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There are two kinds of thinking, focused and diffused.
Focused thinking involves working on a singular task.
Diffused thinking happens when you’r...
Procrastination usually happens when you reach a difficult point and find it uncomfortable to keep going.
The Pomodoro technique is effective in combatting this. This is where you work...
Sleep is perhaps the best way to engage unconscious diffused thinking.
Being in focused mode is to brain cells what lifting weights is to muscles. You’re breaking them down.
Spaced repetition involves practising something in small timeframes and as you get better at it, increasing the amount of time between each timeframe.
Ask: What are the important concepts to learn? Then, where should yo...
Spend time and effort trying to create chunks. Instead of learning every intricate detail, seek out what the major concepts are. Figure out how to apply them by testing yourself. Work through examp...
Have an open mind a...
Bring the information you’ve just learned back to your mind without looking back at it.
Rereading the same thing over and over again can give you an illusion of understanding it. Bu...
Focus on the process.
Thinking about the outcome of your learning is the quickest way to get discouraged about it. Because there is no end. Learning is a lifelong journey.
Create a to do list the night before, including the time of day you’ll call it quits.
Putting things down means they’re out of your head and you can devote all of your brainpower to fo...
Learning doesn’t happen in a straight line. Learning looks more like a broken staircase than a straight line.
Learning tough skills doesn’t happen over the course of days or weeks...
The first year you learn something new you might not be very good. The second year you might be worse because you realise how much you don’t know.
There’s no need to envy those who seem to kn...
... as it can be applied to any other skill. So if you want to improve your ability to do anything, learning how to learn is something you should dedicate time to.
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This is a system that is automated by you. It is called a habit ladder because, from the time you wake up to finishing your first work task of the day, you're climbing up one rung at a t...
A habit - a mini-system that once you create, becomes automatic to your body, with minimal interference from the brain.
The Habit Loop is a breakdown of a habit put it into three sections:
Keep a trigger cue ready and stack up the routine in such a way that your tasks become a habitual routine without any friction, each trigger cue and routine stacked over the next one.
Example: Put on running shoes instead of slippers in the morning and that's your cue to go out for a walk, then when you are back and feeling sweaty, that's your cue to take a bath.
Every task has a certain Activation Energy (AE), where you initiate certain steps in order to start a task.
Reducing the Activation Energy of new habits you want to form will make it i...
A memory chunk is a solid connection in your mind that relates various bits and pieces of information.
Focus on the concept you want to form a chunk of. Write down the basic ideas of what the concept is all about. Build up from these fundamentals to finally create a chunk.
While reviewing material, recall it instead of just reading it passively. Try and recall in a different setting than where you studied it.
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When planning on building new habits, one easy way to integrate them into your everyday routine is by actually adding them to an already existing habit.
Therefore, choose one habit y...
Once you have made up your mind about taking on a new habit, you might as well start getting used to it. Just remember that we have, as humans, the tendency to work better without pressure and when taking one step at a time.
Therefore, start by creating small habits and get used to them and you will see how easy it is to build long-lasting routines that will make your life easier.
When having taken the decision to introduce in your routine a new habit, it is very important to remember that practice makes perfect. Consequently, wait no more and start doing even if just a bit every day. You will eventually succeed in adding a new habit while feeling proud of yourself for being consistent.
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