Step 1: Create your experiment--choose a stimulus
Choosing a stimulus is arguably the most vital part of this experiment. This will require something that is quick, easy to do or cause, and that you can restrict to doing only when you’re awake, as opposed to during other states of consciousness.
The Busy Pinata’s strongly recommended stimulus of choice is to play a specific song. It requires little effort and is portable & easy to replicate without certain equipment [forgot your music device? Break out in song!].
You can use whatever stimulus you’d like-- See the sidebar for some great examples.
Eat/drink something distinct [i.e. milk on the rocks, pimento mac and cheese]
Craft a smoothie or cocktail using household ingredients on hand
Perform a card trick
Hold a plank for thirty seconds
Recite a friend’s phone number repeatedly for a minute
[Recommended by the Busy Pinata] Play one of these songs:
You Drive me Crazy--Britney Spears
Puttin’ on the Ritz--Ella Fitzgerald
Gots to Get Her--Blake Lewis
Action Stimulus Suggestions
WAKE UP! : Breakfast Conditioning Experiment
Goal: train yourself to go from groggy to wide awake in 60 seconds, using a modern application of classical conditioning
Last time, we learned about the basics of conditioning [link here]. Classical conditioning is a fun way to jive up your everyday life and hack it to death. Today, we learn how to snap yourself out of sleepiness--yes, train your brain to effectively change its state of consciousness in a matter of seconds, no matter what time of day it is or how groggy you may be.
The idea here is to get your brain to associate a state of being wide awake with a simple stimulus that you can present to yourself whenever you need to increase alertness.
The process: 1) Create your custom experiment, 2) perform trials and 3) try it out when you are fully incubated [or adjusted to the association].
Waking up is like cooking bacon; at first it's disgusting and smells bad, but once done, it reminds you of all the wonderful things in the world.
Wake up! Breakfast Conditioning
Learn how to go from groggy to wide awake in 60 seconds or less no matter what time of day or what you're doing.