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You wake up to 10, 20 or 200 WhatsApp messages, emails and other notifications all competing for your attention before you even get a chance to brush your teeth. You walk into the kitchen and your wife, kids or roommates release a machine gun of information before you reach your favorite source of morning hydration. By the time you get into the office your mind is racing, useless and useful information mixed into a hurricane of thoughts jumbled together. Your brain is now trapped in reaction mode.

When your brain falls into reaction mode (RM) your day becomes everything but yours. RM kills 1000s of brilliant ideas each year. When your mental clarity is polluted by RM, your chances of success plummet. I used to get trapped in RM WAY TOO OFTEN. With the help of several amazing mentors & a trained professional I learned how to protect my brain from RM.

I call RM’s opposite SPEM, which stands for strategic planning & execution mode. When you end a work day feeling a total sense of peace and accomplishment, this is typically because you just spent the day in SPEM.

SPEM is where the magic happens, others refer to this as: flow state, total zen, being in the zone, and in the world of ADHD we refer to this as hyper-focus. My goal was to learn how to live in SPEM, all work day, every work day. So here we are, I hope this helps ? Adi Soozin

Habits that keep my mind in SPEM

Set a morning routine (maybe try SAVERS?)

The number one way that I shift my brain from RM to SPEM is by going through my own version of this morning routine. Check out this 6 step infographic & modify it to fit your schedule. I switched it around so mine looks like this:

  1. I take (this) Resveratrol with yogurt
  2. Feed my dog
  3. Drink a mixture of (this) Magnesium Glycinate, Vitamin B & Vitamin D3 with K2
  4. Get dressed
  5. Walk my dog while listening to a guided meditation by Chopra
  6. When I get into the office I drink my coffee with either alpha GPC or L-theanine and flip through an app that displays motivational quotes.
  7. If I’m stressed over a huge obstacle I use this simple three step process to break it down into smaller steps that I can then find solutions to.

Collaborate & brain dump in Trello

Your brain is not a hard drive. Cut back the mental chatter by using something like Trello to keep track of your various projects & processes. Here’s an example of how I set up my personal Trello.

Read & learn with Trello

You read a book, or attend a course & an hour after it ends you have already forgotten exactly how and what you wanted to implement in your own business. This is what I have my “Idea backlog” column for. As I read / learn I drop key takeaways into this column immediately.

A Goals Journal

I have a hard cover book that I keep in the second drawer in my office. In it, I write out all of my goals and I strike through them with a single line once each goal is achieved. Skimming over all of the past goals crossed off, is a nice way to remind myself of how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time.

I review the list of goals a few times per week to remind myself to stay focused on investing my time in thoughts, endeavors and activities that will allow me to reach these goals.

Supplements that keep my mind in SPEM

Please consult your doctor before trying anything new. This combination works for me as someone with ADHD, to discover combinations of nootropics used by others checkout this reddit.

  1. Resveratrol with yogurt
  2. Magnesium Glycinate,
  3. Vitamin B
  4. Vitamin D3 with K2
  5. alpha GPC or L-theanine (some people take both, they do not work in combination for me)
  6. This obstacle crushing three step process
  7. HumanN BeetElite Superfood Concentrated Beet Powder Nitric Oxide Boosting Athletic Endurance Supplement

Processes that keep my mind in SPEM

  1. Start Your Day Off Right with the SAVERS Morning Routine
  2. Take a break to do a guided meditation
  3. Take a 10-15 minute walk outside of the office
  4. Flip through a deck of affirmation cards like this one
  5. Spend one day a week participating in a water sport

Decks that keep my mind in SPEM

  1. Power Thought Cards: A 64 Card Deck
  2. Light Seer’s: A 78-Card Deck & Guidebook
  3. 101 Mindful Practices to Manage Distress, Regulate Emotions & Build Better Relationships
  4. 108 Practices to Calm the Mind, Soothe the Nervous System, and Live Your Life to the Fullest

17 Motivational books

  1. Brainfluence by Roger Dooley
  2. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
  3. The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies by Chet Holmes
  4. Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
  5. Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
  6. Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power by Dan Hurley
  7. Awaken the giant within by Tony Robbins
  8. You are a badass by Jen Sincero
  9. You are a badass at making money by Jen Sincero
  10. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
  11. 21 Secrets of Million-Dollar Sellers: America’s Top Earners Reveal the Keys to Sales Success by Stephen J Harvill
  12. Start From Zero by Dane Maxwell
  13. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  14. The Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  15. Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
  16. Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
  17. 100 Days of Growth by Sujan Patel & Ryan Wormley

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