David Amerland
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Working from home has its pitfalls. And some of those pitfalls have to do with the loneliness and the isolation and our weaknesses and fears. This is why we need a network of true peers where we can be open without fear of judgement and from which we can receive the kind of professional support we need. Plus, it creates a really important cognitive surplus we can benefit from.… more
3 days ago
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Working from home requires both process (to help you deal with each problem) and routine (to allow you to get "in the groove"). Both take some time to set up and become habits. Once you do have them set up however you are ready to engage in long-term sustainable, productive home working.… more
May 19, 2020
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Problems accumulate like barnacles on the hull of a boat. Like barnacles on the hull of a boat problems, big and large, undermine our efficiency and compromise the integrity of our personal operating system. Fortunately there is a way to deal with them that will help you be more efficient and productive.… more
May 12, 2020
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Working at home, alone is hard. Harder still when you hadn't had adequate time to prepare for it and suddenly find yourself in circumstances you feel you can't entirely control. This is why it's important to be able to employ smart, personal strategies that will actually help you maintain your cognitive and psychological equilibrium when you feel you're in situation you can't entirely control or find yourself in circumstances that are dependent upon external factors.… more
May 2, 2020
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Having a peer support network to call upon is an absolute must requirement when you work from home. Working from home is not a hard thing to do. It is however different to how we have been conditioned to work which means that unless we take measures to deal with these differences we will encounter pitfalls that will be hard to avoid.… more
Apr 23, 2020
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Navigating uncertainty is a skill. There are two truths behind this sentence. First, it is a skill we all possess to some degree because uncertainty is a constant in our lives, even when we don't realize it. Second, when the uncertainty increases past a certain value it crosses the threshold from the subconscious to the conscious and at that point we need to be knowledgeable of the cognitive techniques we can apply to mitigate its effects on us.   Across the different types of activities we engage in as human beings we, inevitably, encounter uncertainty in settings where our ability to disengage and leave is severely limited. Consider a competitive game of football, a boxing match, a game of chess, a pitched battle. These are all circumstances that have a similar dynamic: antagonists face off against each other, factoring in a variety of factors about the terrain and each other's known capabilities and history to create probabilistic scenarios that determine choices, decisions, plans and actions.  Then consider a different set of circumstances: a coming storm, rising sea levels, a raging battle of asymmetrically capable adversaries, a bushfire that's out of control. The sheer magnitude of the threat we experience in such circumstances is so overpowering that the perceived uncertainty appears to go off the scale. When everything seems fluid no plan can stand a chance. Perhaps.  In fact this isn't so. The uncertainty we experience, despite its seemingly external points of origin, is in fact mostly internal. When we understand that we can put in operation specific techniques designed to mitigate the threat it poses and lead to workable solutions where none existed before. More than that, we can also attain desirable outcomes where we thought that none were possible.… more
Apr 9, 2020
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Working from home provides the opportunity to take the kind of breaks you couldn't take in a workplace environment. Not all breaks however are the same in terms of their effect. This is why it's important to understand the effect breaks have on cognition and be able to use that knowledge to your advantage.… more
Apr 2, 2020
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Working From Home. Tip #1. Enclothed cognition is a well recognized psychological effect with a remarkable body of neuroscientific experimental data behind it. Now that you're working from home it is important to understand how it affects you and make use of it to help you be more productive.… more
Mar 25, 2020
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