Creativity games: what-if and what-else

A simple creativity exercise we can play anywhere at any time is the what-if or what-else game. This exercise can be applied to almost anything and can be easily modified for more controlled experience. Simple “what if” game Our basic visualization is person-action-object, so the easiest exercise is replace just one of these factors and …

Long term memory: revisiting vs speedwriting

Suppose you want to remember something for a very long time. How do you ensure memorization? There are many methods, which can be roughly divided into three categories: reviewing the notes (revisiting), actively using (speedwriting) and lifestyle choices (sleep, food, …).  Here I compare revisiting with speedwriting, and provide some actionable tips. The lifestyle element …

Mental skyscrapers

We use mental palaces to remember a large amount of knowledge. But what should we do, when faced with multiple snapshots of the event?  I welcome you to mental skyscrapers. They can get tall, but the layout is unlikely to change. Mental skyscrapers for processes Typically we will use mental skyscrapers for processes. For example, …

Logical markers: abstract constants and variables

How should we remember constants and variables? There are many formulas in sciences, and these formulas use constants and variables. Some of these constants and variables are almost abstract, like the Plank constant. How should we treat them? A constant as a letter Let us take for example the Plank constant. It is a critical …

One on one coaching with Anna will dramatically improve your success chances

Once a year, we emphasize the role of 1:1 training with Anna. Every year we are asked to explain the advantages of life coaching with video courses. This time I will take a different approach and address the way you can combine resources. If you scroll to the end of this article, you will see …

Research and creativity: bursting the filtering bubble and creating logical markers

The subjects of research and creativity are huge. I will describe some of the relevant steps below. However, there are two questions I always get from my friends and students: how to know whom to believe and how to express complex ideas as mathematical formulas. There is also a complementary question of defining the subject …

Lighthouse of Alexandria and octagonal mental palaces

Octagonal (8 walls)  mental palaces are seriously underrated. They can be unique, memorable, and extremely comfortable for placing into larger mental landscapes. Moreover, I claim the octagonal mental palaces are extremely easy to generate and very suitable for short and not super-dense articles. I would go as far as recommend them as the first mental …