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If you're really struggling to pay attention and personal challenges aren't working, try field notes: writing descriptions and drawing pictures of what you see.
If you're at work, dedicate 10 minutes to observing one person's behavior. Jot it down on paper.
This will help you to start paying attention to the tiny details.
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Give yourself monthly or daily challenges to form a new habit of observation.
Ideas could include trying new foods weekly and writing about them, noticing the color of a co-worker's shirt every day, or even just looking at a new piece of art closely once a day.
It's rarely worth it to condense your knowledge into a specialty.
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Learn how to notice small details.
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“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last.”
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It is important to both see and to observe. As Holmes tells Dr Watson: “You see, but you do not observe.”
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