Learning New Skill? — How to Focus, Use Memory Better, and Handle Procrastination?

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines

Tackling Procrastination

Procrastination could be a single monumental bad habit in your life and it influences many important areas in your life.

Procrastination is a kind of addiction that gives you some relief from doing something boring. While you should be solving some problem using your laptop but you end up surfing web — facebook, twitter and plain google search. If such habits are not fixed they will bite you in future and you will come up with stories to protect your habits.

To escape procrastination, find a way to reward yourself once a set of tasks are done. Understand your habits a little deeper, find cues, set up a routine, get some task done, and reward yourself. Its a loop

Approach to Kill Procrastination

Process Vs Product

Process is a flow of time and actions associated with it and product is an outcome like assignment completed

To get rid of procrastination don’t focus on product. Instead, your attention should be on building processes. Processes relate to simple habits, habits that coincidentally allow you to do the unpleasant tasks that need to be done.

So, if you focus on process rather than product, you will not allow yourself from judging , am I getting closer to finishing? instead you will enjoy yourself into the flow of the work.

It is the product, the outcome, the fear of not getting the work done — that triggers the pain — and get into this trap of procrastination. Just focus on next step, next task and keep going — and you will realize that slowly you reaching at completion part.

Juggling Life and Learning

  • Write daily tasks in the evening before
  • Always keep a planner journal with you
  • Shuffle mental tasks some in the focused more and others in diffused mode
  • Even while on breaks use your diffused mode of learning to work on tasks that you left earlier
  • Do the difficult tasks first

Why Writing Is Important?

If you don’t write your tasks -create a list, they linger at the mind in the slots of your working memory, taking up valuable mental real estate.

Use Pomodoro

Set it 20 miniutes or 40 minutes — totally depends on the tasks and your habits. Take short breaks and after a few hours take a long break.

Diving Deeper Into Memory

Relational memory, the flexible ability to generalize across existing stores of information, is a fundamental property of human cognition. Little is known, however, about how and when this inferential knowledge emerges.

Offline processing can lead to improved performance in circumstances that might require relational learning.

Visuospatial skills can be used that allow us to visually perceive objects and the spatial relationships among objects — also helps , to make global shapes by locating small components, or to understand the differences and similarities between objects.

Briefly repeat what you want to remember over several days — for a few minutes each morning or each evening.

Gradually extend the time between the repetitions as the material firms itself into your mind

Long Term Memory

Short term memory remains active and gets consolidated into long term memory and long term memory is inactive. Whenever you recall a memory, it changes, a process called, reconsolidation.

Our memories are intertwined with each other. As we learn new things, our old memories also change.

Like consolidation, re-consolidation also occurs during sleep


So it is more effective to space your learning over a period of time rather than cramming yourself for hours and later forgetting everything.

Remember that short term memory is not a stable state and it needs to be consolidated so that you can remember it for a long time

Creating Meaningful Groups and Memory Palace Technique

You can also create meaningful groups and simplify your learning material. It’s much easier to remember numbers by associating them with memorable events. Try coming up with your own thing here.

Memory Palace

One of the most useful and widely used mnemonics (or memory aids) is the memory palace, a place or series of places in your mind where you can store information that you need to remember.

With time and practice, anyone can build a memory palace, and they are useful for far more than just memory competitions and trivia.

You’ll realize that as you begin to internalize key aspects of meaningful groups and memory place techniques and start taking a little time to commit the most important points to memory. You come to understand it much more deeply.