TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY. I found out that writing a journal is one of the best way to stay focused and use my time and energy effectively.
>> Once a week I write a brief weekly list of key tasks (up to 20 items).
>> I create daily to-do list from the items on the weekly to-do list (5-10 items).
>> Try to write a daily task list in the evening before (research has shown this helps your subconscious to grapple with the tasks on the list so you figure out how to accomplish them).
>> Set goals finish time.
>> I tell myself: "I've finished for today" and have a relax time or do something fun.
Tip: try to improvise to develop a system that works for you. For example, I've noticed that sometimes I overestimate how many tasks I can do in a day, so started drawing cubics (1 cubic - 1 hour) to see how much time each task will need and understand how many I can manage in a day.
How breathing techniques can help you learn faster.
The key is to apply these two principles:
>> first you need to focus. Bring yourself to heightened state of alertness. Do super oxygenated breathing (like Wim Hof or kundalini breathings).
>> then you want to drop yourself to a state of calm. Do that with ‘inhale -> inhale -> exhale’ breathing couple of rounds. Then your brain is in a state of hightent learning because of higher levels of neuro chemicals like sydocolin.
I haven't tested yet, but very keen to try and see if it really works.
P.S. a great video about growth mindset & neuro plasticity explained in a very simple way.
Worth your time!
PRETEND. Einstein's theories of relativity arose not from his mathematical skills (he constantly needed to collaborate with mathematicians to make progress) but from his ability to pretend. He imagined himself as a photon moving at the speed of light, then imagined how the second photon might perceive it. What would that second photon see and feel?
Barbara McClintock, who won a Nobel Prize for her discovery of genetic transposition ("jumping genes" that can change their place on the DNA stand), imagined gigantic versions of the molecular elements she was dealing with. She personalized even made friends with the elements she was studying.
It may seem silly to stage a play in your mind's eye and imagine the elements and mechanisms you are studying or working on as living creatures with their own feelings and thoughts. But it's a method that works and helps you see and understand phenomena that you couldn't intuit.
Discover and use your power of imagination and mimication in the work you do.
From Barbara Oakley book "A mind for numbers" - The book for learning how to learn.
IMPROVE READING. You can create little neural hooks to hang your thinking on, making reading an article, book, etc. easier to grasp:
>> Take a "picture walk" through the article.
>> Glance not only at the graphics, photos, but also headings, summary and even highlights/questions at the the end if the article has them.
>> Read the article.
You'll be surprised at how spending a minute or two glancing ahead before you read in depth will help you organise your thoughts.
TIP: if you want it really stick!
After you've finished the article - summarise it (write it down or tell it yourself). And if you be able to explain it to a 5-year-old (means as simply as possible), then you’ve really learned and understood it.