How to solve the biggest problem with your mind …
In this article, Peter Cameron-Burnett looks at a critical shortcoming in your mind’s setup, and what you can do to get more done faster with less stress.
The problem We all face.
People often say the mind is like a computer.
It is, but the way it’s evolved means it has a massive processor and very small RAM. And its operating system is thousands of years overdue for an update.
In normal speak, that means it’s great at performing specific tasks, but it’s not great at holding lots of tasks in a queue, or working out which tasks are next.
The method our brain uses to determine what to do next is still based on what we like and what we hate.
The two boxes inside your head
From this point of view, the mind has two boxes.
Things you want to be closer to. This box was originally designed for attractive mates, warmth and things you can eat.
Things you want to be further away from. This box was originally designed to contain fire, loud noises and anything with more teeth than the entire Osmond family.
And that those are the boxes that your brain still uses for all of the tasks you want to do.
Guess what that means?
Your unconscious mind sees its job as keeping you safe from the things you don’t want to do.
And because you can only hold a few things in conscious memory, whose job it it to try and remember what you need to do?
Your unconscious mind.
(And by the way, all of the above is even more true for people who are anywhere on the autistic spectrum, or who have attention or focus issues.)
So that leads us to …
The Truth about Stress
Stress is originally an engineering term.
You could arguably say it means a force applied to something in a way that the something wasn’t designed to handle.
I’m going to propose a statement about stress. See if you agree.
Stress doesn’t come from doing any one thing. It comes from trying to work out what you need to do, and in what order.
An unpleasant job isn’t necessarily stressful.
But you can start to experience stress choosing between pleasant things.
You are in a restaurant. The menu is full of your favourite food. Everyone is waiting for you to order. You look at the menu again. It all looks delicious.
To most people that actually becomes a stressful situation, even though whichever dish they choose will be an enjoyable experience.
So here’s the takeaway from that. (Restaurant pun not intended!)
Stress doesn’t come from what you are doing. It comes from how you manage what you are doing.
Snapping apart Thinking and doing
Let’s take two types of people.
Army officers and professional American football players.
Both are trained to think beforehand, and then focus on doing, because experience has shown that thinking and doing are two separate activities.
If you stand about thinking on the battlefield, you get damaged.
If you stand about thinking on the playing field, you get damaged (albeit to a lesser extent.)
That doesn’t mean that we don’t think about what we’re doing.
But what it does mean is that we should ONLY be thinking about what we are doing.
Question for you:
How much of your mental chatter when you are doing something is your brain thinking about other things and debating whether they are actually more important?
(Again, for anyone on the spectrum, this will be something you can resonate with.)
So how do we solve this?
The answer is that we need an external operating system to support and extend our mind, a place where the things we have to do can live.
A place where we can use our conscious mind to prioritise.
Then we get to move from subconsciously prioritising based on what we like to consciously prioritising based on what’s important to us.
Then there is less stress. There is just a lot of activity.
The energy that was used to power our stress (being stressed takes effort!) becomes available to us as creativity and inspiration.
It’s like closing down the mental chatter department in your head and reassigning the people to your creativity team.
We need something to help us go from:
so we can get to …
Welcome to our world 😉
This is exactly the reason why we developed AgileOS.
(In fact the OS in the name stands for Operating System.)
It’s designed to be a flexible system that supports your thinking, and allows you to create a low-stress high-productivity workflow that removes the traffic jams in your head and gets you moving.
And because it’s important, we made it free.
It helps you do all of the things we’ve shown you above, quicker and easier than anything else out there.
You can sign up for free at http://agileos.tools
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