepared for it.

Focus

After you have committed, get focused. This is your time to plan and strategize. You should always have a game plan before you start. Create milestones and checkpoints for yourself:

  • When do you want to finish?
  • How much progress should you make at each checkpoint?
  • Do you need help?
  • What is Plan B? Plan C?

Mapping everything out helps you prepare for whatever lies ahead, even the unexpected. This saves you time and effort.

Start

Once you have committed and focused your attention and energy, you can start. This is probably the hardest part. It can be scary to start anything new; however, keep in mind what you thought of when you committed. Whether you fail or succeed, it’s a learning experience.