5 Day Reading Challenge in July 2022 📚✨

5 Day Reading Challenge

Day 1️⃣

  1. Habit trackers: does tracking your habits actually work? by Dr. Hannah England (7min)

    We rarely lack good intentions. We want to drink more water, exercise regularly, or meditate every morning. Establishing habits, however, can feel like a struggle, and there’s often a gap between intention and execution. This is why habit trackers are such popular tools to help us stick to our goals. But do they work, and why do we tend to abandon them if they do?

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  1. De-Automating My Reading Notes: A New and Better Way For Capturing My Reading Notes in Obsidian by Jamie Todd Rubin (5min)

    The author thought that he'd save himself a ton of time by automating as much of the process as possible. But he found that he didn’t really absorb his notes when doing that. It was only when he was culling, curating, and typing in his notes manually that they began to resonate with him. What started out the automation as something cool and interesting, proved less useful than he thought.

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  1. Learn in Public, It’s Great by Yath Prem (4min)

    As many thought leaders say, there are a lot of advantages to “Learn in public." In this article, an author introduces the benefit of "Learn in public" that he found in his experience.

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Day 2️⃣

  1. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by FS Blog (5min)

    Scott Adams, the famous creator of Dilbert, has made a very good living by understanding and revealing human psychology. In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares “the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.” Similar to the 10 things the writer of this article took away from reading The Everything Store, here are 10 things he took away ‘from the Adams book.’

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  1. The Brutal Truth About Reading: If You Don’t Take Notes Right, You’ll Forget Nearly Everything by Michael Simmons (24min)

    The benefits of public note-taking are (1) Future Value for self and other people. Leaving notes with context helps you remember the info in the future. You and other people can also search and connect the dots later and (2) Deeper Understanding. Knowing that your notes could be viewed by others works as a forcing function to let you process the information deeply. Someone's trash is someone else's treasure. The future is learning in public ;)

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  1. Five Pieces of Writing Wisdom Most Writers Don’t Learn Until 5 Years In by Tim Denning (4min)

    A writing habit is what you actually need. Writing online takes years to get good. If you can do it for five years straight your success will be inevitable. Most don’t make it that far. What stops them is their writing habit. They easily place life events on top of their writing habit. If a good habit remains, success follows.

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Day 3️⃣

  1. You and your mind garden by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (5min)

    The garden metaphor is particularly apt: taking care of your mind involves cultivating your curiosity (the seeds), growing your knowledge (the trees), and producing new thoughts (the fruits). On the surface, it’s a repetitive process. You need consistency and patience. But each day tending to your “mind garden” is different: discovering a new learning strategy, having a eureka moment, connecting the dots between two authors, getting involved in a lively conversation with an expert.

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  1. How To Study With A Highlighter: Three Pitfalls You Should Avoid When You Highlight Your Notes by GoodNotes (5min)

    Studying with a highlighter is a great way to make the most of your note-taking. It’s amazing how many people fall into the trap of what we call “highlighter abuse.” They’ll use those luminous pens day-in and day-out, all the while devising increasingly elaborate highlighting systems for notes. But, all that effort is ultimately wasted and never gets them the results they’re hoping for.

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  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear Summary and Analysis by James Clear (Story Shots) (12min)

    James Clear says that “the significant changes you want to make in your life depend more on creating small habits than sizable shifts.” And this article explains how to make a good atomic habit.

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Day 4️⃣

  1. First Principles: The Building Blocks of True Knowledge by FS Blog (16min)

    First-principles thinking is one of the best ways to reverse-engineer complicated problems and unleash creative possibilities. Sometimes called “reasoning from first principles,” the idea is to break down complicated problems into basic elements and then reassemble them from the ground up. It’s one of the best ways to learn to think for yourself, unlock your creative potential, and move from linear to non-linear results.

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  1. The benefits of laziness: why being a lazy person can be good for you by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (7min)

    Sloth is one of the seven capital sins. While it’s hard to define it exactly, most will agree it has to do with laziness: the disinclination to use energy. Whether or not you believe in such moral vices, most cultures see laziness as a negative trait. However, being lazy can have advantages—and many of them are backed by scientific research. So, what are the benefits of laziness?

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  1. 5 Things to Do When You Have Too Many Ideas and Never Finish Anything. by Mayo Oshin (5min)

    Juggling multiple ideas and goals—to write, exercise, read more, wake up early, and so on—is a tough gig that often begins with excitement, but ends with procrastination, and failure to finish any one of the ideas we started. Here are 5 different things to do when you’re overwhelmed with too many ideas and goals.

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Day 5️⃣

  1. Present bias: how instant gratification impacts your long-term goals by Dr. Hannah England (6min)

    How many times have you heard the phrases “live for the moment”, “you only live once”, or “seize the day”? This advice may sound great for adding some spontaneity to your life, but seizing short-term opportunities can lead you to settle for a small present reward rather than wait for a larger future reward. This tendency is known as the present bias. It may feel good at the time, but the present bias can negatively impact long-term planning, decision-making, and productivity.

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  1. How Note Taking Can Help You Become an Expert by Cedric Chin (22min)

    In ill-structured (messy) domains, concept instantiation is highly variable. Thus, having a system to collect and connect (backlink) fragments of cases helps to accelerate expertise and build an adaptive worldview. Pick a note-taking app with backlinking capabilities. Start copying cases into your note-taking app, perhaps from articles, PDFs, books, or blog posts.

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  1. The YouTube Revolution in Knowledge Transfer by Samo Burja (4min)

    YouTube unlocked a form of mass-scale tacit knowledge transmission which is historically unprecedented, facilitating the preservation and spread of knowledge that might otherwise have been lost. Before video became available at scale, tacit knowledge had to be transmitted in person, so that the learner could closely observe the knowledge in action and learn in real-time — skilled metalworking.

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