Category: Life Skills

Executive Function: Time Management

Executive function sounds like an academic thing that cognitive psychologists made up so they can have theories about it. And they have a lot of theories. But basically, it’s a set of skills that allow us to direct our focus to plan, start, remember, and continue tasks: inhibition, cognitive flexibility, and working memory. Our recent […]

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Executive Function: Persistence

What motivates us is shaped by all the various experiences that shape who we are. So when it comes to persevering through ambivalence, uncertainty, and inner resistance, there are few shortcuts to genuine self-knowledge. If you’re struggling to study for your plumbing licensure, barely keeping your eyes open as you memorize ventilating piping and fixture […]

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Good Sleep Equals Good Days

Falling leaves. Cooler temps. Mid-semester exams. Autumn is finally upon us. As your kids truly settle into the school year, their minds may be pulled in several directions. There are now bona fide assignments and deadlines to contend with, as well as the specter of fall standardized tests. Yet, some students persist with their late […]

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Buzzword: Creativity and Cognition

Among cognitive skills, creativity is sometimes looked down upon as being both frivolous and beyond our conscious control. On skeptical days, we can associate creativity with quixotic, abstract, and unpredictable art. Even if we value creativity deeply, we often believe such insights come from invisible muses, innate talent, or some particular kind of childhood. Almost […]

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3 Tips on Securing Your Social Media Life

I’m of the millennial generation, where we kept a heavily curated Top 8 (except for Tom … who apparently is making a return, question mark?). We haphazardly taught ourselves to code because our MySpace pages had to play music when you arrived. We existed in a time where the Internet was a thing, and what you […]

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