When learning, there are times in which you are focused and times in which you allow your mind to wander. Both modes are valuable to allow your brain to learn something.
Take regular breaks, meditate, think about other things, and give yourself plenty of time in both modes.
The goal is to learn each concept in a way that they each become like a well-known puzzle piece.
In order to master a concept, you not only need to know it but also to know how it fits into the bigger picture.
Instead of highlighting or underlining, rather take brief notes that summarize keys concepts.
It goes a long way to taking something from short-term memory to long-term learning.
Recall is a simple example of this mini-testing.
Do not spend too much time in one sitting going over the same material over and over again. The law of diminishing returns certainly applies. Spread it out over many sessions and over many different modes of learning.
Know when to apply a particular concept is as important as knowing how.
When facing procrastination, think of the process over the product.
Instead of thinking that you have to get X done, rather think to spend an hour on X. It is then not overwhelming, and doesn't require a long breakdown of tasks.
They are often talked about as helpful study techniques.
Try to make a deliberate effort to teach what you learn to someone else and, in doing so, you will likely be forced to explain concepts with relatable metaphors and analogies.
... have proven to be most beneficial to maintain continued progress and hold each other accountable. Finding the right group is key.
Brain dumping is an exercise where we comprehensively express and record our thoughts, ideas, or commitments from our heads onto a paper or a calendar.
Boredom is that feeling of dissatisfaction with the world around you and disinterest in your current activity. While you want to be engaged with the world, you don't want to do any of the activities in front of you.
Boredom is our brain telling us it's time to switch activity. That feeling of restlessness is motivating us to find new pursuits that will bring more satisfaction.
On the surface, boredom can appear to be a trivial problem. But it may lead to some more severe problems.
Boredom is associated with risk-taking behaviours such as drug and alcohol use as well as self-harm.
Rather than being frustrated with boredom or using it as an excuse, find out why you feel discontent.
Smartphones have changed the way we fill our time while waiting. Every moment of potential boredom can now be directed to modes of entertainment or other distractions.
Consequently, day-dreaming, thinking, speculating, observing, and people-watching are diminishing.
Non-places refer to spaces formed with certain ends (transport, commerce, leisure).
We often stand, lean or sit in these transitory public spaces hunched over our smartphones, but we don't experience them as places. Instead of noticing the rich detail these zones often display, they become spatial and visual white noise.
A bored mind is more likely to seek out activities that engage the brain.
Instead of using electronic devices to distract ourselves, we could see boredom as an invitation to look up and around, to people-watch, daydream, or to take the time to observe the world around us.
Our phones' utilitarian function has is compromised by the presence of numerous magnetic recreational functions.
We don’t play with our keys or debit cards, tape measures, calculators or dictionaries, but we do play with our smartphones because they are now 90% toy.
‘How are you?’is maybe the world’s most common greeting question and we all ask it as a way to see how happy or unhappy the other person is.
The nature of human happiness has gained traction in the last few decades with psychologists, economists and neuroscientists now interested in studying emotions, specifically happiness. Even many countries are now looking at measuring the ‘happiness index’ of their population.
Measuring happiness, which is a highly subjective emotion, is akin to getting your eye tested through the various lenses for your correct eye prescription number.
Measuring something as subjective as happiness can still provide usable results through the process of asking a critical mass of people so that any subjective inaccuracies cancel themselves out.
Simple behaviours like meditating, sleeping well, helping others, practicing minimalism, journaling and being grateful for what you have, can increase our happiness significantly.
Picking the right activities will prevent the clutter that comes from abandoned hobbies.
Explore interests that provide a sense of flow - a highly focused mental state. Seek a combination of solitary and social hobbies that will develop a range of cognitive, creative, and physical skills.
Your goal could be to master a piece of music on guitar or make a chocolate soufflé.
We are more likely to stick with a hobby when the results are satisfying.
Chores and errands become more bearable when we have scheduled leisure time into the day.
A specific time for a yoga class or art journaling can brighten an entire day.
If shopping for an outfit excites you more than the activity, it is probably not the right hobby for you.
Explore new interests with borrowed, rented, or secondhand supplies. It seldom makes sense to invest in new gear before you have made a long-term commitment to your hobby.
Recreation should not cause unnecessary stress.
Setting boundaries for your time, materials, and budget will increase creativity and focus.
Share durable supplies that you only use occasionally, such as woodworking tools.
Admit when you've outgrown a hobby. Donate or sell excess gear that may otherwise create clutter.
Carpe diem (seize the day) is one of the oldest philosophical mottos in western history.
First voiced by Horace (the Roman poet) more than 2,000 years ago, it retains an extraordinary resonance in popular culture.
Carpe diem means different things to different people.
For some of us it may relate to taking a once in a lifetime opportunity, while for others it is about indulging in wild hedonism or living calmly in the present moment.