This is part 2 of Efficient learning.
- Pays not to be busy: Similar to diffuse mode. It's not good to be working day and night as we might think we're being productive. In reality, we're putting strain on our brains. It's essential to unplug, take breaks and not overwork ourselves.
- Chunking: Chunking refers to breaking down a difficult subject into small doable pieces to learn. Once you've broken it down it's easier to see how they're connected.
- How to solve problems: Solving problems can be done in two different states; While you're in focus mode, breaking it down to solve it, or it can come to you when you're in diffuse mode doing something unrelated. Either way is effective, be sure to utilize both strategies.
- Deliberate Practice: This means practicing what you're learning even when you feel like you're no longer making progress. Push through those hard times and keep practicing pass your limits. It will help you grow and improve in the long run.
- Spaced Repetition: This means to ensure your revisiting a topic or subject to maintain that knowledge. The last thing you want to do is to forget what you've learned before. It's important to come back to topics for a refresh so that knowledge stays with you.
- Be Adventurous: Meaning you don't have to learn the same things everyday, its okay to learn new things to expand your skills. Also, these new skills doesn't have to be related to what you're working on either. It can be a skill you picked up outside the working life. Just take time to learn and explore new things in life.
- Have an endpoint: Create a deadline when accomplishing a goal. Don't work on something forever. Also, set your productivity times and work from there. There's no need for all nighters.
- Be Bored: The most creative ideas and thoughts come from when your doing absolutely nothing. This is when you let your mind wonder, which is gives the brain rest from being focus mode all the time.
Stay tuned for the techniques portion in Efficient learning ;)