Travelers that spend away from home all their vacations and free time, say that some of the most important ideas come to them while traveling. Why does this happen?

Change in perception. Travel allows us to see the world through different lenses. We try new foods, hear foreign speech, and change the rhythm of our day. When you make trips to other countries, you can see how much life elsewhere may differ from yours. Moreover, when you come back home, you can look at your lifestyle and assess it with fresh eyes, what would be impossible if you did not go out for days from your office. This new perception can bring you new ideas and unexpected solutions to problems that you have been struggling for a long time. When you travel, you have a great opportunity to think the way you have never done this before.

Energy recharge. Holiday spent in travel is a great way to restore your energy balance and focus. Imagine your life as a glass that is slowly being filled with dripping water - daily stress, problems and tasks at work. When this glass gets full, your thinking becomes less efficient and productivity is reduced. Travelling is similar to pouring out water from the glass and making it empty for new thoughts and experience

Brain exercise. Travel can be compared to learning a new subject, as it provides opportunities for learning new information, getting new experiences and stimulate the creation of new connections between neurons of your brain.

Moving out from your comfort zone. Regardless of whether you go hiking on the Inca trail or go for a week in the Sahara, trips push you out of your usual routine and comfort zone. When you visit new places, you break your boundaries and broaden horizons.

Inspiration. During the trip, you can come up with new ideas or solutions for realization your old ones. Spending time in a completely different places, speaking to various people and seeing incredible sceneries will make you feel that your brain has started to work in a different way. Trips to other countries will help you escape from the routine, focus and think about your plans and aspirations.

Communication. Travel is a set of situations in which you need to talk to other people. You can learn a lot new things about your ability to communicate while travelling, especially in places where English is not native language and you need to rely on non-verbal cues to get the necessary information.

We are often so obsessed with our work and throw ourselves into the routine so often, that sometimes we just cannot find the strength to come out from the process for some time and refresh our brain. Travelling can bring us new experience, ideas and understanding of where to go next in our life.

Please tell us what positive changes have you noticed in your life after returning from journeys? 

Let’s start with a brief excursion into biology.The prefrontal cortex is a set of several areas of the frontal lobes directly related to the limbic system. It is responsible for complex cognitive and behavioral functions, emotions, executive functions, assessment of the situation and decision-making, tact, impulse control and abstract thinking. That is, we use this part of the brain to think logically, to plan and prioritize. Work of the prefrontal cortex is energy-consuming, and when it gets tired, our performance suffers, and then other parts of the brain are enabled.

Antipode of the prefrontal cortex is the amygdala, which is also a part of the limbic system and is responsible for our emotions, both negative and positive. That is when we see a bear, mind we still did not realize what was going on, and the amygdala has already given the command to our hearts begin to work rapidly and our feet to scurry away.

Love your prefrontal cortex and fight with your amygdala. When it comes to decision-making, your prefrontal cortex is your best friend and ally, but the amygdala can spoil everything. For example, when the amygdala is running in a panic trying to put out the fire, the prefrontal cortex is thinking about how to avoid similar situations in the future. While the amygdala is yelling at your colleague because of an error, the prefrontal cortex will try to improve the process that caused this error.

Monday is a day for the executive thinking. There is a common belief that Monday is the worst day of the week. However, if you work under a stable office schedule, it is Monday when your prefrontal cortex is at its peak efficiency, and this is the best time to use it at full capacity without great loss of energy. That is why the first morning after the weekend is the perfect time to start something important, outline your main objectives for the workweek and think about your future.

You can choose Monday for planning your work ahead and making important and successful decisions. Moreover, you can unite forces with your colleagues by arranging meetings, discussions and brainstorming with your team on Monday mornings. Attention should be focused on the future of your projects, new plans and prospects. Such meetings can enhance a sense of shared mission in your team and make it more integrated.

If you work under non-standard schedule, then you can choose another day. The main thing is to feel well-rested, fresh and ready to move mountains.

 

We already wrote about the theory of broken windows, and today we want to continue this topic. David Gunn said the graffiti was a signal of disorder in the system. Therefore, before starting the process of restructuring the subway organization, the first thing to do was declare a victory over graffiti. Without winning this battle, no reforms would take place. After all, new trains could be bought, but if they had not been protected from vandalism, they would be spoiled in one day.

So, Gunn gave the command to clean all the subway cars, route by route, car by car, every single day. There were washing points placed at the end of each route. If the arriving train was covered with graffiti, drawings were washed away during the turn around. Otherwise the car was removed from service. In any case, dirty cars, which had not been washed clean yet, did not mixed with clean ones.

There was one interesting case in the depot in Harlem, where the underground trains were housed at night. On the first night, teenagers came and covered the train wall with white paint. On the second night, when the paint had dried, they came and circled the contours, and then colored everything during the third night. That is, they worked three nights. Gunn was waiting until they finish their "work", and then subway workers painted everything over from top to bottom. Young painters were upset to tears, but they received a clear message: "If you are willing to spend three nights to disfigure the train walls, go ahead. But no one will see it."

The second step of the new management was dealing with fare-beaters that were also considered to be a signal of disorder in the system. When people see that someone does not pay, they decide that they do not have to do it as well, and the problem grows like a snowball. In 1990, William Bratton was hired as a chief of transport police. What Bratton did was setting 10 plain-clothes police officers near the turnstiles, who snatched fare-beaters, cuffed them and lined them up in a chain on the platform. After that, violators were taken to the police bus, where police searched them, fingerprinted and checked their criminal history.

It turned out that many of the fare-beaters had weapons, and some of them had problems with the law. That program became a great success for the police. Bad guys became smarter quite quickly and started to leave their weapon at home and pay subway fares. In 1994, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appointed Bratton as a chief of police and ordered to develop this strategy on the scale of the whole city. The chain reaction was stopped, and by the end of the 1990s, New York became one of the safest cities in the USA.


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