Monday, September 4, 2017

@Memory - Brain Rules by John Medina

Create occupational stress in your colleagues that you dislike by expecting a great deal out of them and creating situation where they have no control over the work.

Work-Life Balance > When home problem spill into the workplace, it affects everyone. Not everyone can compartmentalise. There was once when I was frustrated by events of my personal life, that I slam the phone receiver down multiple times after speaking with a third party. 

Thinking > Experts organise their knowledge base around core concepts. Organise meaningful information in a logical hierarchical structure. I made the mistake by learning about the fine details without understanding the big picture and how my actions impact others and my family. 

Thinking > The brain cannot multitask. Do one thing at a time. If your boss tell you to multi task 10 things and everything is important, then none of the tasks will be treated with urgency. When I am over capacity, I am afraid of escalating for help in view of looking incompetent and assumption of retribution from colleagues and boss. 

Memory > If the material absorbed into the working memory is not held in a durable form, it will disappear. There are several ways of making the material durable and one that works for me is being present and actually take time to reflect on my learnings at work / ideas once during lunch and once after work. Wasted time on Public Transport can actually be useful self reflection time rather than the stress and attention spent on driving. 

Memory > Forgetting irrelevant information helps us to prioritise. There was once a man who remember every single detail but forgot how to think for meaning and relationship between data points to extract action points that translate into money or benefits. The art of thinking is different from having eidetic memory or being able to Google well.