Memory & Productivity: Making Personal Development Work for You

memory productivity May 13, 2019

The last few newsletters have been discussing ways to put development content to work for you. If you missed them, can read'em here.

They talked about the importance of:

1. Taking Notes

2. Retrieving or calling back information you have learned

Step 3 is to take action on the advice, which is what I'll discuss now.

We remember 20% of what we read and hear, 50% of the things we see, and as much as 80 to 90% of what we do. Without a doubt, we learn and remember best by doing.
In fact, do you know what pre-history means?

Historians use the word quite a lot to describe a specific period of human evolution.

Pre-history simply means the time before humans began to write, which wasn’t that long ago. For some cultures it was only a few thousand years ago, while others, only a few hundred years.

That means that for much of our existence, there was no television, videos, photographs, pictures, not even books or writing. Therefore, there were no formal schools or educational systems.

We learned by doing!

We watched others and then we copied them.

That’s how we learned and remembered.

That's how we are wired to learn and remember.

However, once the educational system was formalized, greater emphasis was put on intellect than actual doing

The educational system rewards us for knowledge - how much we know, pick-up, and understand - and not so much on how well we apply that knowledge.

As a result, we’ve been conditioned to think that it’s all about intelligence. So we never really learned to put information into practice. Many of us to this day think that it’s all about knowledge, that knowledge automatically equates to change, that learning something translates to it’s physical form.

Unfortunately, that’s not the all

Knowledge is great, but unless it is applied, not only do we not gain any benefit from it, but we lose it very quickly.

That's why it's extremely important that anytime you come across something useful, after 1. writing it down and 2. recalling it back, step 3. is to:

Apply the information as soon as possible

Think about one step you can take, even if it is small, to put that advice into practice. Think through what you have going on that day, and find a way to slide it into your routine.

If you can get into the habit of doing this, you will truly skyrocket your productivity.

You will break the cycle that so many fall into of learning something amazing, getting excited about putting it into practice, forgetting about it shortly after, encountering the information again through some other means, and then repeating the cycle over and over and over.

If you can get into the habit of applying info in your life, that’s when you can truly evolve.

Putting one thing into practice makes you ready to put something else into practice, and then something else after that.

That’s how we grow

But if you stay stuck on the same thing, you stay stuck on that same thing.

With that said…what can you to do today, right here and right now, to apply what you just learned in this post?

That’s it for this week.

I’m going to cap-off this topic in the next newsletter. You definitely want to read that  because I guarantee it's a suggestion no one wants you to know, and you’ll know exactly why after reading it.

Until next time,


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