web site hit counter How to Think More Effectively: A guide to greater productivity, insight and creativity - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

How to Think More Effectively: A guide to greater productivity, insight and creativity

Availability: Ready to download

We know that our minds are capable of great things because, every now and then, they come out with a brilliant idea or two. However, our minds are also unpredictable, spending large stretches of time idling or distracting themselves. This is a book about how to optimise these beautiful yet fitful instruments so that they can more regularly and generously produce the sort o We know that our minds are capable of great things because, every now and then, they come out with a brilliant idea or two. However, our minds are also unpredictable, spending large stretches of time idling or distracting themselves. This is a book about how to optimise these beautiful yet fitful instruments so that they can more regularly and generously produce the sort of insights and ideas we need to fulfil our potential and achieve the contentment we deserve. Among other things, we learn how to grasp fragile and flighty thoughts before they disappear through anxiety and fear; at what times of day to try to work and for how long; how to make use of our boredom and instincts, and how to overcome timid and predictable approaches to the largest problems. The result is an operating manual to that most wondrous, though intermittent and always baffling, organ: the human mind.


Compare

We know that our minds are capable of great things because, every now and then, they come out with a brilliant idea or two. However, our minds are also unpredictable, spending large stretches of time idling or distracting themselves. This is a book about how to optimise these beautiful yet fitful instruments so that they can more regularly and generously produce the sort o We know that our minds are capable of great things because, every now and then, they come out with a brilliant idea or two. However, our minds are also unpredictable, spending large stretches of time idling or distracting themselves. This is a book about how to optimise these beautiful yet fitful instruments so that they can more regularly and generously produce the sort of insights and ideas we need to fulfil our potential and achieve the contentment we deserve. Among other things, we learn how to grasp fragile and flighty thoughts before they disappear through anxiety and fear; at what times of day to try to work and for how long; how to make use of our boredom and instincts, and how to overcome timid and predictable approaches to the largest problems. The result is an operating manual to that most wondrous, though intermittent and always baffling, organ: the human mind.

30 review for How to Think More Effectively: A guide to greater productivity, insight and creativity

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nadhira Jasmine

    Picking this randomly from scribd, now I'm feeling satisfied after finishing this book. Consists of less than 150 pages, this book explains various type of thinking that human usually does. Every concept explained in understandable words, it feels like I'm being explained by genius/pro about what's on their mind but in an enjoyable way. Each chapter also gave readers some practical tips to apply this to our thought process. I'm not a type of person who reads "how to..." books, but this is sOo good Picking this randomly from scribd, now I'm feeling satisfied after finishing this book. Consists of less than 150 pages, this book explains various type of thinking that human usually does. Every concept explained in understandable words, it feels like I'm being explained by genius/pro about what's on their mind but in an enjoyable way. Each chapter also gave readers some practical tips to apply this to our thought process. I'm not a type of person who reads "how to..." books, but this is sOo good. Def would recommend this one to everybody who wants to start their journey in reading self-help books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mara Bragagnolo

    Completely changes the way you think. As the title suggests.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barrowsend

    Imagine. A book about thinking that actually really does help you think more effectively. Who'd have thought? Imagine. A book about thinking that actually really does help you think more effectively. Who'd have thought?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Queenie Nguyen

    3.5 Very interesting, ideas are written in a very digestible way. Should refer back to some parts, notably cumulative, independent and death thinking.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joel Schaefer

    As always, the School of Life offers quality content. This is difficult content is small understandable bite-size bits. The challenge when reading this book is that we want to zip through it, but to get the most of it, we must slow down and perform the exercises. The exercises is where the real work gets done and the full reflection occurs. Reading this book in this way, requires allocating some of our own time to critical thinking, which is hard and challenging. I particularly liked the section As always, the School of Life offers quality content. This is difficult content is small understandable bite-size bits. The challenge when reading this book is that we want to zip through it, but to get the most of it, we must slow down and perform the exercises. The exercises is where the real work gets done and the full reflection occurs. Reading this book in this way, requires allocating some of our own time to critical thinking, which is hard and challenging. I particularly liked the section on what we can learn from being envious.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I stumbled upon this book randomly and bought the Kindle edition on a whim and I'm so glad that I did. This book gave some form to a whole variety of ideas I've had kicking around my mind but never could put into words or see the connections. It's super short, but offers high-quality insights. No extra fluff, no repetitive ideas. It comes with some tips to improve the way you think about different situations, but the tips aren't super precise, which I think makes it applicable to just about anybo I stumbled upon this book randomly and bought the Kindle edition on a whim and I'm so glad that I did. This book gave some form to a whole variety of ideas I've had kicking around my mind but never could put into words or see the connections. It's super short, but offers high-quality insights. No extra fluff, no repetitive ideas. It comes with some tips to improve the way you think about different situations, but the tips aren't super precise, which I think makes it applicable to just about anybody.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Selim

    What I got from the book, in short ## 1. Strategic thinking We rarely think on why we do what we do. We make even major decisions with little forethought. Yet a little forethought can prevent a lot of pain later. ## 2. Cumulative thinking Thoughts come in bits and pieces. If we don't note them down, they will lost in the wind ## 3. Butterfly thinking A lot of good ideas come in shower, or in a train, or walking Good ideas are like butterflies, they can come near when you are not consciously looking f What I got from the book, in short ## 1. Strategic thinking We rarely think on why we do what we do. We make even major decisions with little forethought. Yet a little forethought can prevent a lot of pain later. ## 2. Cumulative thinking Thoughts come in bits and pieces. If we don't note them down, they will lost in the wind ## 3. Butterfly thinking A lot of good ideas come in shower, or in a train, or walking Good ideas are like butterflies, they can come near when you are not consciously looking for them ## 4. Independent thinking We are searching for wisdom in books and talks. We seem to believe that other older, wiser, cooler people already sorted things out. It is not. Your own reflection on your latest anger will provide you more insight than some brilliant writing on anger. Similar with the other emotions and human condition. You have already a lot of experience, your own life is full of insight. Dare to think for yourself. ## 5. Focused thinking The mind seems to like to generalise. We describe things vaguely. When we say a nice person, a great job, or a fun date, well this is not false but not specific. Being vague prevents us from truly understanding people and situations. So focus, ask yourself, what I **really** mean. ## 6. Philosphical Meditation Meditation is about feeling the moment and clearing the mind. Thinking and writing are great ways to meditate and clear mind. Asking yourself questions, thinking on them, and writing down the answers clarifies worries, dissolves hard feelings, and brings calm For example, ask yourself * what am I anxious about ? * what am I upset about ? * what am I excited about ? The answers will reveal and clarify many untold worries, regrets, hopes and you will feel relaxed. ## 7. Mad thinking Disregard the constraints. What would I do if couldn't fail? if I had infinite time? if money were not a concern ? What if I knew I would die this year? ## 8. Friend thinking Listening and speaking clarifies thoughts, so taking a walk speaking with a friend is a great way to think. ## 9. Reading The aim of reading is not to accept and agree with all we read. We should think on the material, and draw our own conclusions. ## 10. Envy Society shames envy, yet we all feel it and don't talk about it. Whenever you feel envious, get specific. What exactly are you envious? Mostly it's just a small part of a life. Getting specific enables you to replace envy with understanding. ## 11. Analogies Great tools, use them, yet an analogy is only partly true, so they are not to be taken too literally ## 12. Empathy Look inside. What you understand from your own feelings mostly applies to others. Almost all people fears death and rejection, we all have regrets, mistakes, insecurities, silly moments. The ancient advice has some truth, treat others as you want to be treated. ## 13. Death Remember death, it makes life much easier. In a dead end job? In a stuck relationship? Putting off things? Not showing kindness to loved ones? Life is short and you may not be here tomorrow morning. Do whatever you wish today. ## 14. Love We all need to feel heard, loved, understood, respected. No one is completely foolish, and we are all foolish in some regards. Before dismissing a person or judging too harshly, remember we are all human, and to err is human. ## 15. Sceptical thinking Even being hungry or not getting enough sleep clouds our judgement. Oour thoughts and values are changing. Imagine sincerely, what you believe might be wrong. Sleep on decisons. Don't be indecisive but not too certain either. Build a broad margin of error into your moves.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hoppsik

    Neatly and succinctly written. Every chapter is long enough to prone you to think and yet short enough to not bore you. This book dissects the process of thinking. At the end of every chapter there is a section called "mental manoeuvre" which on its own could be mistaken for "15 tips and tricks for better thinking" in some article, but it is more than that. Because of the depth that every chapter provides I treated mental manoeuvres more as a methods and exercises to test and develop each style Neatly and succinctly written. Every chapter is long enough to prone you to think and yet short enough to not bore you. This book dissects the process of thinking. At the end of every chapter there is a section called "mental manoeuvre" which on its own could be mistaken for "15 tips and tricks for better thinking" in some article, but it is more than that. Because of the depth that every chapter provides I treated mental manoeuvres more as a methods and exercises to test and develop each style of thinking that has been presented and make the most of each and every one. Loved every page.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fredholm

    I am not used to reading “How to..” books but this book is wow. Chapters like Envious Thinking, Friend Thinking and Love Thinking are truly inspiring. At the end of each chapter there is also a bullet point with a handful of tips and tricks (called Mental Manoeuvre) to apply the discussed strategies in everyday life. Thanks The School of Life for sharing such an invaluable content with a broad spectrum of applications.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob Cipolla

    A short, insightful and thought-provoking, (pun intended ... sorry), read that "punches above it's weight" regarding useful content relative to its brevity. A refreshing combination. I enjoyed it and look forward to trying to implement some of the suggested strategies. A short, insightful and thought-provoking, (pun intended ... sorry), read that "punches above it's weight" regarding useful content relative to its brevity. A refreshing combination. I enjoyed it and look forward to trying to implement some of the suggested strategies.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tomas

    It is truly impressive that we can take so many deep approaches in a process that we do everyday, almost all the time. Different stances on how to think, takes on to work with some of the hardest questions in life (accustom to The School of Life). Deep, clear, and practical.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Outdoors Nerd

    Another brilliant collection of concise, thought provoking (literally) and edifying essays. Exercises are included to cement the ideas into your own thought processes. Too many highlights to choose from so I made my highlight public on goodreads.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cris Saravia OdeMontellano

    It is a mook that puts names into the thought processes we already have. However, by doing so, I became much more aware of them and of how can I use them for better decision making, creative idea generation and self understanding. A bit too brief but very good!

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Birse

    Absorbing My goodness, there is so much takeaway for self development in this book that can be used in a personal and professional capacity. I'm looking forward to practicing what I've just absorbed. Absorbing My goodness, there is so much takeaway for self development in this book that can be used in a personal and professional capacity. I'm looking forward to practicing what I've just absorbed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diego Kuri

    Great content but I am not so sure about the right title.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalía Papadopoúlou

    Typical school of life book: difficult notions in an easy and fast to digest format. Perfect for commuting time :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    This is a pretty good book for "These Times," especially if you're having trouble making time for creative projects. A quick read with some helpful tips. This is a pretty good book for "These Times," especially if you're having trouble making time for creative projects. A quick read with some helpful tips.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alan Eyre

    Good, filled w wisdom.

  19. 4 out of 5

    FlyingBulgarian Svetli H.

    Not quite what I expected

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bharadwaj Machiraju

    A good book if reading this genre for first time. Otherwise just a reminder.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fed

    Full of good exercises and inputs to improve your life. I love how well the School of Life explains the logic behind our way of thinking and behaving.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    A wonderful little book full of power! Every little page of gold. It's a very helpful tool to help us understand how we think and how to think more effectively under different circumstances. A wonderful little book full of power! Every little page of gold. It's a very helpful tool to help us understand how we think and how to think more effectively under different circumstances.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Gray

    A must read. Definitely doing this with my Business Team

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Cusack

    Fabulous exploration of how we think and strategies to think effectively!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Hargreaves

    Thought provoking. I don't recommend reading it in one sitting. It's nice to take time to reflect after each chapter Thought provoking. I don't recommend reading it in one sitting. It's nice to take time to reflect after each chapter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanus

    This books surprisingly touches all facets of one's life. Divided into small sections and easy to read. Light reading even for those who don't, I suppose. This books surprisingly touches all facets of one's life. Divided into small sections and easy to read. Light reading even for those who don't, I suppose.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Saunders

    Great read. Quick and easy sections with takeaways on how to practice to think in different modes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Prad

    Read it in a matter of hours. Will re read and do the exercises next. It was a cost effective therapy session for sure.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte

    3.8

  30. 5 out of 5

    Neeraj

    Made me identify different types of thinking. With practical things to do to inculcate. I blocked time, twice a week for philosophical meditation after reading this.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.