still in my first week since character creation, i've reversed my goals... at first, i couldn't wait to become level 3, confusing level with tier. i advanced quickly, nearly reaching 3 before i learned the error of my ways.
now, i train a stat in gym, then do only enough career tasks so that my focus time matches the time of my currently worked stat for full replenishment. no side jobs, no discreet work that depletes stats/focus through multiple fails.
for the moment, it appears to be working. levelling slower and building a tank. str is at 12 and going down the list one by one, .034 at a time per gym session. oh, i know, numbers are better elsewhere but i am still in my first (half) week and i'm not too worried about it lol.