Sometimes when faced squarely with a problem you want to solve, you jump right into researching it and learn all you can. You’re like a sponge. After a few long sessions with Google, you’re googled out.
A few days later you remember the key points you think you’ve gleaned. But like most people, you can only hold so much new information in your brain at a time. It’s sort of like a small scratch pad with just a few pages.
Actually, most of what you learned, or could have learned is rapidly forgotten or glossed over.
The key to learning fast is to learn slow. Learn in short bursts of energy. Then wait a few days. Not only will you remember more, and understand more, something magical happens.
When you go to sleep, when you “sleep on it,” all that “new” information mixes with all your “old” information. And that’s the secret to really learning. When new mixes with old, new connections occur. New ideas spring up. Contradictions between old and new appear. Insights occur.
Then, the next time you jump into learning even more “new” stuff, you have a different point of view to discover and understand the newest “new” things. Your next bout of research will go in different directions.
Most importantly, you comprehend the new information and YOU CAN MAKE BETTER USE OF IT.
And that is the secret to making a new lifestyle change stick.
Do you want to make your new lifestyle stick? Be a slow learner.
In the long run, would learning slower really make your day lighter?
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