Our mission at Eno is to provide the data, insights, and guidance you need to improve your mental fitness. That begins with tracking and understanding your 3 mental fitness scores, which provide a wholistic view of your day.
In this article, we’ll walk you through how to make sense of your mental fitness scores, so you can learn more about how your daily habits impact your productivity and health.
Mental Effort – discover when you work best
Mental effort is the first component of mental fitness, giving insight into your productivity.
The mental effort score tracks the cognitive demands of your tasks, to measure how hard your mind is working. Your mental effort score can help you identify when your mind is operating at peak performance throughout the day, and narrow down which tasks are the most cognitively demanding.
How you allocate your attention and effort throughout the day has a massive impact on your productivity. By tracking your brain’s cognitive workload during your focus sessions, the mental effort score gives insight into how your cognitive resources are being spent.
A high mental effort score indicates that your mind is working hard to process significant amounts of information. A more demanding task will require higher mental effort, and is best completed during long, uninterrupted focus sessions.
A low mental effort score indicates that your cognitive resources are not being pushed to their limits. The more mundane and boring the task, the lower your mental effort will be. Low mental effort activities are more prone to distraction, and are best completed in short bursts to avoid fatigue.
Your mental effort will also be impacted by changes in your physiology and state of mind during the day. Your mental effort will be higher when you are alert, motivated, and engaged, which is ideal for more focused work. Conversely, your mental effort will be lower when you’re fatigued, bored, or frustrated, at which time you should complete your easier tasks, or even take a break.
As a result, your mental effort score can help you identify how the cognitive demands of your work change throughout the day. You can use this information to proactively schedule your most important tasks during your best high-effort hours, or to schedule emails during your low-effort periods. Try to recognize which tasks, which days of the week, and which times of day lead to high and low effort scores, to learn how your mind reacts to different work habits!
Readiness – learn to take better breaks
Readiness is the second component of mental fitness, giving insight into your wellness.
The readiness score tracks your mental fatigue, to visualize how your cognitive resources drop during long work sessions. The readiness score will help you identify when you should keep working, and when it’s time for a break.
Just like how physical exercise leads to muscular fatigue, sustaining high mental effort leads to cognitive fatigue. When you become fatigued, the mental effort required for the same work increases, leading to decreased focus, lower creativity, and less productive work. Sustaining high levels of fatigue over long periods can also contribute to stress and burnout.
The readiness score tracks how your cognitive fatigue accumulates during a session. Each session begins with 100% readiness score, which decreases over time as your mind shows signs of cognitive fatigue. Finishing a session with a high readiness score indicates that the session was not cognitively taxing, and that you can confidently begin your next task immediately with little impact on your effectiveness.
To contrast, finishing a session with a low readiness score indicates that your mind showed signs of cognitive fatigue throughout. This may indicate that your cognitive resources are depleted due to tiredness, stress, or mental exhaustion. Following a low readiness session, you should consider taking a break, moving your body, or grabbing a snack prior to starting your next task.
As a result, your readiness score can help you learn to schedule your time and take better breaks. Which tasks impact your readiness the most? How long does it typically take for your readiness to drop below 50%? How do meditating, napping, or other self-care activities impact your readiness? Experiment with different routines, and learn how your actions impact your readiness score.
Efficiency – avoid your biggest distractions
Efficiency is the third component of mental fitness, giving insight into your behavior.
The efficiency score tracks how focused you are, based on how you navigate between your computer apps. Your efficiency score helps identify distractions, and highlight behaviors that may be impacting your focus.
Deep, focused work sessions have been shown to be the most productive and creative way to complete complex tasks. In today’s technological environment, however, distractions are always at our fingertips – switching from your main task to an email client, messenger, calendar, or social media app has never been easier. As a result, the efficiency score provide insight into how your behavior impacts your mental fitness.
Unlike mental effort and readiness, the efficiency score is calculated exclusively from your app usage data. By observing how often you switch between apps, and which apps you use the most, the efficiency score estimates how focused or distracted you are during your session. A high efficiency score indicates that your attention was dedicated towards a single app, and that distractions were rare.
To contrast, a low efficiency session indicates that your attention was frequently split between multiple apps, many of which were not the core focus of your session. A low efficiency score implies that you were frequently distracted during the session, and therefore were less efficient in executing your priorities.
The efficiency score provides insight into how your time is being allocated and diverted. Over time patterns may emerge, giving insight into how the time of day, the task completed, and even your environment contributes to your level of distraction. This information will help you identify habits and behaviors that contribute to increased distraction, and take action towards mitigating these habits.
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By measuring, tracking, and comparing your 3 mental fitness scores, you can gain incredible insight into how your work and behaviors impact your mind. Your mental effort, readiness, and efficiency provide an incredible window into how your work impacts your productivity, wellness, and behavior.
By tracking your mental fitness scores over time, you will learn to recognize how your environment, habits, and decisions impact each component of your mental fitness. By experimenting with your work habits and routines, you can learn how to optimize each of the scores, and discover routines that work for you!