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How to use Enophone

June 17, 2022 | Jacob (eno)

Enophone is the world’s first mental fitness tracker – a product that does for your mental fitness what Fitbit and Apple Watch do for physical fitness. 

Whether you just received your Enophone, or you’re considering getting one, this article will help explain how to use Enophone to start tracking and improving your mental fitness. 

What is mental fitness? 

We define mental fitness as the ability to use your thoughts, feelings, and actions to achieve your desired goals. Your mental health, productivity, wellbeing, and behavior are all components of mental fitness, much in the same way that strength, flexibility, and cardio are components of physical fitness. 

Whenever you wear your Enophone, four brain sensors track the electrical activity that your brain naturally produces and calculates 3 mental fitness scores to track over time: mental effort, readiness, and efficiency. These scores provide insight into how your mental fitness changes each day. 

The purpose of Enophone is to provide the data, insights, and guidance you need to improve your mental fitness. Let’s take a look at what that looks like in practice. 

1. Wear your Enophone to start a focus session

Whenever you wear your Enophone, your brain activity and app usage data will be automatically tracked by the Eno app. This data is stored in discrete blocks that we call focus sessions. 

A focus session is a period of time during which you wear your Enophones to do focused work. Focus sessions are automatically started and ended when you wear or remove your Enophone. Throughout each session, the Eno app will calculate your 3 mental fitness scores, so that after the session you can visualize how your mental effort, readiness, and efficiency were impacted by your work. 

Think of focus sessions like a small workout for your brain: each time you decide to wear your Enophone and focus on your work, your mental fitness data will be tracked and calculated. Over time, doing a few sessions each day will give you incredible insights into how your productivity and mental health change on a daily basis. 

2. Review your session’s mental fitness scores 

After each focus session, you can review the session’s data to understand how your mental fitness scores changed throughout the session. This will give you insights into how productive your session was. 

First, your mental effort score measures the cognitive demands of your tasks. Your mental effort score provides you with insights into your productivity, helping to identify when your mind is performing at its peak. Take note of when your mental effort score is at its highest during your focus session, and what impact your app switching has on the score. 

Second, your readiness score tracks how your mind accumulates mental fatigue. Your readiness score gives you insights into your mental health, and helps identify when you should keep working, and when to stop and take a break. Take note of any sharp drops in your readiness score, and whether your final score is above or below 50%. 

Third, your efficiency score tracks how focused you are throughout the session. Your efficiency score helps identify distractions, and highlight behaviours that may be impacting your focus level. Take note of how often you switch between apps, and which apps result in the lowest efficiency score. 

As you complete more sessions, you will notice how each of these scores are impacted by the tasks you complete, the apps you use, and even by changes in your environment. The 3 mental fitness scores will provide you with feedback to help you understand how your work impacts your mental fitness, and ultimately, what you can do about it. 

3. Track your sessions during the week 

Throughout the week, as you wear your Enophone and record sessions, you will see trends emerge about when your sessions occur, how long they last, and how this impacts your mental fitness scores. 

Each session represents a period of time where you decided to deliberately wear your Enophone and focus on your work. This type of deliberate, focused work – also known as deep work – is your most productive and creative time spent. By understanding when you are doing deep work, you can gain insights into how your weekly schedule impacts your productivity. 

Do you notice that certain days of the week you do more sessions than others? Do you notice that you do more sessions in the morning or the evening? Do you notice that longer or shorter sessions result in different mental fitness scores? What do these trends mean about how you are choosing to allocate your time during the day? 

By tracking your sessions during the week, you will start to become more aware of how you spend your time, and the impact this has on your productivity. 

4. Review your monthly stats 

Once you’ve completed 5 days of sessions, you’ll unlock the Eno stats page, which provides you with monthly trends and insights from your data. This will allow you to better understand how your mental fitness changes over time. 

The Trends tab provides an overview of each day’s mental fitness score over the last 30 days. Monthly charts make it easy to compare several days or weeks of data at a time. This means you can glance at your results, and identify patterns of high or low mental effort, readiness, efficiency, and session minutes. 

The Insights tab provides detailed overviews of specific metrics, averaged over all your sessions in the past 30 days. Here you can discover clear, actionable insights which you can use to change your work habits, like what time of day your mental effort is highest, how long your sessions should last before your readiness drops, and which apps are causing distractions that lower your efficiency score. 

Reviewing your monthly stats will allow you to see how you’re progressing, and gain deeper insight into your mental fitness, which you can then use to experiment with your work habits. 

5. Experiment with your work habits 

Once you’ve established a baseline for your mental fitness scores, it’s time to start experimenting with different habits, behaviours, and tools to try and improve them. Eno provides several tools that can help you get started. 

First, Eno provides focus music designed by neuroscientists to create a sense of flow. Eno’s focus music adapts to changes in your brain, delivering an environment that guides you towards a state of deep concentration. This is based on clinically validated technology shown to improve sustained attention by an average of 75%. 

Second, Eno is building a community on Discord, where you can connect with other Eno members on their own mental fitness journeys. In this community we’ll be currating articles about mental fitness, sharing tips to help you get the most out of your Enophones, and helping connect you with resources to learn more about mental fitness. This Discord community will be launching later this month. 

Finally, Eno is creating short, actionable audio podcasts to help you learn about the science of mental fitness. Each program will focus on a specific topic – how to create a work from home environment, how to optimize your caffeine intake, how to eliminate distractions, and much more. These will be integrated right into the Eno app, so you can listen to them between your focus sessions. This feature will be launching later in 2022. 

Of course, this is just the beginning – Eno is a platform that can help you track your progress as you experiment with the countless daily routines, self-care techniques, and productivity tools that continue to evolve every day. As you continue your mental fitness journey, Eno will provide the data to help you track and understand the progress you’re making. 

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Of course, we have plenty more features planned for Enophone, which we release every few months. We’re constantly designing new ways to help our users take advantage of Enophone’s incredible data to better understand and improve their mental fitness. 

If you want to join our journey, visit Enophone.com to get your own Enophone and start tracking your mental fitness today!