A Quick Tip to Accelerate Your Learning

Learning takes time, and we’re busy people.

We all have families and obligations, and none of us has infinite time. So how do we make the best use of the time we do have?

One solution is to optimize your learning sessions with a better method.

For example, take a look at this gadget:

It’s a net to help soccer players practice juggling. Now that you don’t have to run after the ball every time you fail, all that time you save can go towards practicing!

Now, look at these:

These are juggling beanbags. Unlike regular balls, they don’t roll away when you drop them. Again, more practice in the same amount of time.

These tools are for different sports, but they both do they same job. They accelerate learning.

Now I’m not saying you should go out and spend all your money on expensive tools. Rather, my point is that the choices we make matter.

The way you learn can be the difference between a journey of two years and a journey of twenty.

Here are some ways I’ve optimized learning sessions:

  • Reading. Keep a dictionary when you read (or use a Kindle) to look up new words. Or, even better, program a script that automatically makes words and phrases into flashcards.
  • Exercise. Do high intensity exercises instead of jogging. Add stretches during rest intervals.
  • Programming. Have a second monitor that is open to documentation so you don’t have to flip back and forth between tabs.

Whatever it is that you are trying to learn, don’t settle for doing it the way everybody else does. Chances are, there’s a better way to do it.

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