How to get smarter without having to rely on hope that something will stick.

A problem that people come to me with on a regular basis is how can they get smarter without feeling like the only way of doing that is to binge read HBR articles or listen to countless productivity podcasts in the hope that something is going to stick.

Why that’s a problem is because people who come to me to help them have very busy lives that are currently already overwhelmed and overloaded with information and they try to sneak in some way of getting insights and snippets from listening to a podcast whilst on their way to work on their commute or in the gym.

Which is fine.

But if you’re going into a new role or moving to a new company and you need to take on a whole new lexicon, then just reading something and re-reading it or listening to something and a re-listening is not going to cut it.

And you probably know it, especially if you’ve experienced this particular problem yourself. What sucks about that solution is it is a complete waste of time and waste of effort and it’s not streamlined.

So the best thing that you can do is to follow a process called spaced repetition.

It goes by a couple of other names:

– spaced retrieval or
– distributed practice

…there’s a lot of material out there about it so I am going to say it going Google it.

But I am going to give you a couple of links for you to look at.

In essence this is the most streamlined way of systemically putting information, knowledge, concepts or skills into your long-term memory by spacing out the practice sessions… distributing the practice sessions with increasing intervals of time after each subsequent successful repetition.

Here is what you need to go to check it out – one website is

https://ncase.me/remember/

That’s the website of a guy called Nicky Case. He’s a systems thinker and is highly entertaining. This takes about 15-20 minutes to work through and that will give you pretty much everything you need.

If you want something that’s a bit more academic then checkout:

http://augmentingcognition.com/ltm

…that goes into a lot of detail on spaced repetition.

Once you’ve checked those out, if you still have questions then ping me a question here or drop me a line on:

storythis.com/talk

…and good luck!

That’s it! The end the show!

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