Self-Awareness, Blenders, Mario Bros and Casinos

Defining Self-Awareness

Levels of self-awareness

Level 1: Why does my time run away for me?

*Cue Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’*
  1. What do I do that’s compulsive?
  2. What scenarios am I in that those compulsions are strongest? (Picking up your phone when you’re at a red light, for example)
  3. When I strip yourself of input, what do I want to do?

Level 2: And how does that make you feel?

A real-life picture of me in third grade

Level 3: Putting this to good use

3 action items from level 3:

  1. “Learn your bullshit patterns”
  • I know that when I’m upset, I get super snappy and cold, especially when people ask if I’m okay. I also know that in groups of 4–7 people, I often get anxious and quiet and really weird. My friend knows that after 8 pm he shuts down socially and will often seem rude.
  • These are “bullshit patterns”, as Mark calls them. Identify when you’re emotions repetitively take charge and have a negative impact.
  • Once you realize that most of your decisions are rooted in emotion rather than logic, you can come to the conclusion that you’ve spent your life gathering non-logical opinions. Be less sure. Hear other people out.
  • It’s important to realize that self-reflection ≠ self-judgement. I often struggle to differentiate between making productive reflections and just being mean to myself. It’s super important to realize that consciously judging yourself does not automatically increases self-awareness.

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Self-Aware creatures of habit

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TL;DR

  • To gain control of your time, you have to gain awareness of your distractions. Figure out what your compulsions are and the situations in which you get easily distracted
  • Spend time reflecting on how you feel and why you feel that way. Easy? no. Important? yes.
  • Use this ⬆️ understanding of your emotions to make more logical decisions
  • Distractions = useless valuable input. Optimize your return on input (i.e. time)
  • Attention is a limited resource. Build habits instead of relying on will power.
  • Don’t put your finger in a blender

Anyway…

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Hey, I’m Cassia! I’m a 19 y/o starting a climate action company. In high school, I worked on climate tech projects like nanotech solar panels and lab-grown meat

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Cassia Attard

Cassia Attard

Hey, I’m Cassia! I’m a 19 y/o starting a climate action company. In high school, I worked on climate tech projects like nanotech solar panels and lab-grown meat

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