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You Can Easily Become A Knowledgeable Person (With This Learning Approach)

You Can Easily Become A Knowledgeable Person (With This Learning Approach)
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Ever wish to be more well-rounded, knowledgeable, or well-informed about the world around you? Not sure how get there? Some people use a certain technique that allows them to constantly learn and become knowledgeable on numerous topics. These curious people (whether they know it or not) use a technique dubbed “rotating curiosity.”

Rotating curiosity[1] happens when interests, curiosities, or passions constantly change. This means that what interested someone six months ago might no longer be interesting today. No, it’s not a mental health disorder. It’s actually a sign of a very creative mind!

For some people with rotating curiosity, making career or life decisions can be difficult. Due to constantly changing interests, one day you may think that you have found your dream job only to lose interest in six months to a year. Although it can be frustrating at times, people with rotating curiosity can be extremely knowledgeable on many widely varied topics. Want to be successful in many different areas of life? All it takes is organizing your ideas and a little motivation.

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How Rotating Curiosity Makes you Knowledgeable

Passion for a certain topic creates a hunger to learn everything there is to know about that topic. Endless research, studying, questioning, and executing that knowledge is a result of rotating curiosity. However, once interest for that topic fizzles, another passion is tackled and the process repeats itself. This results in gaining a huge amount of knowledge, skills, and experience in life and even gaining the upper hand when it comes to work experience or being extremely successful in certain niches or career fields.

Set goals

One of the most boring but best things you can do when starting any new endeavor is to set goals.[2] There is much evidence that goals are key to success.[3] It helps to keep your eyes on the prize. Setting goals clarifies how and why you want to use rotating curiosity to have a brighter mind. They help you stay focused throughout the process.

Find topics that interest you

Who wants to learn about macromolecules and cell biology? Someone interested in biology of course, but if you don’t have an interest in learning about biology you won’t study it. If you aren’t interested in a topic, you won’t take the time to learn more about it. Find something that sparks your interest and motivates you to study it. That’s the essence of rotating curiosity and ultimately the core of being a knowledgeable person.

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Learn from experts

Do you know anyone that is really good at something you’re interested in? Go ask them about it! Many people who are passionate about their expertise are more than willing to share what it takes to be knowledgeable about that topic. Most people love to gush about their passion. That equals free, expert knowledge for you.

Studying and following experts on the internet is also a great way to learn. Great platforms such as Facebook, Youtube, and especially Google make it easy to study experts, follow them, and learn what exactly makes them knowledgeable and successful.

Forget career ladders

The classic approach to being successful in a career is climbing the good old career ladder. “Start from the bottom and work your way to the top” is how many people look at success, but sometimes having skills in many different career fields or niches can prepare you to be even more successful.

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If you want to go into a solid career field like healthcare or engineering then staying for the long haul is probably the best way to go, but if you’re unsure of which career you’d like having multiple careers could work in your favor. By gaining a diverse set of skills and experiences you are developing abilities that not many people have. This gives you the advantage when you do want to settle on a solid career path making you more successful in the long run.

Track your progress

Tracking progress lets you see results. Results are what motivate any human being. They also create a drive to work harder to see even more results!

There are many ways to track progress whether it’s what you’re learning, your income, or how you interact with people. Excel spreadsheets are popular and so are apps. There are countless free apps like GoalsOnTrack or Irunurun that help track progress. Once you start seeing that your hard work is paying off you’ll want to stick with it and maybe even tackle the next goal!

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Start learning with rotating curiosity!

With these tricks and tools, there’s nothing stopping you from becoming a more knowledgeable person. By setting goals, becoming an expert on a topic that interests you, executing your new skills, and then starting over with a new topic, rotating curiosity could be what you need to be successful at whatever you want. Pretty soon, people will be coming to you for expert knowledge and skills.

Reference

[1] Medium: 6 Ways to Take Advantage of Rotating Curiosity
[2] Academic Success Center: Goal Setting
[3] Early To Rise: Goal Setting: The Key To Success

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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