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The New Smart

We can all be smarter with a second brain, and that extra brain is right there in our hands: our smartphones!

You don’t need any special programming skills.  With a little savings, you can buy a smartphone and load it up with free (or at least cheap) apps.  The apps are quick and easy to install.  Soon you’ll have launched into a whole new universe, with your thumb on information from around the world.  Add an iPad or tablet and you’ve given yourself the ability to sketch out problems and read books comfortably. Taking notes on your tablet has never been easier.  Link your devices with some Cloud Storage that allows you to view your notes anywhere, and you’ve equipped yourself with a state-of-the-art brain.

In this way, our smartphones, tablets, and e-Readers can be linked together to store a wealth of important facts, insights, and quotes.  Storing information on the Cloud (covered later in this guide) open up a central stage, from where you can edit and organize notebooks of information from any device you own.

In this way, your smartphone or tablet can be turned into an auxiliary brain.  Yes, you are stuck with the brain you have but your mobile device can be that brain implant you’ve always wanted.

Having a second brain comes in handy.  It enables you to:

  • Focus on things that are important to you.
  • Keep on track of your goals with your own personal roadmaps.
  • Use facts and gain a clearer understanding to augment your conversations.
  • Enhance your memory in new, creative ways with the use of mnemonics and image cues.
  • Solve problems creatively using your device like the back of a napkin.
  • With all of this available through your device, you’ll soon have a new way of thinking.

When your phone and other mobile devices are set up correctly, you can expand the types of things you can do on them.  Many activities that were once limited to your computer, or done with a pad of paper, can be done more effectively and with better results with your mobile brain.

Planning.  Unlike writing out to-do lists on paper, a portable brain gives you the ability to facilitate your plans.  By visualizing activities and goals, we are better able to see what we need to do.  Then by turning simple roadmaps into directions, we can organize the steps we need to take.

Remembering.  We can carry around more information with more details on our phones. More facts, more quotes, more news.  This in turn enhances our memory.  In many ways, carrying snippets and notes on a phone stimulate our thinking and help us to recall more.

Learning. Traditionally, you had to be in a library or near a stack of books to learn a subject.  But with most of today’s journals, books, magazines, and papers available online, you are able to use your device to learn.  It can be done anywhere and at any time.

Analyzing.  When we concentrate on a problem or topic, our devices can be used for analysis.  This includes drawing simple diagrams where we use our styluses on the screens to draw the components of an issue.  Or, we can key in the various aspects of an argument to help us to analyze a controversial issue.  In this way, our mobile device can be a tool to help us delve more deeply and comprehensively into a subject.

Taking Notes.  The great thing about reading on a device such as a Kindle, Nook or iPad, is that you can highlight and snip important passages.  The act of taking notes, putting things into your own words, and organizing them help us to learn more.  With our phones or tablets nearby, we are able to study anywhere and at any time.  See more on taking notes.

Discussing. More and more, our mobile phones and tablets are used in conversations.  If we don’t know a pertinent fact, we can easily look it up. If there is a quote that we vaguely recall, our tablet can be used to pull up the exact quote.  If there are statistics or breaking news, we can recall these easily with a phone in hand.  All of this stimulates discussions, and infuses them with reliable information.

Problem-Solving.  Instead of mulling over a problem in our heads, we can sketch it out or brainstorm solutions using an iPad or tablet.  If we need facts to solve the problem, they are readily accessible.  In short, a mobile device is a great tool to solve problems.

There are increasingly new and creative ways to use mobile devices to expand our knowledge and understanding of the world around us.  In addition, we can use our devices to keep our focus, overcome obstacles, and delve more deeply in to subjects we care about.

Once you begin using your devices in new ways, you’ll be hooked.  You will begin to develop habits that permeate other areas of your daily routine.   You will remember more, and feel more on top of things.

Read more in Mobo Brain: A Guide to Mobile Brainpower

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