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How To Remember Most of What You Read Online

How To Remember Most of What You Read Online

There’s so much information available to us right now that it’s very easy to overlook or simply forget about things that could actually help us get to where we want to go.

Your bottom line might be improving your health, your finances, your relationships, or your happiness in life. And you can be sure there’s someone on the internet who could help you achieve that. Sometimes even for free.

Unsurprisingly, change takes work. And I’m going to share with you some ideas on how to remember important information, so that you’re able to take action on it and create the kind of change you want.

Get yourself some post-it notes

That’s right. Good ol’ post-it notes. The reason I’m suggesting you do that is because these things don’t disappear once you’re done using them.

Because what happens when you take notes on a piece of paper, on your computer, or on your phone?

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You close the window, fold the paper, close the app, and what you wrote down is gone from view. It essentially doesn’t exist anymore.

This, of course, defeats the point of taking notes (which is to remember) and facilitates procrastination.

So before you start reading any book, or take any course, or engage in any project, personal or professional, remember: Buy a pack of post-it notes.

That way any truly valuable insight you come across can be in your face at all times.

At least until you decide to act on it.

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Focus on core ideas

Not every single page of every book is worth keeping in mind. Your time is just as valuable as your mental real-estate. The more wisely you’re able to decide what occupies it, the more efficient you can be in reaching your goals.

If you’ve read a lot of self-help or business books, you’ll know that a lot of times entire sections are dedicated to stories.  

Stories that really do nothing more than illustrate concepts that were already presented, or that are yet to come. This is a good example of a place in the book where you can decide to cut corners. You might decide to save your time, write the main idea on a post-it note, and then move on to the next big idea of the book.

Even in this article, though I’m trying to be as lean as possible in the way I illustrate my main points, the most important parts of this article are still the main points. The headings.

At the end of the day, that’s what I want you to remember.

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Practice as soon as possible

In her 2011 Ted Talk, Life Coach and Motivational Speaker Mel Robbins talks about her “5-second rule”. She believes that if you have an original idea, and you don’t act on it after 5 seconds, it’s dead. It dies and you will most likely never ever carry it out.

Now, I won’t be that harsh but I certainly agree that good ideas must be acted upon quickly because of Human nature.

Our emotions tend to coax us into keeping things relatively the same in our lives. We don’t like sudden changes, we don’t like events that break our established patterns.

This, of course, is very normal. But here’s the thing: If you get a great idea, gain some great insight from somewhere, and then you don’t do anything…

Then you’ve completely wasted your time. 

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And if you say reading that one book in 2013 wasn’t wasted time, then what do you have to show for it today?

Again I’m not trying to sound harsh.

Simply pointing out the fact that if you really are committed to something (again whether that’s improving your health, your finances, your relationships or your life satisfaction), then you will act.

You’re going to take an action that brings you one step closer to the result you’re committed to.

Even if it’s just writing ideas down on a post-it note.

Now let’s see it! :)

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
-Tony Robbins

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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