HIGH SPEED LOW DRAG STUDYING
“My hearts desire is to study, I love studying for no reason!”
Said no one ever.
No one likes the act of studying. Truthfully, we only want what studying is going to give us. We want the knowledge, skills, and wisdom that results from reading textbooks, novels, tech manuals, or inspirational books.
The WORK required to extract said information is exacting and taxing. Some say that humans can only focus on a given task for 30 minutes before our attention wears off but I found a way to lengthen that focus.
You Must Read With Desire
This is part of the theory behind adult learning, that I learned from Navy Instructor training. Students want to learn what they want to learn, meaning;
No magic technique will work if you have no desire to study!
Ask: “What am I after here? What am I trying to get out of this?” What ever you come up with will give you a target. You will want to study to reach that target. You will feel momentum as you learn more and more about the subject and reach your target.
This works whether the material is cool or boring!
Desire desire desire desire DESIRE!!!
WITHOUT DESIRE YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME!
Burning desire is MANDATORY for effective study. If ya aint got it, DON’T BOTHER. MOVE ON!
Don’t read any damn thing if it doesn’t draw you in and CAPTIVATE YOU!
You only have so many mental resources, every article, blog, paper, and book you read takes a toll on your attention span for that day. To put it simply, your brain gets tired of decoding what you’re reading.
We are not evolved to read, humans have only been reading in earnest for the last 500 years and we have 40,000 years of evolution and existence.
“Whats the limit for attention span?”
Varies, speed readers need to take pomodoro breaks, to allow the brain to rest enough to re-focus but for regular readers heres the thing:
IF YOU ARE DRAWN TO THE BOOK, IT DOESN’T MATTER!
When you are truly tuned into what you’re reading you are “in the Zone”. In a state of flow where you are spiritually in the author’s world.
Your lizard brain loves pictures and imagery, and a good author knows the words to create that imagery that you crave.
You don’t study words, you don’t fucking care about words. Everything is or can be a storyline. A storyline that your primitive caveman brain can follow.
This is why reading or listening to Autobiographies is so enthralling and captivating. You are always putting yourself into the story, because you learn by comparison.
You are drawn in when you forget you are reading a book because you’ve caught in the web the author spun for you. You will be able to read for hours and retain everything you read because its all in the story
Story is study and study is story
What if there’s no story? Tell yourself a ridiculous colorful story about what you read and it will become fun and interesting.
Studying is Physical. GET PHYSICAL!
Grab, open, and handle that book like its a woman you are about to fuck. This is called Dual-Coding.
The more senses you involve in the act of learning, the more neuro pathways are activated to form a memory. This gives you a better chance of retaining long term memory of whatever you read!
Open the book, grab it, scratch the page, smell the paper, highlight the book and always take notes.
BURNING DESIRE IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS!
Studying is fun when you do it right. Read what you have desire to read.
Don’t read anything that doesn’t add value to your life! You have a precious, limited, supply of brainpower. Use it wisely.
You will read a book like New World Ronin for hours on end, and you will have a BURNING, SMOLDERING, FIERY DESIRE to finish it.
P.S. Stay tuned for a long article on speed reading.
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