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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)

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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Last Updated on October 22, 2019

How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

We live in a world of massive distraction. No matter where you are today, there is always going to be distractions. Your colleagues talking about their latest date, notification messages popping up on your screens, and not just your mobile phone screens. And even if you try to find a quiet place, there will always be someone with a mobile device that is beeping and chirping.

With all these distractions, it is incredibly difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. Something will distract you and that means you will find it very difficult to focus on anything.

So how to focus and concentrate better? How to focus better and produce work that lifts us and takes us closer towards achieving our outcomes?

1. Get Used to Turning off Your Devices

Yes, I know this one is hard for most people. We believe our devices are so vital to our lives that the thought of turning them off makes us feel insecure. The reality is they are not so vital and the world is not going to end within the next thirty minutes.

So turn them off. Your battery will thank you for it. More importantly though is when you are free from your mobile distraction addiction, you will begin to concentrate more on what needs to get done.

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You do not need to do this for very long. You could set a thirty-minute time frame for being completely mobile free. Let’s say you have an important piece of work to complete by lunchtime today. Turn off your mobile device between 10 am and 11 am and see what happens.

If you have never done this before, you will feel very uncomfortable at first. Your brain will be fighting you. It will be telling you all sorts of horror stories such as a meteorite is about to hit earth, or your boss is very angry and is trying to contact you. None of these things is true, but your brain is going to fight you. Prepare yourself for the fight.

Over time, as you do this more frequently, you will soon begin to find your brain fights you less and less. When you do turn on your device after your period of focused work and discover that the world did not end, you have not lost an important customer and all you have are a few email newsletters, a confirmation of an online order you made earlier and a text message from your mum asking you to call about dinner this weekend, you will start to feel more comfortable turning things off.

2. Create a Playlist in Your Favourite Music Streaming App

Many of us listen to music using some form of music streaming service, and it is very easy to create our own playlists of songs. This means we can create playlists for specific purposes.

Many years ago, when I was just starting to drive, there was a trend selling driving compilation tapes and CDs. The songs on these tapes and CDs were uplifting driving music songs. Songs such as C W McCall’s Convoy theme and the Allman Brothers Band’s, Jessica. They were great songs to drive to and helped to keep us awake and focused while we were driving.

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Today, we can create playlists to help us to focus on our work. Choose non-vocal music that has a low tempo. Music from artists such as Ben Böhmer, Ilan Bluestone or Andrew Bayer has the perfect tempo.

Whenever you want to go into deep, focused work, listen to that playlist. What happens is your brain soon associates when you listen to the playlist you created with focused work and it’s time to concentrate on what it is you want to do.

3. Have a Place to Go to When You Need to Concentrate

If you eat, surf online and read at your desk, you will find your desk a very distracting place to do your work. One way to get your brain to understand it is focused work time is, to use the same place each time for just focused work.

This could be a quiet place in your office, or it could be a special coffee shop you use specifically for focused work. Again, what you are doing is associating an environment with focus.

Just as with having a playlist to listen to when you want to concentrate, having a physical place that accomplishes the same thing will also put you in the right frame of mind to be more focused.

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When you do find the right place to do your focused work, then only do focused work there. Never surf, never do any online shopping. Just do your work and then leave. You want to be training your brain to associate focused work with that environment and nothing else.

If you need to make a phone call, respond to an email or message, then go outside and do it. From now on, this place is your special working place and that is all you use it for.

Every morning, I do fifteens minutes of meditation. Each time, I sit down to do my meditation, I use the same music playlist and the same place. As soon as I put my earphones in and sit down in this place, my mind immediately knows it is meditation time and I become relaxed and focused almost immediately. I have trained my brain over a few months to associate a sound and a place with relaxed, thoughtful meditation. It works.

4. Get up and Move

We humans have a limited attention span. How long you can stay focused for depends on your own personal makeup. It can range from between twenty minutes to around two hours. With practice, you can stay focused for longer, but it takes time and it takes a lot of practice.

When you do find yourself being unable to concentrate any longer, get up from where you are and move. Go for a walk, move around and get some air. Do something completely different from what you were doing when you were concentrating.

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If you were writing a report in front of a screen, get away from your screens and look out the window and appreciate the view. Take a walk in the local park, or just walk around your office. You need to give your brain completely different stimuli.

Your brain is like a muscle. There is only so much it can do before it fatigues. If you are doing some focused work in Photoshop and then switch to surfing the internet, you are not giving your brain any rest. You are still using many of the same parts of your brain.

It’s like doing fifty pushups and then immediately trying to do bench presses. Although you are doing a different exercise, you are still exercising your chest. What you need to be doing to build up superior levels of concentrated focus is, in a sense, do fifty pushups and then a session of squats. Now you are exercising your chest and then your legs. Two completely different exercises.

Do the same with your brain. Do focused visual work and then do some form of movement with a different type of work. Focused visual work followed by a discussion with a colleague about another unrelated piece of work, for example.

The Bottom Line

It is not difficult to train your brain to become better at concentrating and focusing, but you do need to exercise deliberate practice. You need to develop the intention to focus and be very strict with yourself.

Set time aside in your calendar and make sure you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘off the grid’ for a couple of hours. With practice and a little time, you will soon find yourself being able to resist temptations and focus better.

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