So I haven't updated this blog in a while and figured now would be a good time. I've been debating exactly how I want to spend the free time I have, and have been toying with a few options. I've become very interested in this site that a friend recommended -- http://www.bulletproofexec.com/ The site is run by an extremely successful entrepreneur who pushes science to the extreme to try to improve his life. There is a lot of great information on this site, and a ton of information I use for planning by diet and as of this week taking supplements.
What I'm particularly interested is some of the programs he recommends to improve sleep quality and improve your IQ. Now I'll be the first to admit that I think IQ is in many ways legit and in many ways bullshit. It is legit because people who are good at pattern recognition tend to be good at most other intellectually challenging activities as well. Nevertheless, you're of course going to score better at IQ tests after you've taken them before as you get more comfortable and used to the pacing and problems. Yet to me it makes sense to me to think that you can exercise your brain the same way you can exercise a muscle, so I recently bought the i3mindware program which cost $45. It comes with a money back guarantee if you don't improve your IQ score at least 10 points, so I took the free practice IQ test and will be taking the second free practice IQ test in a couple weeks to see if I score an increase. I'm pretty excited about it.
I started doing the IQ training exercises today, and they will always remain pretty tough but not impossible as the program adjust to the user. I can't remember the last time my brain felt as tired as it had after this session, and it felt tired in a very weird way (like I worked it out). I'm not at all recommending anyone else buy the product as I haven't used it for more than a day, but I'm pretty excited about trying it out and curious to see the results it gives me.
After doing these IQ exercises I think I'm going to look into trying to improve my sleep quality and stress with some of the recommended tools on the site. I really want to try this program http://upgradedself.com/brain-performance/heartmath-emwave2.html, but $250 is a lot to spend on a computer program. I want to research this a bit more, but it seems like a scientific approach to meditating and that's something I'm pretty interested in. Here are some of my short term goals.
1) I banned myself from a few websites where I found myself wasting time. If I am going to spend an extra hour of the day doing something non-productive, I should spend that hour doing something fun. Not browsing the internets and not noticing time passes me by. This is much easier to do if I'm eating and sleeping well as I don't get into a state where I'm "too tired to work but tired enough to go to bed."
2) Do the IQ exercises for a few weeks and see what's up. If it works, check out some other stuff like the heartmath etc.
3) Record how I spend my time through the day. How much of it is school based, poker based, self-improvement based, or just having fun. I need to do this because it's easy to not spend time studying the MCATs since I don't see immediate results like I do when I get paid to teach poker or study before a quiz and get an A.
4) Eat really healthy and start taking the supplements I need to be taking (vitamin D etc).
5) Not be results oriented at all in any aspect of life. It does not matter if it is grades, girls, admission into a medical school, or a new poker video that gets hated on or loved, I'm going to pay as little attention to results as I possibly can.
Basically, I really want to give myself the biggest edge possible in life. I would like to know whenI enter medical school (despite being a few years older than the youngest students) that I am smarter, better organized, know the material better, and have a healthier life style (with regards to stress, diet, and my energy level) than the vast majority of students so I can crush skulls if I need to compete with someone and also just enjoy life more. If I want to play poker if there are legal American sites or write a screenplay while I'm in medical school (and as any 2+2 detective worth his salt will tell you, I've yet to play since Black Friday), I need to be very organized and to find the time to do it AND not be results oriented. If I'm only writing or playing poker a little bit, I can easily (likely) never write a screenplay that sells or go on a very long downswing in poker as I only have a few hours a week to spend on this hobby. And since I'm a guy that really likes doing multiple things without doing one thing too much, I think it is pretty important that I get myself as organized and efficient as possible so I have the greatest chance of succeeding and I need to not care about the results. I will be sure to update this blog with my change in IQ if it changes in a few weeks. Stay classy everyone.