Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Is the daily standup good for the brain?

A few days ago I came across an article on Psychology Today called Is Your Brain Asleep on the Job? which talks about how doing the same thing day in day out uses the same neuronal pathways over and over, eventually forming ruts. It goes on to discuss ways of waking up your brain by challenging it, but right at the end of the article I came across the following quote:
Another way to wake up your brain is to create short-term goals for each day (or task). These tell your brain what you want it to focus on, bringing it to fuller attention. Your brain likes having a set of concrete actions to perform. That's why having and reviewing a list of short-term goals, and the tasks required to meet them, works so brilliantly. Your brain happily signs on as your taskmaster, but it's up to you to create the tasks that matter and to keep your brain alert and focused on achieving them. It works because goals wake up "sleeping neurons" and strengthen and increase the firing of neuronal synapses
This instantly made me think about the daily standup. Every day we create short-term goals and provided we stay focused we are helping our brains.

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