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Learning: Common Sources Of Distraction

  • Your environment: be aware of what environment you work best in, and test it. Multitasking may feel like fun, but it’s unsuitable for ultralearning.
  • The task you’re trying to learn: certain activities, due to their nature, are harder to focus on than others.
  • Your mind: negative emotions, restlessness, and daydreaming can be some of the biggest obstacles to focus.

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At some level there’s a craving that drives us to do something else, there’s an aversion to doing the task itself or both.

Much procrastination is unconscious. We’re procrastinating, but we don’t internalize it that way.

  1. Meta-learning: Start by learning how to learn the subject or skill you want to tackle.
  2. Focus: Carve out time in your day, and hack back distractions.
  3. Directness: Practice the thing you want to learn. Learn by doing.

It is a strategy for acquiring skills and knowledge. Ultralearning is a potent skill for dealing with a changing world. It has three main characteristics:

  • It is a strategy. A strategy is not the only solution to a given problem, but it may be a good one.

  • Economics: Average is over. But even if the economic landscape is rapidly changing may, we can engineer our response to it by aggressively learning the hard skills we need to thrive.
  • Education: Ultralearning can fill some of those gaps when going b...

  • Outcome feedback: this tells you something about how well you’re doing overall but offers no ideas as to what you’re doing better or worse.
  • Informational feedback: this feedback tells you what you’re doing wrong, but it doesn’t necessarily tell you...

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