#25: Our Personal EF Hacks: Cognitive Flexibility
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In this episode, Darius and Erica share some personal life hacks, tools, and technology for managing cognitive flexibility.

How cognitive flexibility works

  • Managing different rules for different situations
  • Realizing diverse perspectives
  • Shifting from one task to another

Personal executive function hacks

  • Find joy and excitement in new learning experiences
  • Be compassionate, accepting, and positive
  • Seek a diverse group of friends
  • Try new approaches
  • Seek solutions and a growth mindset
  • Manage the amygdala - unexpected emotional reactions
  • Network and have conversations with other professionals - ask questions - consider other viewpoints
  • Books and audiobooks - expand our outlook - The New Earth by Eckart Tolle
  • Journaling - writing - drawing
  • Find your gurus. Going outside of yourself
  • Have experiences that nurture flexibility - sailing - outward bounds - golf
  • Step into the moment - work with reality

Manage the amygdala

  • Going outside first thing in the morning and walking
  • Access the calm inner voice
  • Make small good decisions
  • Step away and calm down
  • Slow down

Technology Suggestions

  • Computer, phones, video chats, Internet, Youtube
  • Groups - Reddit - Quora - Facebook…
  • Meetups
  • Coworking spaces
  • Pen and paper
  • Mind maps and outline
  • Drawings, diagrams, tables, flow charts
  • Debates


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