Edition#62: Improving Your Career, Mental Fatigue, 1% Better

Tips To Perform Better

1. What do you currently offer in your career? What skills do you have that benefit others? Do you appreciate those skills? 

Identify your strengths and question whether they’re being utilised. Your potential is defined by your ability to learn, apply and translate skills into goals and aspirations. 

Aligning attention with intention breeds progress.

2. When we consciously think about what behaviours we plan to perform, we wake up with an understanding and motivation to achieve what’s necessary that day. This conscious thinking results in managing mental fatigue because the decisions we make require less effort.

Preparation offers savings in time. And just like a bank account, with each deposit of savings, more time becomes available to us.

Some Words To Consider

1. For us to continually advance, we need to attach relevant information to our progress. We require a feedback loop of improvement so our future behaviour edges us closer to our potential. 

Although we are more than capable of providing a self-assessment and not engaging a coach of some form, our evaluation of our improvement is likely to be less precise than someone else’s evaluation.

Look for someone trustworthy to provide you honest feedback

2. What can you do today that can help you become 1%. better tomorrow?

The Last Week

What I’m currently watching

The Night Agent (Netflix). While FBI Agent Peter Sutherland (Gabriel Basso) works monitoring a National Security phoneline, he answers a call that lands him in the middle of a terrorism conspiracy and a mole in the Whitehouse. If you love fast paced thrilling TV series, this is the one for you. I’m a few episodes in of the ten episode series. So far, so good. 

What I’m currently reading

Daydreaming is effective. Studies show taking a mind-wandering break promotes creativity and productivity. When you’re career requires consistent focus, the brain needs a break to regain its level of performance. Use daydreaming playfully – it can help find solutions to problems you’ve been trying to figure out. 

What I’m currently writing 

Conscious thinking. Within our brain, there’s a filtering system known as the reticular activating system (RAS), which is a network of neurons in our mind. It filters out the unnecessary information and keeps in what’s important to us. The RAS is the reason we buy a new car, and start seeing the same vehicle on the road. It’s why we can immediately tune out in a busy crowd, but become attentive when someone calls our name. 

Our RAS takes what we focus on, and creates a filter for it. We only notice what matches our internal belief system. Even in our professions, our RAS carries through. It’ why a painter would go into a house and analyse the paintwork or why an interior designer would focus on styling a new room