Everyone wants advanced techniques. But it's really the basics that count.
«All skills break down into elemental components–coding has commands, painting has brushstrokes, comedy has jokes. Mastery of the performance results from mastery of the parts.»
Think career capital, not passion, if you're trying to find work you love.
Can you achieve anything just by building better habits? After decades of experiments, I share what can and can't be done.
«Routines are behaviors we do repeatedly, but involve many deliberate actions that can’t be done without some effort and thinking.»
Daily habits or intense, one-off projects? In this article I explain why both are necessary to do great things.
«Often, the habit works against improvement, rather than for it, as I have such ingrained writing behaviors that they are difficult to dislodge.»
Should you schedule time for your hobbies? How to prevent digital distractions from eating up your time and what to do instead.
How often should you succeed at a task, to maximize learning? I review research suggesting the answer is close to 85%.
«we find that the optimal error rate for training is around 15.87% or, conversely, that the optimal training accuracy is about 85%.»
How do you learn more in a busy life? Follow these seven habits to increase the amount of learning, without overwhelming your schedule.
«Crash courses, for instance, are faster and more visually dense than many recorded classroom lectures and thus hold your attention more easily.»
Ten central ideas to keep in mind whenever you need to learn anything new.
«How much you’re able to learn depends on what you already know. Research finds that the amount of knowledge retained from a text depends on prior knowledge of the topic»
Note-taking is a powerful tool. But it can be hard to take notes while reading. Here's how you can maximize your ability to remember, reference and learn.
«I take notes, not so much to help me pay attention or memorize the facts, but to serve as anchors to find later if I’m looking for a quote, factoid or reference»
What is self-efficacy and the three most important takeaways to succeed with challenging goals
«Self-efficacy is your belief that you can succeed in taking a particular course of action.»
Suppose you could add an extra two hours to every day: what would you do with your time? Would you take up a new hobby? Spend more time with friends or your family? Learn a new skill? Or simply give…
Seven years ago, I read some books and articles on speed reading and started practicing some of the methods. I found I was able to increase my reading speed from 450 word per minute to 900 in the…
Most speed-reading techniques don't increase your speed without big costs to comprehension. But there is a way to read faster, and it's very simple.
The trick for most ambitious pursuits, I’m afraid, is simply doing the obvious thing much, much more than most other people are willing to do—and accepting that it may hurt at times.
«The trick for most ambitious pursuits, I’m afraid, is simply doing the obvious thing much, much more than most other people are willing to do—and not minding that it’s hard at times.»
Your energy levels are the basis of your success and happiness. Here are nine habits you can start today to feel more energetic in work and at home.
«Make the first four hours of your morning a quiet, deep work zone.»
Why do people tend to learn less as they get older? What should we do to be the exception?
Debunking an alluring (but ultimately harmful) myth about how to get smarter.
«we must let go of the false promise that broad-ranging skills can come from practice on narrow tasks. Brain training is a dead-end, but learning is timeless.»
Reading books is one of the best habits you can create for yourself. Here are seven easy habits you can implement to finish more books next year.
«Reading is a habit of compounding growth. Learn more and you’ll generate ideas and enthusiasm for making other changes.»
Ten well-chosen books are usually enough to understand the expert consensus on any reasonable question you might have.
«Ten well-chosen books are usually enough to understand the expert consensus on any reasonable question you might have.»
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