I need to become more efficient at night time. I’ve realized that if I can work effectively between the hours of midnight-morning, I will gain a significant study advantage. It’s not rare that I take naps after evening workouts which disrupt my sleeping patterns, leading to night time wakefulness, and to waste optimal brain time after midnight is unjustifiable. I find that I have a difficult time studying during late hours because I’ve long been conditioned to relax after midnight. I almost instinctively play a movie, browse to my channels on Youtube or reddit and turn into a couch potato around this time, although my brain is actually in optimal learning mode.
As part of my manifesto to kick my learning into hypergear and reach a new level of studying effectiveness, I will be using ALL of my optimal brain time towards studying and learning new material. Every hour counts, to waste them on passive entertainment is counter-intuitive and will not bring me any closer to success. Now that I’ve made this realization and put it down in text, I need a plan.
Developing a pre-study routine would shift my mind into study mode. A routine that I can use during the day and at night to let myself know that it’s study time, regardless of the hour of day. From Kevin Paul’s book:
Learning environment - “You want to create a space that has associations related only to studying. When you sit down at this place, the subconscious messages that come into your brain tell you that this is where you study, and do nothing else but study.”
Relax to control anxiety and stress - breathing techniques, visualization
Pump up self-esteem - visualization, music
Sharpen focus - visualization, activate memory
Define goals and objectives for each study session - realistic and achievable goals.
A. Visualize past successes
B. Visualize future success