Fighting age and stress

When we are young and inexperienced we make huge progress. If feels like we will be making the same kind of progress as we get older. Unfortunately this is not true. Our evalutaion of our future self is typically over-optimistic, and as we mature we need to face the consequences. You may read the articles …

Society and communication

Today is a special day for working people. There used to be demonstrations celebrating the ability of common people to negotiate complex deals with their employers and fight for fairness. The working relations have changed, and blue color jobs are moving to developing countries or getting automated. As the jobs become more complex, the need …

Free yourself from strange beliefs

We all have strange beliefs that influence our lives. Many of our beliefs have been instrumental in our success but became irrelevant as our lives changed. Each irrational belief is a potential weakness, a trap we are unaware of. Freeing ourselves from strange beliefs we reduce risks and open up to new possibilities. For more …

Mentors, sponsors and career moves

I am not an expert on office politics. Occasionally I wish that I was. I do have many years of job experience and can share some insights. This post is inspired by several resources you should probably read, here, here, here, here. Mentors and sponsors There are two kinds of relationships we need in order …

Grit and perseverance

Typically we describe visualization in the context of creativity and learning since this is a focus of our interest. Visualization is extremely useful in many other situations. Recently I noticed that many of memory masters are very good in activities that typically require grit. I think this is because of the incredible power of visualization. …

Revealing your state of mind by handwriting

Many memory specialists, including Anna and Anthony Metivier, recommend taking notes and writing flash cards using your handwriting. When we review our handwritten notes, we remember not just the information we needed, but also some information regarding our personal associations when writing the notes. While some of the cues we use are vague, some follow …

4 Breathing Exercises That Can Increase Your Learning Potential

Occasionally we invite guest writers to contribute to our blog. Today it is my privilege to introduce an article by Helen Sanders from healthambition.com. The healthambition blog is full of useful materials and we hope to strengthen our cooperation in the future. If you have questions to Helen or want to invite additional articles please write to …

Focus control

When learning, focusing may be quite hard there are several reasons for it, and several strategies to bring the focus to the subject at hand. People with attention-deficit (ADHD) and emotional problems may occasionally need some extra help to regain focus, including breathing exercises and medicine. Fatigue Quite often focus drifting away is quite natural. …

Distributed practice

There are several ways of generating long-term retention. Distributed practice is the most natural way to achieve this. We do not need any additional mnemonic devices: we just need to space our learning sessions intelligently and quiz ourselves. How does this work? If we want to remember something for years, we need many exposures to …

Productive failure

We are not as open minded as we would love to think. Sometimes only a resounding failure can trigger a learning experience. This and this articles inspired me to write the post. Learning is not always good. If we would learn and relearn everything, question any piece of knowledge we have, we would not be …