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Your Brain at Work

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David Rock

Often, we believe that increased effort alone will improve performance when we are not delivering our best work. In reality, our brain often requires more energy and rewards for it to keep functioning. This is because the brain easily gets fatigued and distracted, as well as being strongly motivated by factors such as certainty, control, and status. To optimize brain function, it is beneficial to minimize daily distractions, seek opportunities for increased choice and autonomy, and prioritize the development of reflective thinking skills. Distractions should be identified and eliminated. To remain focused, you must recognize and dismiss everyday distractions. For example, remember to switch off your mobile phone and close your email program when working on something that requires active thinking. As a result, your brain will not have to expend energy on pondering unread emails or missed calls. Further, if people discover that you only respond to important emails at a certain time, they will probably send you only those. Expect less. To cultivate a positive mindset, it can be helpful to lower expectations a bit. When you find yourself becoming overly excited about the possibility of achieving a promotion or receiving a reward, consciously resist the urge to become too carried away. By doing so, if you do end up being rewarded, it will be a delightful surprise, and if things don't go as planned, it won't be as disappointing.

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Your Brain at Work offers various ways to improve our thinking skills while also investigating how the brain works. It provides a variety of techniques that will aid us in overcoming distraction and improving our focus, drawing on many neuropsychological studies carried out over the past 25 years.

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Often, we believe that increased effort alone will improve performance when we are not delivering our best work. In reality, our brain often requires more energy and rewards for it to keep functioning. This is because the brain easily gets fatigued and distracted, as well as being strongly motivated by factors such as certainty, control, and status. To optimize brain function, it is beneficial to minimize daily distractions, seek opportunities for increased choice and autonomy, and prioritize the development of reflective thinking skills. Distractions should be identified and eliminated. To remain focused, you must recognize and dismiss everyday distractions. For example, remember to switch off your mobile phone and close your email program when working on something that requires active thinking. As a result, your brain will not have to expend energy on pondering unread emails or missed calls. Further, if people discover that you only respond to important emails at a certain time, they will probably send you only those. Expect less. To cultivate a positive mindset, it can be helpful to lower expectations a bit. When you find yourself becoming overly excited about the possibility of achieving a promotion or receiving a reward, consciously resist the urge to become too carried away. By doing so, if you do end up being rewarded, it will be a delightful surprise, and if things don't go as planned, it won't be as disappointing.

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Preserve your thinking capacity as much as possible, as it is limited.

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Although we get distracted easily, there are ways to stay focused.

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To perform optimally, your brain must be stimulated properly.

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The brain finds certainty and control incredibly satisfying, and you may cultivate these emotions on your own.

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It's essential to regulate your expectations to feel happy in general.

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