Going faster vs doing it right

The balance between going faster and doing it right depends on what you're trying to achieve.

  • Faster feedback means more information to find out your key challenges and possible solutions.
  • Slower helps you focus on a strategy you've chosen, allowing you to execute it correctly.

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Consider at what speed you should try to do things in order to improve performance.
We can often learn something quickly, but without attaining a master level (like getting good at estimating answers to math problems. While you might get within close proximity, you'll seldom get to the exact answer.)
Learning to do something with precision will require a different technique and can take much longer to master.

There are two problems you can encounter when you're trying to learn something.

  1. You have a clear understanding of what you'd like to do and how you're going to do it, but you're unable to implement the approach you've chosen. Slow things down so you can pay more attention to every aspect of the problem.
  2. Speed learning is effective when you're not sure what the ideal should be and need more information to work it out. A good example of speed leading to move closer to quality is in entrepreneurial fields. Many fail because they picked the wrong problem to solve and wasted too much time trying to solve it.

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Constraints to Reading

Daniel Willingham, a cognitive scientist, deconstructed the process of reading and the constraints we face when doing so such as:

  1. Not knowing much about the topic (therefore not fully comprehending what the individual is reading);
  2. Not knowing the words (therefore being unable to construct ideas due to illiteracy);
  3. And not knowing how to pronounce the words or how to sound them out, however, phonetic knowledge is much less of an issue with advanced readers.

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Practice loops are useful as a concept to think about learning any skill. A practice loop is an activity or group of activities you repeat over and over again while learning something.

  • In physics: a practice loop is every problem you solve.
  • In business: it is each product or feature you launch.
  • In languages: conversations, flaschards, grammar exercises are all loops.
Benefits of writing faster
  • You don’t have to actively concentrate on the act of writing itself, but on thinking about what to write.
  • You can write your thoughts down immediately as you are forming them, without suffering from a delay which hinders your thought process.
  • Improved performance in various academic tasks (for example, note-taking during lectures and in-class essays).

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