Has it ever happened to you that you are reading and suddenly realize "I have no idea what I read in last 5 minutes"?
That happens because of slow reading. Your brain gets lots of intermediate time to generate its own distracting nonsense.
Thus speed reading, completely counter-intuitively, improves comprehension.
Out of 24 x 7 = 168 hrs / week, most students are reading (paper, books, screen, etc.) for at least 40-50 hours.
Just doubling their reading speed will save them 15 to 20 hours a week, which can be repurposed to sleep or study more.
That's 20 (hrs/week) x 50 (weeks/yr) x 10 (yrs of school) = 10,000 hours saved.
At Inner Labs, we will help your child double or triple study time efficiency.
We use a pulley to utilize gravity and our weight to pull something up. It's easier to pull something up using pulley rather than pull it straight up.
Now let's apply this analogy to our lives.
Think of one thing you must do but hate to do. Even if you hate to do it, you should not have a choice in the matter.
Imagine if you were magically able to hate that thing less. How much better or more productive would you be at it?
Now think of one thing that you perhaps do too much but should not. Perhaps you love this thing way too much and you know you perhaps should not.
Imagine if you were magically able to like that thing less. How much time would you save?
The pulley method is a unique way to connect these two. Connect them mentally in such a way that you can improve on both at the same time.
Do you get distracted by other things when you are working, and suddenly an hour has gone by?
You can use the Pomodoro Technique to become more efficient at working or studying.
Work for 25 to 60 minutes, and then take a 5 minute break. Repeat this four times before taking a longer break (15 to 30 minutes).
We can plan these sessions ahead of time and execute efficiently, instead of doing inefficient unplanned work/study.
Full Body Force
Have you ever noticed a productivity slump in the workday around 2 in the afternoon? Our bodies get tired after doing so much work for so long, so we need a rejuvenating boost. This is where Full Body Force comes in.
Biceps and triceps are opposing muscles. We can apply them together in order to induce vibration in our arm.
We can do that in both hands, and then add other sets of opposing muscles like legs (glut, hamstring, calf, quad), core (back and abs), neck, etc. Add random movements in the body as well.
Doing this for 10 seconds to 2 minutes will help rejuvenate in a break.
Doing this for 4 to 10 minutes will get you ultra tired and crash into deep sleep.
Do this for 1 to 2 min to combat that 2 pm slump!
Improving working memory or short term memory is like tipping over a domino in a cascade of dominoes.
improve your ability to form long term memory
make you a faster learner
make you more intelligent
make you more creative
give more success and less stress
In order to improve your working memory, Brain-N-Back is THE GAME that if played every day for 5 to 10 minutes will make all this happen for you.
Kaizen is a Japanese term that translates to mean "small improvement each day."
Advay, 6.5, made a timetable. He gets 4 dots for each hour of work, 1 for 15 minutes each.
His goal during the first week was to get a minimum of 14 each day, then 16, and now 18.
We will do small, sustainable, likeable improvement each day.
“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment." -- Robert Benchley, 1949
In a well prioritized to-do list of A, B, c, d … we tend to do work on c and d instead of A and B, even if A and B are more important.
Procrastinators are not lazy; they are quite busy, but not very good at prioritizing. They keep themselves busy with unimportant tasks as an excuse to not do the important ones.
The idea is to Create FAKE tasks P, Q, R which sound important and urgent but really aren’t. Examples include:
I need to take a bath right now
I need to exercise now
I need to write a journal now
I need to apologize to my spouse now
Structured procrastination will keep you on task to finish those big assignments.
You may have certain distractions that you compulsively go to just to waste time.
If you are already used to something too much, you can try Inner Breaks.
Stress, anger, hate, loath, guilt, anxiety, and shame are all very good breaks but only work short term. They all have very negative long-term health effects.
Disgust is perhaps the most powerful inner break that has no long-term bad health impacts.
Disgust kills desire. It's as simple as that.
Simply mentally connect whatever you desire to whatever disgusts you. Examples include:
Netflix with cockroaches
YouTube with spiders
Social media with pigeon poop
Games with vomit … and so on
Reading fast is not the only goal. We have to understand, and understanding has different levels to it.
Here are the levels:
What are the basic facts?
What is the central message?
What are the details?
Can you put yourself in character shoes?
Can you write the next paragraph?
Can you make your own story of the general premise of the passage / article / book?
To be able to do this, you need to read a section or paragraph and ruminate on it.
Don't just read fast like there is no tomorrow, but modulate your reading speed by stopping frequently and closing your eyes and thinking about it.
This will provide a much deeper level of understanding and appreciation for the text.