Your Brain at Work by David Rock. This was one of the first book I read on Brain. I was intrigued by how our brain works and hence I picked up this Book. This book was eye opening and it made me realise how I could use my brain effectively to handle my life and work. The book illustrates a lot of real time case studies and teaches us in a simple effective manner how we can optimize our life.

After reading the book I realised that ultimately what we are, nothing but our Brain. Our Brain tells us who we are, what we like, what we dislike and what we need to do and what we should not do.

The key things that I learnt from this book are:

  1. Our Brain has parts called as Prefrontal Cortex and Basal Ganglia. Prefrontal Cortex is like CEO of our brain which is in charge of handling with new tasks. It is the main decision taking part. While Basal Ganglia is responsible for carrying out repetitive tasks such as driving, brushing etc. Often we do things without remembering how we do it because our brain automatically gets it done.
  2. Brain is like a stage. The stage can hold limited number of tasks (actors). You can consciously do only one task efficiently. Hence one should avoid multi tasking.
  3. Brain uses glucose for working efficiently.
  4. It is easier for the brain to read a word than to identify a color.
  5. Ventrolateral Prefrontal Cortex inhibits many responses (our impulses).
  6. Self-control is a very limited resource. Each time you stop yourself from doing something, the next impulse is harder to stop.
  7. Being “always on” can drop your IQ significantly as much as losing a night’s sleep and hence one should have downtime to recharge oneself from time to time.
  8. Happiness is not just a good dose of dopamine, but a nice oxytocin buzz, too.

This book really made an impact on me. I started caring about my brain. I started protecting my brain from a lot of distractions. This helped me with more peace of my mind. So if you are looking for a piece of wisdom, this book is very interesting and an easy read. The book provides Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long.