Learning and memory

I feel that to learn something, writing it down is the best way to retain it.

You have limited attention capacity. So to utilise it the best you need to practice small chunk of the task at a time. Just like we eat in bites, not the whole plate at a time because we know our stomach can’t hold so much food.

But just like the eating we begin at the faster rate and end at a slower rate. Learning happens the same way. We start out with enthusiasm but, we can overdo it to the point of mental exhaustion.

Digest or learn in small chunks for better absorption and utilisation. When you just read, you tend to speed through the text. But when you write you take your time with every word.

No pressure

We keep rescheduling our tasks, but what about the mental processes related to those tasks? We let it weigh on our mind today, even though it’s tomorrow’s business.

You want to live freely and efficiently, you have to unload the pressure over both the mind and the body. You can only run farther and faster only if you unload.

Work never stops. You complete one task on your to-do list, another one shows up out of nowhere. What we can stop is ‘ourselves’ in the moment. We stop to refresh or reboot our mind.

So start reducing your baggage, if you want to travel further ahead than anyone every has.

Critical appraisal

Repetition of an event does not necessarily strengthen our belief in it. Just because something occurs more than once doesn’t really mean it is the truth.

A repetition in a sense is not a true replication. A repetition comes along with slight variations, some which we don’t even notice. And those small changes should make us more cautious and critical of our beliefs.

When we ignore those variations and continue affirming our beliefs, that is dogma. Nothing is more detrimental to pursuit of knowledge than a dogmatic perspective. Being critical is what makes you creative.

Patient

Undergoing treatment should not be seen as a sign of sickness or weakness, it is a way through which people get their life back.

Most people avoid treatment due to fear of being exposed. But it takes more guts to accept one’s flaws than brag about one’s strengths.