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Create a To-Do List

  • Sync your to-do list with your mobile phone.
  • Write down the three most important tasks.
  • Keep to an easy and workable task list.
  • Do one thing at a time.

  • Do it now.

Simplify

Organizing unnecessary items is wasting energy. 

  • Have less stuff.
  • Eliminate outdated articles to read “someday." 
  • Find an appropriate place for everything and make sure it is easily accessible. 
  • Choose one tool and stick with it.
  • Pack tools immediately after use.

Embrace Change

It eliminates methods and ideas that no longer work and promotes the more important things. 

Sort At The Source

Sort through the post and other reading material upon arrival. Only the necessary should enter the house. 

Paper Calendar

The easiest way to organize your day is a good paper calendar.

Divide it into four sections.

  • The top left section is your running to do list for the day. 
  • The top right section is the running grocery list.
  • The bottom left is for notes such as calls made, who you spoke to and appointment dates. 
  • The bottom right is whatever you need to move to another day. 

Find a System

Tools should work for you, not the other way around. 

Must Outlook really check your email every 5 minutes? You might get more done if you check your mail when you choose.

Find a system that suits you, and make it work for you. 

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Weaknesses Holding You Back

Take a minute to think about what you always wanted to do, or what you’re doing now.  Ask yourself:

  • What are your fears?
  • What do you see as your weaknesses?
  • What are your limitations?
  • What’s holding you back?
Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

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Visual Learning

... is learning by seeing the information through images, graphs, and other visual materials.

Study Tips for Visual Learners
  • Color Code. Assign color to common themes in your lectures, when highlighting information.
  • Organize your notes by compiling handouts, putting tabs, writing neatly, using outlines, to make your notes appealing.
  • Study the Graphics. Use charts and graphics in your textbook to easily remember information.
  • Draw pictures or figures to accompany the information you're trying to learn.
  • Watch documentaries or videos to get a bigger picture and expand your knowledge on the topic you want to learn.
  • Draw concept maps to easily categorize a certain subject. Illustrate pictures relating to each subtopic.
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Lifestyle Changes That Can Improve Memory
  • Get a good night's sleep or take a power nap after learning something new, to help retain and retrieve memories better. Sleep deprivation and acquisition of too much information will not help you save those memories.
  • Get moving, to improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood in your brain and to trigger neuron growth and new connections in the brain - critical for memory.
  • Improve your diet. Fats from food can build up the brain, resulting to poor blood flow.
Mnemonics

Any system or device designed to aid memory:

  • patterns of letters or words (common mnemonics)
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  • associations (chunking)

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