People who learn 10 times faster use 5 techniques

Have you ever sat down and tried to read for work or school and wondered if there was a way that you could learn the material faster and not forget what you’ve learned? I have great news, there is! Learning these five techniques will make a world of difference in how fast you’re able to learn your new technique, and how well you’re able to make it stick in your brain afterward.

Measure a smaller unit of success

Let’s be honest, when it comes to learning new things it isn’t always a breeze. You start reading information and a few times you probably comes across something that confuses you or is an area of difficulty. No matter what you do, you just can’t seem to find a way to get yourself to learn the matter.

Your first reaction may be to try and figure out what you don’t understand all at once. When you do this, you slow the learning process down. One of two things will happen: you’ll either never learn to do them well or it will take you a long period of time to do so. Instead, deconstruct the new skill or technique into much smaller components and work on them individually until you can put them all together.

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Drill one thing until it becomes a habit, then move on

Each day, train your mind to focus on one thing at a time so you don’t lose focus

Everyone has multiple areas in their life where they’d like to make some improvements. Maybe you want to change your eating habits to be healthier, go to bed earlier, or go to the gym consistently. Even if you’re committed and have the best intentions to work towards your goals, it’s just natural to fall back into old habits eventually.

Each day, train your mind to focus on one thing at a time so you don’t lose focus. When you do this, you stop your mind from going off into a million different directions thinking about all the other things you need to do. It’s overwhelming and can be discouraging. Once you’ve made a habit or reached a new goal you’ve been working towards, then you can move on to the next one.

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Short periods of study every day is better than long, sporadic cramming sessions

When you study a little bit each day, you’re able to go back and review information from a shorter time span which will help you learn faster.

We’ve all crammed our brains with information in a short period of time, especially in college the night before a test at 8 AM. But if you think about it, how much of that information did you actually retain several days later? Probably not much.

You learn best from repetition. If you sit down and try and study for 6 hours and then come back and try to review, there’s a pretty good chance you will have remembered very little. When you study a little bit each day, you’re able to go back and review information from a shorter time span which will help you learn faster. This requires will-power so be strong!

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 When starting, test many different methods; when growing, stick with one

When you’re starting out with something new, start testing out a bunch of new methods that will help you learn faster as well as one that you enjoy. When you find it lock it down and stick to it. You may find at some point that things are beginning to level out or you’ve hit a plateau. This will be the time that you take a step back and think about the place you’re currently in. Things have changed now, you have changed, it’s time to switch things up so you can keep progressing.

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Debrief to avoid making the same mistakes

When you’re learning new things, you’re going to make mistakes along the way no doubt. It’s difficult for some, but this is an important time to ask for help from someone who can show you where the mistake was made and what you can do next time to avoid repeating said mistake. When you mess up, you’re going to want a second pair of eyes on you to help you out. Find that person that will guide and help you jump over those hurdles.

Hopefully, you’ve found the 5 tips above helpful. You’ll notice a significant different in how quickly you learn new things. Remember, no matter how slow you’re moving, progress is progress.

This piece was first published in Life Hack.

Success is not necessarily hard work but discovering your creativity…!

Productivity

We all want to be successful! At least most of us, but, “Productivity” holds a different meaning for everyone. While some believe the idea is to work more to produce more, other’s believe that productivity has nothing to do with the time limitation.

There are several questions that must be answered while deciding if you, as a workaholic, hold the capabilities of being productive. As it turns out, the process of speeding up requires for you to slow down at first and the 7 factors to be considered are as follows.

1. Why should I take that project?

The question itself is clear and understandable. Sara Blakely, the founder of SPANX, encourages people to question why they should be doing anything at all. The idea according to her, is to keep asking “Why?” till the answer is acceptable.

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If your answer is, “I’m doing this to please my boss or cousin,” or “because I’ll feel guilty if I don’t,” then it is always better to take time off and think about what would actually please you.

2. Learn to say no

Warren Buffet once said, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.”

Successful people tend to use the word “no” more than they would use any other word. They accept that they are not in favor of working on everything that life throws at them and are in fact only responding to those of the activities which benefit them.

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This concept of saying NO applies not only to social interactions and events but to additional duties at the office and newly emerging work opportunities.

The question to consider here is; What can you be saying “no” to?

work

3. Success is not struggle

Denise Duffield Thomas explained in an interview that the biggest myth about achieving success and money is the people’s belief that it has to be difficult.

Jessica Alba, Oprah, and Sheryl Sandberg are few of the popular names who work hard. People, however, miss out on the fact that they are not just working hard but are enjoying as well.

Being able to enjoy while working is the best way one can achieve greater success while still captivating the inner creativity.

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4. Fun is the key to creativity

When you are in a happy and light mood, it is often that your mind takes your attention to things you would not otherwise find attractive. And not just that, having fun stimulates that part of your brain which brings the creativity forward.

Losing the mental blocks should be the ultimate goal. Once we learn to keep our minds at ease and focus on the “good”, the information automatically starts to flow.

Wayne Dyer says, “There is no stress in the world. Only stressful thoughts.”

We should loosen up our “hustling and bustling” factors to enjoy what we do and the worriedness would then eventually find its way out of your life.

5. Vacations are a need

We all need time off from our daily businesses and believe us, it is not wrong. World’s biggest CEO’s are all seen vacationing with their families, enjoying some “me” time.

The trick is to refresh yourself. We often need to assess our lives from a new point of view, a wider one. There are employees who feel vacationing would disturb their work routines, however, stepping back for a while can benefit you in the long run.

But then again, it is not always necessary that you find free time for yourself through vacations. A long stroll down the track just might be what energizes your mind!

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6. Be your own inspiration 

If you have been following the above-mentioned rules then there is a huge chance that you have experienced some exciting moments.

If you really let yourself free in the process then you will eventually, reach a point of self-satisfaction which helps you brainstorm better and brighter ideas.

7. Find your “Golden Hours”

We all have different work mechanisms. While some people work better at night, others tend to be productive in the morning. It is therefore suggested that you find your “golden hours” and delegate work accordingly.

 

Is your job making you depressed?

At some point in our lives, everyone experiences a level of depression. When your depression seems focused on work, it can be hard to determine if your job is responsible, or if something bigger is happening.

If you work full-time, you likely spend around half of your waking hours (or more) at work. You may also spend additional time thinking about it even when you aren’t there.

Symptoms of depression can be highly apparent at work. You may find it difficult to complete your job duties or do everything in your power to avoid having to come in at all. But, before you quit your job as a possible solution, it is important to figure out what is actually going on.

Situational Depression

Situational depression is technically classified as an adjustment disorder; it results from a particular set of circumstances and does not meet all of the characteristics of a true mental disorder. While the symptoms can be life-altering and should be treated seriously, they tend to resolve themselves once the situation changes.

Clinical Depression

Major depressive disorder can be affected by circumstance, but the true cause goes deeper. Often, a chemical imbalance is at least partially responsible, and symptoms may not ease even when the situation improves. The severity of symptoms may fluctuate, but they play a consistent role in a person’s life. However, with proper treatment, the symptoms can be effectively managed.

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Is it Work?

If the stress began outside of work, but the symptoms have made maintaining employment difficult, your job may be suffering due to issues in other areas of your life.

Unpleasant working conditions can cause situational depression and aggravate major depressive disorder. This makes it more challenging to determine if the work is fully responsible or just a catalyst to an episode of a chronic condition. To make it worse and difficult, tips for managing work depression are often vague and may not help you identify the true source of the issue.

The first step in determining whether your job is to blame for your depression, it is best to seek the care of a mental health professional. They will be able to help you work through the questions and thoughts that will help determine if a change of job would fix the issue or if you are dealing with something greater.

For example, if you had been at your job (happily) for five years, but ended up with a new boss who treats you poorly, the situation surrounding your workplace may be to blame. However, if you have been at the same job for years, becoming progressively more depressed, and have felt similar shifts throughout the rest of your life, there may be something bigger.

Additionally, if the stress began outside of work, but the symptoms have made maintaining employment difficult, your job may be suffering due to issues in other areas of your life. If those issues resolve, you may find your workplace more enjoyable.

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Think before you quit

In cases where your workplace is dangerous or abusive, then quitting might be your best move.

While quitting your job is an option, it may not be the right move at the beginning. For example, those suffering from major depression may have found any job unbearable during the height of their symptoms. That means you could quit your job only to find no reprieve once the act was done. And that would leave you depressed and newly jobless. If you relied on your income to survive, then your symptoms may get worse as you look for new opportunities.

However, if your depression is truly caused by your job, then you still might want to act more thoughtfully before jumping ship. You may want to begin looking for a new job before you quit your current one, allowing you to transition from one place of employment straight into the next.

In cases where your workplace is dangerous or abusive, then quitting might be your best move. By seeking help from a mental health professional, they can work with you to determine the true nature of your depression. That way you can make an intelligent and informed choice that will help you secure a better future for yourself, which is really the goal you should be pursuing.

This piece was first published in Life hack.