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Thinking in Multi-Dimensions

In F1, winning needs more than a fast car and a talented driver. The track, the corners of the track, the weather, and how fast the team was at the pit stop are variables that can impact the course of a race.

Multi-dimensional thinking is the practice of using multiple variables, factors, or considerations in our thinking to define problems and find solutions.

Here are some variables to consider when you want to achieve goals or do more with less.

    1. Time

    "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." - Parkinson's law

    Setting time constraints can help achieve a goal faster. But time is not an independent variable. The time you spend on a task may depend on your energy level, environment, and whether you are trying to impress your lady or your man.

    Understanding how other variables or factors can impact your time use can help you do more with less and have more time to enjoy life.

    2. Energy

    Energy is fundamental for high performance. Building and maintaining positive energy rituals can improve performance.

    For example, limiting beliefs about ourselves can drain our energy and thus negatively impact our performance.

    Smile before attacking your next task, and you will be amazed.

    3. Environment

    "If we do not create and control our environment, our environment creates and controls us." — Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

    Being in a toxic relationship is considered a bad environment. It can drain your energy and thus impact your performance.

    We can design our environment to make it easy to achieve our goals.

    4. Flow

    The father of flow, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, describes flow as a state of complete immersion in an activity.

    Being in the flow can make us 500% productive, according to a 10-year McKinsey and Co. study.

    Things seem to happen almost effortlessly, and time seems to disappear while in this state.

    5. Priorities

    We sometimes spend a lot of time and energy on things that are not aligned with our priorities and congruent with our values. A simple check against the Priority axis can help us decide whether we should continue pursuing those things.

    6. Cost

    You cannot put a price tag on some activities like spending time with family, a good conversation with a friend, or volunteering.

    However, most activities have a cost.

    7. Impact

    Will whatever we do have an impact, even if it is costly, time-consuming, and energy-draining?

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