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Tell Me What You Did Today, And I'll Tell You Who You Are

What Your Brain Needs To Thrive

  • Nutrition: We are what we eat, and having a good nutritious diet, full of green vegetables, nuts and seeds goes a long way. Avoid processed foods at any cost.
  • Oxygen: or fresh air is a primary need of the brain. Any daily exercise routine is best for brain health.
  • Information: The brain needs information to process, preferably high quality and diverse. Active learning, along with continuous mental challenges that get the cylinders firing is the way to nourish the brain and form connections. True learning reframes our entire mental model and helps the brain evolve.
  • Love: What keeps us happy and healthy is good, loving relationships, and the care and touch of loved ones.

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This Day Is Your Entire Life

What we are doing today, how we master the present day and how good we are in living each day, is the key to master your weeks, months, years and your entire life.

We start our days accidentally and go spiraling downward, on most days. The first few decisions that are made creates or destroys the momentum and the trajectory the day is going to take.

Today Is The Future

Most people keep planning, visualizing and imagining their future life as if they are watching some other person live it. That person is you. If you intentionally live each day, perfecting and maximising your vision of the future, instead of killing time or just living a bread and butter, day-to-day existence, you steer your life towards the direction you want.

We need to act like the person we wish to become, as we are what we do all day.

What Your Brain Needs To Thrive

  • Nutrition: We are what we eat, and having a good nutritious diet, full of green vegetables, nuts and seeds goes a long way. Avoid processed foods at any cost.
  • Oxygen: or fresh air is a primary need of the brain. Any daily exercise routine is best for brain health.
  • Information: The brain needs information to process, preferably high quality and diverse. Active learning, along with continuous mental challenges that get the cylinders firing is the way to nourish the brain and form connections. True learning reframes our entire mental model and helps the brain evolve.
  • Love: What keeps us happy and healthy is good, loving relationships, and the care and touch of loved ones.

Productivity And The Subconscious Mind

  • Keep a journal and to-do list, note down in the night what you need to do the following day, and write a bit in the morning about your ideas, completing what you started in the morning. This will enable your subconscious mind to chew on whatever was incomplete at night.
  • The first three hours of your morning are your coveted hours for productivity, just after you have had a restful sleep.
  • Your brain is at your best in the morning, along with your energy levels.

Forced Functions

  • Instead of continuously and tirelessly working, create short bursts of intense activity tailored to your work, followed by rest and recovery.
  • While taking breaks is looked down upon, this is when the actual productivity of the brain starts to happen, when it is left to think independently.
  • Deep work, with no distractions is good for a project, but a loose, wandering mind is required to solve difficult problems in an innovative and creative manner.

Tips For Forced Functioning

  • When at home, leave your phone aside, as it can consume all your remaining hours in distractions.
  • Remove unhealthy food from the fridge and pantry.
  • While working from a cafe, leave your laptop charger at home. Now you have a few hours to complete your work before your laptop dies.
  • Set yourself short deadlines. Too much time hampers productivity.
  • Investing your money in your goal makes you more serious about it.

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

"A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have."

Do What You Fear

Fear to take action can hamper your productivity and pure courage is required to:

  • Understand your fear
  • Face your fear by taking action.

Confront your fear and do what terrifies you, stepping out of the comfort zone, eventually leading a different life altogether.

Networking And Total Impact

Your being positive and active should have an impact on your network, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Your network becomes your net worth when you consciously leverage it.

Be bold And passionate and live each day as your finest. You cannot afford to live passively, pay your bills and die.

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Become very good at living each day

Momentum is created or destroyed every day with the first few decisions you make.

If you learn to master your day, you’ll learn how to master your weeks, months, years, and life.

The things your brain needs in order to thrive
  1. Nutrition: Quality of food you put into your body matters.

  2. Oxygen: The amount of oxygen your brain gets determines how well it functions.

  3. Information: If the brain isn’t firing, it’s not wiring, and this ages it.

  4. Love: The brain thrives on physical touch and emotional connection.

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Good and Bad Decisions

Decisions are a cost-benefit analysis of risking something small for the opportunity to gain something big.

  • Good decisions can be: Exercising, meditating for 10 minutes daily, finding the courage and striking up a conversation with someone, applying for jobs that you may or may not get.
  • Bad decisions can be: lying or pretending to someone, driving unsafely, sending angry text messages, or staying up late drinking before an important meeting or exam in the morning.
Trade-offs and Life Values

Trade-offs are not something as simple as flipping a coin. Our values guide us towards what we want in life, and it is not the same for all. Example: Buying a house has a trade-off of mortgage for the next ten or more years. This is subjective and depends on what we value in life.

Indecisive people suffer because they don’t know their inner values and what they care about.

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Don't Overcommit

One of the many reasons we feel so overwhelmed is because we say yes to far too many things. It leaves you in a difficult place of committing to something you didn't want in the first place.

It's better to say, "let me get back to you".

Keep Your Priorities In Sight

Focus on a single "priority," not on multiple "priorities." The key to living an essential life is understanding what your priority is. Is it your family? Your career? Your hobby?

You will know your real priority once you know what you want out of life.

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Causes of mental fatigue

Contributing factors to mental fatigue are poor nutrition, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalances, or cognitive overload. Cognitive overload can take the following forms:

  • When you focus on a single task for an extended period of time.
  • When you spread your attention across too many things.
  • Worrying about tasks. It is as mentally taxing as doing the task.
Give your brain high-quality fuel

Your brain is fuelled with the same food as your muscles. What you eat has an enormous impact on your cognitive functioning.

  • Cut down on refined sugars as it decreases alertness. Aim for sustained energy levels throughout the day.
  • Plan your meals in advance. If you wait until you're hungry, you're already low on energy and willpower and will reach for a quick energy boost in the form of sugar.
  • Don't skip breakfast. Without it, you may likely crash in the middle of the morning. Eat more eggs, yogurt, and oatmeal to sustain your energy levels until lunch.
  • Snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon to give your body consistent fuel.
  • Stay hydrated with water. Mild hydration can negatively impact cognitive performance.
  • Listen to your body to figure out what makes you feel best. The same nutrition advice won't work for everyone.

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