What’s Your Mental Algorithm?

We are obsessed with the social media algorithm, but do we even give one thought about our life algorithm and how we are programming it?

We all know that there are different algorithms. For example, the social media algorithm sorts a user’s feed based on relevancy and interest rather than of a specific time. The algorithm determined which content will show on ones screen based on ones behavior (searches, interest, notes, and so on). Let me explain in detail how an algorithm can work.

So an algorithm is a set of necessary steps to complete a computation; everything is built on that, the sorting and exposure of what we ultimately see. Algorithms are not a new concept; in fact, they have always existed, and math science is the underlying factor. Algorithms are needed for us to complete tasks more efficiently. Mathematicians and researchers are constantly improving algorithms because the ultimate goal is that the desired information we’re looking for comes up when we are looking at our screens. Try to think of the computer algorithms as a computer brain that is trying to read our minds. Now, what does this have to do with sport psychology?

Well, my dear readers. We are the ones who create those algorithms, and the algorithms we present to ourselves in our daily life are the ones who will pop up on our screen and out on the street as well. Right, not literally pop up, but you get what I am saying. Let me give you an example, let’s say that we want to find a mental toughness book; we start by doing research every day on our phones for different mental toughness books. Later on, our phones will memorize this and present “suggestions” with what we are looking for because our electronic devices are smart enough to help us/show us what we “want to see” on our screens.

After our devices have presented a variety of choices, we have to pick one. So, when speaking in scientific language, the “array” stands for “all options,” and it facilitates our book selection by sorting out the cheapest and “most appropriate” book for us. However, one thing computers can’t do is read our minds and all of the books. So the data is not based on research content, rather than on words that we have written down in the search bars on google, places we have visited, photos we have liked, videos we have seen, podcasts we have listened to, and tweets that we have shared. I think you get the gist.

The same goes in life, and you can call it whatever you want, manifestation, visualization, a type of human algorithm, you decide. My point is, the same way that the computer manages to find what you “are looking for,” you to do for yourself in life. Collect everything that you need to get to your desired goal, make a list, and start by categorizing your tasks. After you have classified all of the tasks, determine how much time you need to complete them.

Do you wish to always start the day by completing the easy tasks first so you can get your confidence up, or do you like to start with the most time and energy-consuming tasks and tackle the easier ones later on during the day? There are different algorithms, but the best part is that you can choose to make an algorithm that you like based entirely on your experience, goals, and desires.

How to create your own algorithm:

  1. Write down all of your tasks and determine how much time they will take to complete
  2. Decide how and what you want to start with first, easiest/most time consuming/less time consuming/research consuming?
  3. What is the rule you want to follow, complete as much as possible within the timeline/complete everything before the day is over?

Until next week, think about how you sort out information daily and what you let your brain focus on, create your desired algorithm 😉

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