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Advances: Memory Systems
In my early 20s, I had a great memory. As I get older….not so much, which is why I rely on tools like Evernote. All of us forget things (sometimes for good reason), but, with a bit of work you can improve your memory without apps. In this video, I show you how to remember any 10 things in order using the number memory peg system:
For those who are highly motivated to do the work, this piece by Matt Reynolds in Wired outlines five steps you can take to improve your memory, introducing the “memory palace technique” used by the Ancients of Rome to remember those long speeches.
Legal Update: Defamation and social media risk
Finally, NSW has passed defamation law reforms designed to modernise defamation laws and to reduce defamation risks, including in social media. It’s hoped the other States and Territories will soon follow now that the changes have been approved in principle by all Attorneys-General. Read more about the reforms in this summary by the good folk at the Lawyers’ Weekly.
Acquiring some new, tiny habits has made a big different in my life and business this year. Small and simple things like daily writing and making one useful thing a day for clients have made a huge difference to both my productivity and mental clarity. For a primer on why small habits can kick-start an explosion in output, check out this short read in the Harvard Business Review by Sabrina Nawaz.
For a longer, more detailed read, check out the excellent Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg. This is the book that got me going after a long period of apathy and procrastination.
Frames of Mind: Life in 2022!
Way back in 1962, Walter Molino produced this artwork forecasting what life would be like in 2022. Even a year ago, it would have been laughable. But, in these very strange times, who can discount the possibility that he was on to something?
Source: Walter Molino, shared via Twitter @krug_heyde.
Tip: Leave yourself a summary!
Sometimes, getting re-started on an ongoing project is hard. Often, it’s easier to put it off and get lost in busywork – stuff that has to be done but adds no value to your Provider business. Even though we all know that doing just a bit every day will lead to great things in the long run – the so-called compound effect – putting pen to page on a project after a break is easier said then done. And, even if you get started, you then stop, and go through the whole procrastination and resistance cycle again. That was me to a tee, until I learned the “leave yourself a summary tip” from David Perrell (@david_perrell), aka “The Writing Guy”:
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