Today I'm going to talk about some tiny habits which can go a long way in improving your daily work and motivating you for long-term learning. Each of the principles is backed by science because understanding the "why" is more important before doing the "what" or learning the "how".
Focus vs Diffuse mode
- Focus - concentrate on one thing. No multitasking.
- Diffuse - let the brain wander freely. E.g. exercise, sleep, going out.
- Go back and forth. Focus for a while and diffuse for a while.
- Grows your brain just like exercise and rest grows your muscles
- taking breaks is good for high performance
- The science behind it
- Sleep clears toxins from the brain
- Long deep sleep is important. Toxin cleaning is an energy intensive process. It does not happen unless body is at rest for a long time.
- Check out this article
- Practice something to create strong memory
- exercise your brain by repeating what you learn
- give your brain enough diffuse mode
- Too much biology to prove it.
- prevents depression and anxiety
- elevates mood
- gives rest to the brain (diffuse mode)
- Here's a study to back it up
- negative -> "You're doing this wrong" (criticism)
- positive -> "If you do this, I will give you this" or "I like how you did this" (motivation)
- criticism is usually more actionable - enjoy criticism when you are in the middle of your learning or towards a high career stage
- motivation is important at the beginning - gives you power to battle the obstacles
- Some science for the nerds
- you don't want to do something right now because is isn't going to feel good. You brain automatically suggests something more positive - like watching YT videos or playing games
- it is an issue with managing our emotion and not our time
- you could be a good time manager but still not feel like doing some tasks (I relate strongly)
- Understand that by delaying an important task we are just delaying the mental pain
- Best way to tackle this is to be strong and do that important task right away - Get rid of the pain and feel better.
- Some tricks for the affected. Must read
Screw it, let's do it
-- Richard Branson
This is not a complete list. A few more coming soon.
These principles are notes from the course Learning to Learn [Efficient Learning] : Zero to Mastery. Do check it out if it sparks your interest.