The Rule of 3
Now this leads to this idea of the rule of three. It turns out, if you take a step back from all of the studies that have been done in psychology on memory for the last 50 years. One of the themes that emerges is that in any given situation, we tend to remember approximately three things about every situation that we encounter, whether it's reading a book, watching a movie, going to an event, hearing a lecture, watching an online class, whatever it is, we're gonna remember roughly three things about it. And so we need to make sure that we maximize the quality of those three things that we remember and in in the in the workbooks that I have here, one of the things I want to direct you to is in order to create habits. One of the things that you have to do is to is to influence your environment. So tomorrow afternoon, one of the things we're gonna talk about his ways of using your environment in order to help you to change your habits and one of the things that I gave you is some template...
s. So here, on page three and again on page four, I believe, um, we have We have templates that you can use to help you remember things more effectively and had to help you to create better presentations. And the purpose of these isn't necessarily to fill those out. Right now. It's to create a scaffold, just like you'd build a scaffold toe to build a building where you create a temporary structure that helps you toe t create something some new building. You do the same thing mentally. It's really useful to influence your environment, to create these scaffolds that help you to build mental habits. And one of the mental habits really is to help you to do a more effective job of learning things when you encounter them and to create presentations when you have to create presentations for other people, the very first thing you need to do is to prepare yourself toe, learn. You need to be ready. Remember, memory is all about connections, so you need to start by figuring out what is it that I'm about to learn? What's the information? Get stuff ready in your in your memory to make new connections because it turns out that that that we get better and better at learning the more and more we learn about something because we can attach new things to what we know about already. Now we've prepared ourselves toe learn something. Okay? Now, what are we going to do? The next thing that we need to do is to actually pay attention. One of the problems of the modern world is that nobody knows how to pay attention anymore. Okay, Now, I cleverly shut this off, as I was instructed to do before I walked in the room. But do you recognize this? This device, this is a smartphone. Okay? Smartphones create dumb people. Okay? The reason that they create dumb people is because they provide a constant invitation to multi task. And it turns out that the human mind does not multitask the human mind. Timeshares. So have you ever been to a timeshare apartment? No. Somebody has been to one, right. Heard of timeshare apartments. Anybody out there? Imagine for a second that you show up to this time share and two families have come at the same time. That's kind of a disaster, right? You get the bedroom, we get the bathroom. I don't know, how is this gonna work? And that's what happens when you multi task. Your brain doesn't really multi task. What it does is it shifts back and forth between the various tasks that you're trying to do, and so you do a little bit of this and a little bit of this and a little bit of this, and that's inefficient.
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