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I’m a video editor and watching his videos lately has been horrifying. The editing was never UHMazing, but it was good enough that I didn’t think about it much. Lately, it seems his videos are edited on iMovie by someone’s who’s barely edited before. My work was trash when I was a film student, but I’m happy to say it was better than this. Ty Knotts from Top 5 Unknowns use to be at the top of my list for most terribly edited videos on a large channel, but Mikey’s recent videos bump him the top. He simply doesn’t give a fuck anymore.
The continuity errors have been nuts. The sound levels are completely messed up sometimes. The lighting - he doesn’t even care to try anymore. Some of the lighting errors weren’t even corrected in editing. Lately, there’s been some WILD zoom effects added in post and those are just unacceptable. Filming these videos is his career, his fans pay his bills, he should try harder or take a damn break to reassess.
Why do you think this is happening now? Do you think his money flow is so low / life too expensive that he cut out his editors and is now editing shit himself? This might explain the longer pause between videos. It wouldn’t surprise me if hired “cheaper” help, but I can’t imagine any editors would do such a bad job. Maybe he’s using FLG slaves.
Editing isn’t difficult and there are TONS of affordable editors out there if you can’t do it yourself. This makes me so mad lol. It’s the carelessness for me.
Ps - did anyone notice how he only makes the corny jokes when his wife isn’t around? Super inconsistent delivery and personality as well lately.
Ok so I have a Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon which has all USB C ports.
I got a Lenovo USB C 3 in 1 with it, which I use to connect usb devices.
All USB 3.0 devices plug and play perfectly but no USB 2.0 device seems to be working.
I’ve tried to download hub drivers, uninstalled and re installed in device manager, nothing seems to work.
It used to work earlier but doesn’t now.
I remember seeing ads a while ago, not so much.
Are these in your opinion worth it for new drivers to make some quick cash. Are they reliable? Will I have to push my car to its limits for a week in order to achieve the requirements.
I’m sure there are all sorts of questions that I don’t know I should be asking so feel free to let me know any and all of your thoughts.
This is just for the new driver bonuses, I do not intend to drive long term.
2014 Volvo S6, greater Boston area
i made a post a week ago after i first found out. i didn’t find that much in his history so i thought it wasn’t that bad. of course he downplayed it and made it seem like a casual thing. on dday he got really scared and was crying and promising to never do it again and i actually believed it, but later he admitted that he watched it on the same day after we talked.
he eventually told me he had a separate ipad he used for it, so i looked through the ipad a few days later when he wasn’t home and decided to leave his house bc of what i found, he came back to find me gone and was really scared and promised to tell me the truth about everything…he admitted he was paying for live interactive chats with girls, that he’s an addict, told me about his kinks (humiliation, cuckold etc), that it is like cheating and how wrong he was. he let me set up blockers on his phone and computer and ps4 and made sure i can see everything he does, and he gave me his ipad and his 2 old/broken phones. he told me he feels a lot better now that i know everything and that he feels safe with me.
i told him i want to accept him for who he is and we can work through it together but he has to be honest with me. i do feel bad for him bc he is young and was single for 2 years before me and it became a habit because he was lonely i guess, and clearly he has some feelings of shame and insecurity if he gets off on girls telling him he has a small dick etc…and i also have had personal struggles with porn so i can understand, but i never wanted a live interaction and it was never ever about the guys in the video. i can’t manage to sympathize with him looking up specific girls or doing live chats it’s just so heartbreaking to me. i feel so ashamed about my body now because the girls were all so skinny and small and i’m not.
i also realized it’s why he finishes so fast and has trouble getting hard again, he also has wrist pain and headaches, there’s been multiple times where i was in the mood and had to go to bed sad and feeling unwanted…i thought he was just tired from work but now i know the real reason. it’s not as bad as it could be because he always wants to please me and makes sure i finish, he clearly feels really bad when he can’t perform well and said it’s the main reason he wants to stop watching, he gets hard just from looking at me and notices the small things i do for him, and we still have sex multiple times a week and sometimes multiple times a day…in general he is a good guy and a good boyfriend so this just shatters me so bad…ughhh idkkkk :( idkkkk
Do we really believe that Post Malone is going to release a 4 year old song with Swae Lee despite all signs pointing to this being a featureless album and an album that every song has guitar on it? Not to mention I think Posty has grown a lot since then and I can’t see that being some personal song he wants to put on a self titled project.
My guess? It’s a new song we have never heard. What are your opinions?
Hi everyone, i’m not sure this is the right place to post this but i need some help. I am a very routine oriented person. most nights before sleeping I plan out what my days will look like so i never feel stuck or not knowing what to do. This morning however, there was an unexpected change to my routine when my dad stayed home from work. He doesn’t usually do this and isn’t one to communicate so i was very surprised to see him home when i woke up. Since I work from home, most of my plans involve doing things around the house and we live in a very small place so it’s easy to get in each others way. I tried to play it off and reorganize but I was clearly very stressed out about this change despite it being minor it does change a lot of the things I had planned to do. Not to mention the moment he saw I was up he made a comment about my appearance which dampened my mood even more. I didn’t want to interact until i was able to center and ground myself because I didn’t want to lash out or say anything stupid but he noticed i looked upset and asked what was wrong. I told him I was fine multiple times and to just leave it alone but he kept insisting I tell him. When i told him that I was just upset because my routine was interrupted when I didn’t expect him to be home he just walked out of my room without saying anything before leaving the house without saying goodbye. I didn’t mean to come off as rude or upset him but he asked me what my issue was, I tried to make it clear it wasn’t about him just the general idea that my schedule was ruined Now that he’s upset I feel even more ashamed about being in a ‘bad’ mood. It wasn’t my plan to even bother him with what was upsetting me but he always insists I tell him what’s wrong even though I’ve mentioned so many times that I’d rather just deal with things on my own. Now he’s upset and i’m frozen unsure what to do next since my daily schedule is off and I feel guilty about being around the house. Any advice on how to get my day back on track and not feel guilty for upsetting my father?
Piggy backing off my first post, I’ve narrowed it down to a few bikes. I’d really like y’alls input on which route to take. From personal experience or what you know about brands, either way. So here is the list I’ve narrowed it down to, all within the same price range. Chase Edge 24, Stay Strong Pwr 24, SE Floval Flyer 24, GT Speed Series 24 + Meybo Clipper 24, DK Sprinter 24. Haha, I guess I ended up including ALL of them from the three I was actually looking at. This way I don’t miss anything from you guys/gals. Thanks for any input. I’m hoping to pull the trigger this afternoon after work and order one.
I don't even know what to write here.
Monday-Friday is unrelenting. No matter how early I wake up my daughter wakes up, too - she has a sixth sense for my eyelids separating. So we wake up, I get her ready for school, and spend the morning herding her until it's time to drop her and my husband off (train station is on the way to her daycare center). I tried waking up early so I could get a shower before him but my daughter just screams and hits herself if my husband takes care of her and she won't stay asleep if I'm awake. My husband takes like an hour in the morning partially because he has stomach issues and partially because he takes really long showers. Must be nice, I get to shower about 1-2 times per week given my schedule.
I get home, have about 6-8 minutes to spare before I have to log in for the day. I'll usually spend this 8 minutes tidying up my workspace since I'm on video calls all day, and my workspace is just a spot inside of our open-plan living room, so it's full of toys. Today I'm spending it writing this post.
But anyway- it doesn't matter if I clean up the night before - my daughter will dump every single toy onto the floor and drag them all over the house within seconds of waking up. I might reheat my coffee for the 3rd/4th time and sit on the couch for a few minutes before logging in.
I recently started a new job that is extremely demanding. I get to work regular hours (no forced overtime) BUT it's an incredible workload and I spend 4-5 hours a day in meetings leaving me only 3-4 hours to develop the products people are asking me for. I'm hoping since I'm new the meetings will taper off- but for now it's just unrelenting. I usually have about 30 minutes between meetings which isn't enough time to put anything together except for documentation regarding the request. I'm supporting 12 different departments with competing initiatives and it's just a lot of fucking work.
By the time I log off I have about 20-30 minutes before I pick my daughter up from school. Then I have her for 2.5 hours until my husband gets home at around 7:30. In our 2.5 hours we'll go grocery shopping, go to the park, run some errands- whatever is needed/wanted that day. Sometimes she just wants to go home and watch TV which gives me a chance to to some laundry or cook a quick meal. She's very high needs so if she notices that I'm doing something other than looking at my phone she starts whining and tugging at my leg. She doesn't like if I cook (and she won't cook WITH me either- tried it a million times - she just won't).
My husband gets home and spends about 30 minutes shitting & getting changed. He takes over so I get an hour to myself - which is typically folding laundry, handling some time of paperwork, or tidying up.
We have plans almost every single weekend - and not the type we can cancel either. It's usually fun stuff - but it means it takes me 2-3 months to finish projects that I was hoping would take 1-2 weekends, because I can only find a few spare hours here and there to do what I need to do. Like I might have 1 hour on Saturday to buy mulch, and 1 hour on Sunday to spread it - bit I have 8 cubic yards of mulch to spread. I tried getting my daughter to "help me" so I could work on it while watching her, but she literally took a dive in it- spread it all over our yard, covered our porch with it, got it in her hair and eyes, and was dyed dark brown for several days. I had my back turned for like 10-12 minutes and she caused me about 2 hours of additional clean up.
Conveniently my husband is always sick or injured and has very low energy so he can do fuck all with chores. He works 70 hour workweeks so he's completely tapped out on weekends.
I don't understand the point of any of this. Nothing is enjoyable at all. Because of how busy we are and how absolutely jam-packed we are with work/responsibilities I don't even have time to brush my teeth or shower regularly. My daughter is unpleasant 99% of the time, my husband is never around and when he is, he's bitching about whatever his ailment is, my house looks like shit because I don't have time to clean it or finish any projects. There's like literally nothing I am happy about. I fucking hate this.
So for the past year I've been spending a huge amount of time on learning how to learn starting with Barbara Oakley's famous coursera course of the same name, to ultralearning from Scott Young, to Make It Stick by Peter C Brown, and from there I looked at papers on how to learn as well as sites and articles for anything else. This post is only a smidgen of what I've found, but I hope it is enough information for you to get started and hopefully find research yourself that you can look up to! I will link some recommended sources in the comments of this post so you can start with if you want to start digging deeper.
Are you struggling to learn new things effectively? Do you feel like you're not making progress despite putting in a lot of effort? Learning how to learn is a crucial skill that can help you overcome these challenges and achieve your goals. In this post, we'll discuss the science behind effective learning and memory, and explore various techniques and insights from books and sources to help you learn things deeply and quickly. Whether you're a student, professional, or anyone who wants to improve their learning skills, this post is for you. So let's dive in and learn how to learn!
First, let's talk about why learning how to learn is so important. Many people approach learning as a chore, something they have to do to get good grades or advance in their career. But what if I told you that by mastering the science of learning, you can actually make learning more enjoyable and efficient?
To understand how to make learning easier and more effective, we need to dive into the science behind it. The brain is an incredibly complex device, with a million billion synapses where memories are stored. But how exactly do these memories get stored and retrieved?
How the Brain Works
To gain a better understanding of how memories are formed and retrieved, it is essential to delve into the intricacies of neurons and synapses. Neurons, as the fundamental building blocks of the brain, play a crucial role in the process of memory formation and retention. Synapses, on the other hand, are the interconnecting bridges that allow neurons to communicate with each other. When we learn something new, electrical signals are transmitted through these synapses, which in turn produce neurotransmitters responsible for the storage of memories
However, the process of memory formation is not just about having more synapses. It is also about the manner in which they are connected to one another. Different areas of the brain are responsible for various aspects of learning and memory. The hippocampus and frontal cortex, for instance, are involved in analyzing perceptions and deciding what information to store, while the amygdala plays a vital role in integrating emotions and memory. It is through the complex interplay of these different neural regions that memories are formed, stored, and retrieved.
How Memory Works
Memory is an intricate process that involves multiple stages. These stages are sensory, short-term, and long-term memory. Sensory memory is the first stage of memory that receives and processes fleeting impressions of your perceptions. It is responsible for holding raw information for a very short time, no more than a few seconds.
Short-term memory is the second stage of memory and is like a storage unit that holds about four chunks of information and lasts for 20-30 seconds. During this stage, the brain processes and stores the information currently in use, such as a phone number, an address, or a short message.
It is long-term memory that we tend to think of when we talk about memory. This stage is responsible for storing and retrieving information for an extended period. The long-term memory capacity is vast, and it is where the most important and meaningful memories are stored.
To move information from short-term to long-term memory, you need to use a technique called spaced repetition. This involves repeating what you're trying to retain over several days to strengthen the synaptic connections between neurons. However, it's not just about repetition - it's about encoding, storage, and retrieval processes. Encoding is the process of transforming information into a meaningful code that can be stored in memory, while storage is the process of retaining that information over time. Lastly, retrieval is the process of accessing stored information when needed.
Common Misconceptions about Learning and Memory
There are a number of myths and misconceptions surrounding the processes of learning and memory that can unfortunately hinder one's progress. One common misconception is that intelligence is a fixed trait and that one's memory or learning abilities cannot be improved. However, the reality is that anyone can improve their memory and learning skills through deliberate and consistent practice.
Another popular myth is the belief that taking breaks during learning or studying is a waste of time. However, in truth, taking breaks is an essential component of effective learning. When you take a break, your brain's diffuse mode works in the background, creating new neural connections and allowing you to see things from different perspectives, leading to better and more comprehensive learning.
By understanding the science behind learning and memory, one can approach the process of learning with a more positive mindset and focus on utilizing effective strategies. With the right techniques, anyone can learn new information deeply and quickly, making the process of learning a more enjoyable and rewarding experience. In addition, there are many tools and resources available to help one improve their learning and memory abilities, including mind mapping, mnemonic devices, spaced repetition, and more.
Techniques for Effective Learning
Now that we've busted some myths, it's time to explore some tried-and-true techniques for effective learning. These techniques involve taking advantage of the way our brains naturally process and store information. Let's dive in!
Recall is an effective strategy for improving memory retention because it strengthens the synaptic connections between neurons. Essentially, when you actively retrieve information from memory, you are exercising your brain and making it easier to retrieve the information in the future. This technique can be thought of as lifting weights for your brain, and just like with physical exercise, consistent practice is key.
To effectively use recall in your study routine, start by actively testing yourself on the material you are trying to learn. For example, if you are studying for a history exam, try to recall important dates and events without looking at your notes. This will help to exercise the neural pathways associated with that information and make it easier to remember in the future. Another effective technique is to use flashcards, which allow you to actively retrieve information from memory and test yourself on specific concepts or terms.
The reason why recall is so effective for improving memory retention is because it strengthens the synaptic connections between neurons. When you repeatedly retrieve information from memory, you are essentially reinforcing the neural pathways associated with that information. This makes it easier to retrieve the information in the future, because the pathways have been strengthened and the information is easier to access.
In addition to recall, there are other strategies that can improve memory retention. Spaced repetition is one such strategy, which involves repeating what you're trying to retain over several days to strengthen synaptic connections. Chunking is another strategy, which involves piecing together bits of information through meaning and usage. This allows you to tie meaning to a concept or idea and make it more memorable. By incorporating these techniques into your study routine, you can optimize your learning and retain information more effectively.
Spaced repetition is a powerful technique that can be used to improve your ability to retain information. It involves repeating what you are trying to remember over several days to strengthen synaptic connections in your brain. The technique, much like watering a plant, requires the right amount of repetition at the right intervals to achieve optimal growth.
To effectively use spaced repetition, it is important to first create a schedule of when and how often to repeat the material. For example, if you are trying to memorize a list of vocabulary words in a foreign language, you might start by studying the words for a few minutes each day for a week. Then, you might repeat the list of words every other day for the next two weeks, and then once a week for the following month. This spaced repetition schedule allows for optimal growth of synaptic connections in your brain, improving your ability to retain the information.
Another example of spaced repetition in action is when learning to play a musical instrument. Instead of practicing for hours on end, it is often more effective to practice for shorter periods of time, with breaks in between to allow your brain to consolidate the new information. By spacing out your practice sessions and repeating the material over several days, you can improve your ability to retain the information and improve your overall skill level.
Spaced repetition works because it takes advantage of the brain's natural learning processes. When you learn something new, your brain creates new synapses between neurons to store the information. However, these synapses are relatively weak at first and can easily be forgotten. By repeating the material over several days, the synapses become stronger and more permanent, making it easier to recall the information later on. This technique also helps to prevent forgetting by refreshing the memory at regular intervals, further strengthening the synaptic connections in your brain.
Interleaving is a highly effective technique for learning and practicing skills or concepts. It involves mixing up different types of problems or materials, which can help you to better retain and apply the information. The key to effective interleaving is to ensure that you are constantly switching between different types of problems or materials in a way that allows your brain to make new connections between ideas and to think in a more flexible and adaptable way. This can lead to deeper understanding and more efficient learning.
For example, if you are trying to learn a new language, you might start by practicing basic vocabulary and grammar rules. However, instead of simply repeating the same exercises over and over again, you could try interleaving different types of exercises, such as practicing vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension in quick succession. This would force your brain to constantly switch between different types of problems, which would help you to better retain and apply the information.
Another example of interleaving is in sports training. Instead of performing the same drills over and over again, athletes can benefit from mixing up their training routine. For instance, a basketball player might practice shooting, dribbling, and passing in quick succession, rather than focusing on a single skill for an extended period of time. This would force the player to adjust to different types of challenges and think in a more flexible and adaptable way, which would ultimately improve their overall performance.
The reason why interleaving is so effective is that it forces your brain to constantly switch between different types of problems, which helps to build new neural connections and reinforce existing ones. By constantly challenging your brain to adapt to new situations, you are training it to be more flexible and adaptable, which can lead to deeper understanding and more efficient learning. Additionally, interleaving can help to prevent boredom and keep you engaged in the learning process, which can ultimately lead to better overall outcomes.
Mnemonics are an effective memory aid that can help you remember information by creating associations between the information you want to remember and other things that you already know. This technique works because the brain is naturally wired to remember things that are meaningful and connected to other information.
One way to use mnemonics is to create a memorable sentence or acronym that represents a list of items. For example, to remember the colors of the rainbow in order, you can use the acronym ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). Another way to use mnemonics is to create a memorable image that represents a concept. For example, to remember the difference between weather and climate, you can imagine a man holding an umbrella (weather) while standing next to a tree (climate).
To use mnemonics effectively, it's important to create associations that are vivid, meaningful, and easy to remember. You should also try to use mnemonics in a way that makes sense to you personally. For example, if you have a strong association between a particular food and a memory, you can use that food in your mnemonic to help you remember the information.
Overall, mnemonics are a powerful tool that can help you remember information more effectively. By creating associations between new information and things you already know, you can improve your memory and recall more easily.
The Memory Palace technique is an excellent mnemonic strategy that can be utilized to improve memory. This technique involves creating a mental map of a familiar location, such as your home or workplace, and associating each item that you want to remember with a specific location in that place. By doing so, you can significantly improve your ability to remember things.
To effectively use this technique, start by selecting a location that you are familiar with and that has a specific structure, such as a house or a building. Next, imagine yourself walking through the location and identify specific objects or landmarks that stand out to you. For example, if you choose your apartment, you could associate the couch with the color red, the dining table with a vase of flowers, and the kitchen with the smell of coffee.
Once you have identified these landmarks, you can associate each item that you want to remember with a specific location in your mental map. For instance, if you want to remember a list of grocery items, you can associate each item with a specific location in your home. For example, you can associate apples with the fruit bowl on your kitchen counter, bread with the bread box on your kitchen shelf, and milk with the refrigerator in your kitchen. By doing so, when you need to recall the items, you can simply visualize your mental map of your home and recall the location of each item.
This technique is effective because it leverages the power of visualization and association. By associating each item with a specific location in your mental map, you create a visual and spatial representation of the information in your mind. This makes it easier for you to recall the information later because your brain has formed strong connections between the items and the locations. With practice, you can use this technique to remember even long lists of items, and impress your friends and colleagues with your newfound memory skills.
Chunking is a technique for memorizing information by grouping it into smaller chunks, making it easier to remember. For example, if you need to memorize a phone number, you might chunk it into three groups of numbers, like 555-123-4567. This makes it easier to remember because it's easier to remember three smaller chunks than one long string of digits.
Another example of chunking is breaking down a larger concept into smaller, more manageable pieces. For instance, if you're trying to learn a new programming language, you might start by breaking it down into smaller components, such as syntax, data types, and control structures. Once you've mastered these smaller chunks, you can start piecing them together to gain a better understanding of the language as a whole.
Chunking is effective because it makes it easier for the brain to process and store information. When information is presented in smaller, more manageable chunks, it's easier for the brain to process and remember. Additionally, chunking helps to create meaningful connections between pieces of information, making it easier to recall them later.
To effectively use chunking, it's important to give the task your undivided attention and then find the overall big picture and key ideas. You can perform a quick picture walk-through of your material, and anything that stands out is usually important. You should then provide context for your ideas and concepts to know when to use them. Finally, you want to tie auditory hooks to your memory by speaking about it out loud with self-explanation.
Overall, chunking is a powerful technique for learning and memorization because it makes information more manageable and easier to process. By breaking down larger concepts into smaller, more manageable chunks, you can make it easier for your brain to process and store information, making it easier to recall later on.
Self-explanation is a powerful learning technique that can be used in a variety of contexts. One way to effectively use self-explanation is to ask "why" questions when encountering a new concept. For example, if you are learning about the concept of photosynthesis, you might ask yourself, "Why do plants need sunlight in order to produce energy?" By asking and answering these types of questions, you are actively engaging with the material and promoting the formation of new connections between ideas.
Another way to use self-explanation is to relate new concepts to what you already know. For example, if you are learning a new language and come across a new word, you might try to relate it to a word in your native language that has a similar meaning. This can help you remember the new word and also reinforce your understanding of the concept it represents.
Finally, self-explanation can be used to identify gaps in your understanding. For example, if you are reading a complex scientific article and come across a term or concept that you don't fully understand, you might try to explain it to yourself in your own words. If you can't explain it, that might be an indication that you need to go back and review the material or seek additional resources.
The reason why self-explanation is such an effective learning technique is that it encourages individuals to actively engage with the material and construct new knowledge by relating it to what they already know. By creating a dialogue with oneself, one is able to identify gaps in their understanding and clarify their thinking, leading to a more thorough and integrated understanding of the material. Essentially, self-explanation is like having a conversation with your own brain, which can be a powerful tool in the learning process.
Elaborative interrogation is a powerful technique that can help you improve your learning process by asking yourself "why" questions and trying to come up with a detailed explanation. This process can be thought of as trying to be a detective in your own mind, where you are constantly trying to uncover new clues and piece together the information you already have. Here are a few examples of how to effectively use this technique:
- When studying history, ask yourself why certain events occurred and what factors led to them. Try to come up with a detailed explanation that takes into account all the relevant factors.
- When learning a new concept in science, ask yourself why it works the way it does, and try to come up with a detailed explanation that includes all the relevant principles and laws.
- When reading a novel, ask yourself why certain characters behave the way they do, and try to come up with a detailed explanation that considers their motivations and past experiences.
This technique works because it forces you to engage with the material on a deeper level and make connections with other ideas. By asking yourself why something is true, you are actively processing the information and creating new neural connections. This process helps you to remember the information better and understand it more deeply. Furthermore, the process of elaborative interrogation helps to overcome illusions of understanding by exposing gaps in knowledge and highlighting areas that need further clarification.
Moreover, these techniques can make learning more effective and enjoyable. Whether you are trying to learn a new language, improve your math skills, or expand your knowledge, these techniques can help you achieve your goals. Not only do they allow you to think more critically and creatively, but they also stimulate your brain in new ways and encourage you to explore different perspectives and ideas.
So, if you haven't tried these techniques yet, give them a try! You might be surprised at how much they can improve your learning experience. Your brain will certainly thank you for it!
Procrastination is a fascinating phenomenon that affects all of us in some way or another. It's like a monster that lurks inside our brains, always ready to pounce when we need to get something done. When we're faced with a task that we don't want to do, our brain associates it with pain, discomfort and stress. It's like our brain is telling us that this task is going to be hard and that we're going to have to work really hard to get it done. This is because the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for decision-making and cognitive control, is in charge of regulating behavior associated with goals. When faced with a difficult task, the prefrontal cortex sends signals to the amygdala, the part of the brain associated with emotion, to initiate a stress response. This stress response activates the release of cortisol, a hormone that is associated with the body's response to stress, and creates physical discomfort in our body. This discomfort is what we perceive as pain, and it's what makes procrastination so difficult to overcome.
To make matters worse, our brains are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. When we procrastinate, we turn to activities that give us immediate pleasure, like scrolling through social media or watching TV. These activities release dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. Our brains then begin to associate procrastination with pleasure, making it even harder to overcome.
So, how can we beat procrastination?
To beat procrastination, it's important to understand the habit loop consisting of a cue, routine, reward, and belief. Once you have identified the cues and rewards that drive your procrastination habits, you can develop strategies to override them. For example, if the cue for procrastination is checking social media, you can remove the social media app from your phone or block it during certain times of the day. If the reward for procrastination is watching TV, you can reward yourself with an episode of your favorite show after completing a task.
This technique works because it helps to rewire the neural pathways associated with procrastination. By changing the cues and rewards, you can change the behavior associated with the habit. Additionally, by developing new habits and routines, you can strengthen the neural pathways associated with those behaviors, making them more automatic and easier to perform over time. With practice, you can learn to override the procrastination habit and develop more productive habits that help you achieve your goals.
The Pomodoro technique is a time management method that involves breaking work into 25-minute intervals, called "pomodoros," followed by a 5-minute break. After four pomodoros, take a longer break of around 15-30 minutes. However, it is important to note that you do not have to follow this exact timing and can adjust the intervals to fit your needs.
The Pomodoro technique works because it helps you stay focused and avoid distractions. By breaking work into manageable intervals, you are less likely to become overwhelmed or lose focus. Additionally, the breaks allow your brain to rest and recharge, making it easier to stay productive throughout the day.
To effectively use the Pomodoro technique, start by identifying the task you want to complete. Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on the task until the timer goes off. Take a 5-minute break, then repeat the process. After four pomodoros, take a longer break to recharge. It can also be helpful to track your progress and make adjustments as needed. If you find that 25-minute intervals are too long or too short, adjust the intervals to fit your needs.
Here are a few concrete examples of how to use the Pomodoro technique:
- When studying for a test, break the material into manageable chunks and work on each chunk for 25 minutes at a time.
- When writing a paper, work on one section for 25 minutes, then take a break before moving on to the next section.
- When working on a project, break it down into smaller tasks and work on each task for 25 minutes at a time.
Overall, the Pomodoro technique is a simple but effective way to manage your time and stay focused on your work. Of course, you don’t have to follow 25/5 pomodoro. You can do 50/10, 45/15, etc. I wouldn’t recommend letting yourself study for more than one hour at a time however.
Journaling about your procrastination habits can help you identify triggers and develop strategies to overcome them. For example, if you find yourself procrastinating when faced with a difficult task, you could break it down into smaller, more manageable steps. By doing this, you can build momentum and gain a sense of accomplishment as you complete each step, which can help motivate you to continue working.
Time blocking is another effective technique for combating procrastination. To use this technique, you can break up your day into specific time slots and dedicate each slot to a specific task. For instance, you could block out two hours for writing a report, followed by a 30-minute break, then another two-hour block for responding to emails. This can help you stay focused and prevent distractions from derailing your progress. By scheduling specific tasks at specific times, you can create a sense of urgency and hold yourself accountable for completing them.
Both journaling and time blocking work by helping you stay organized and focused on your goals. By identifying the triggers that lead to procrastination and breaking your day into manageable tasks, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed and build the momentum you need to achieve your goals. Additionally, these techniques can help you develop a sense of control over your time and reduce the anxiety and stress that often accompany procrastination.
"Eat your frogs first" is a technique that involves tackling your most difficult or unpleasant task first thing in the morning when your willpower is at its strongest. This technique is effective because it helps to build momentum and make the rest of your day feel more manageable.
For example, if you have a project that you've been dreading, start your day by working on it for an hour or two. By doing so, you'll be able to make significant progress and feel a sense of accomplishment that will carry you through the rest of your day. Alternatively, if you have a difficult conversation that you've been putting off, schedule it for the beginning of your day when you're most alert and focused.
Another example of this technique in action is a writer who starts their day by writing their most challenging section first, such as the introduction or conclusion. By doing so, they build momentum and gain confidence that they can complete the rest of their work.
Overall, eating your frogs first is an effective technique because it helps you to break through procrastination and build momentum towards your goals. By tackling your most difficult or unpleasant task first, you'll be able to make progress and build confidence that will carry you through the rest of your day.
To effectively remove environmental triggers that lead to procrastination, you can take a few concrete steps. For example, if you find yourself constantly checking your phone when you should be studying, you can put your phone in another room or turn off notifications during your study sessions. Another example is to create a designated study space that is free from distractions, such as a library or a quiet room in your house. This can help you stay focused and avoid interruptions. Additionally, you can make your environment clean and organized by removing clutter and creating a clear workspace. This can help you feel more motivated and focused on your goals.
The reason this technique works is that it helps reduce the distractions that can lead to procrastination. By removing environmental triggers, you are creating an environment that is conducive to studying and learning. This can help you stay focused on your tasks and avoid the temptations that can derail your progress. Additionally, by creating a clean and organized workspace, you are signaling to your brain that it is time to focus and be productive. This can help you get into the right mindset for learning and studying.
In summary, beating procrastination is all about understanding the habit loop, pomodoro, identifying your triggers, and developing strategies to override them. By using techniques like journaling, time blocking, and eating your frogs first, you can stay focused and make progress towards your learning goals. So the next time you find yourself procrastinating, remember that you have the power to take control of your habits and achieve your dreams. Your brain will thank you for it!
Lifestyle Choices That Improve Memory
Now that we've covered some techniques for learning more deeply and efficiently, let's talk about some lifestyle choices that can help improve your memory even further. These tips are designed to help you take care of your brain and optimize its performance, so that you can learn and remember more effectively.
Exercise has been shown to have numerous benefits for brain health and cognitive function, including improved memory. But how exactly does exercise help improve memory? One theory is that exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which helps to nourish brain cells and promote the growth of new neurons. Additionally, exercise has been shown to increase the production of certain chemicals in the brain, such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is important for the growth and survival of neurons.
To effectively use exercise to improve memory, it's important to engage in cardiovascular exercise that gets your heart rate up and increases blood flow to the brain. This can include activities such as running, cycling, swimming, or brisk walking. It's also important to make exercise a regular part of your routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
Finally, it's important to stay motivated and make exercise a fun and enjoyable part of your routine. Find activities that you enjoy and that you look forward to, and try to make exercise a social activity by finding a workout buddy or joining a group fitness class. By making exercise a regular and enjoyable part of your routine, you can reap the many benefits it has to offer for both your body and your brain.
Meditation is a powerful tool for improving memory and cognitive function. This ancient practice has been used for centuries to help people calm their minds and improve their focus. Recent research has shown that meditation can actually change the structure of the brain, improving memory and attention span. To effectively use this technique, start by finding a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. Sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor, with your back straight and your eyes closed. Focus on your breath and try to clear your mind of all other thoughts. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath. Start with just a few minutes each day and gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable with the practice.
One reason why meditation can improve memory is that it helps reduce stress and anxiety, which are known to impair memory function. Additionally, meditation can increase the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for memory and learning. This can lead to better memory consolidation and recall.
To illustrate the effectiveness of meditation for memory improvement, a study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara found that participants who meditated for just 10 minutes a day for two weeks showed significant improvements in working memory and executive function compared to a control group. Another study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that a mindfulness meditation program improved memory, attention, and cognitive flexibility in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.
In conclusion, meditation is a simple yet powerful technique for improving memory and cognitive function. By reducing stress and anxiety, increasing the size of the hippocampus, and improving memory consolidation and recall, meditation can help you reach your learning goals and achieve success.
Eating certain foods can promote brain health and improve memory. For example, blueberries are high in antioxidants that protect brain cells from damage and inflammation, while salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that support brain function and improve memory. Nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, contain vitamin E that helps prevent cognitive decline and enhance memory recall. Additionally, dark chocolate contains flavonoids that improve blood flow to the brain, which can boost cognitive function.
These brain-boosting foods work by providing essential nutrients that nourish the brain and promote the growth of new neurons. Antioxidants, for example, protect the brain from damage and inflammation caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells. Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, are important for brain function and can improve memory by supporting the growth of new neurons and enhancing communication between brain cells. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and can help prevent cognitive decline by protecting the brain from damage. Finally, flavonoids in dark chocolate can improve blood flow to the brain, which can boost cognitive function.
To effectively use this technique, it is important to incorporate brain-boosting foods into your diet regularly. Snack on a handful of almonds or blueberries, include salmon in your meals, and indulge in a square of dark chocolate every now and then. It is also important to maintain a balanced and healthy diet overall and to exercise regularly, as physical activity has been linked to improved brain function and memory.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for memory consolidation and cognitive function. To effectively use this technique, it's important to establish a regular sleep schedule and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Avoiding caffeine and screens before bedtime and creating a relaxing sleep environment can also help you fall asleep more easily.
One concrete example of how to incorporate this technique into your routine is to set a specific bedtime and wake-up time, and stick to it every day. This will help regulate your body's internal clock and make it easier to fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day. Another example is to avoid stimulating activities before bedtime, such as watching TV or using electronic devices, which can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.
The reason why sleep is so important for memory consolidation is that during sleep, the brain processes and consolidates memories, making it easier to remember what you've learned and make connections between different pieces of information. Additionally, getting enough sleep can improve cognitive function, including attention, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities. In contrast, not getting enough sleep can lead to fatigue, poor memory retention, and decreased cognitive function.
Other Lifestyle Changes
Adding new activities to your routine can be a great way to improve your memory and cognitive function. In fact, there are numerous activities that can be beneficial for your brain health and cognitive abilities.
For example, playing chess is a popular activity that can help to improve your problem-solving skills and strategic thinking abilities. It is a game that requires you to think ahead and anticipate your opponent's moves, which can help to challenge your brain in new ways. Similarly, learning a new instrument can be a great way to challenge your brain and promote the growth of new neurons. It requires you to learn new skills, such as reading music, playing different chords, and developing your sense of rhythm. All of these skills can help to stimulate your brain and improve cognitive function.
In summary, by making some simple lifestyle changes, you can improve your memory and cognitive function. Exercise, meditation, brain-boosting foods, sleep, and other activities can all help to promote brain health and improve memory. So, take care of your brain, and it will take care of you!
I posted last night about tiktok and woke up this morning to his private browser being open. He was in the mood last night but I wasn’t so I’m assuming after I went to bed he went to the bathroom. The tabs were cleared but in the past he’s only ever used private browsing for one thing. I feel so sick over this :(
I wish Days Gone wasn’t a post-apocalypse story.
Although the team did a fantastic job, I think they would have crushed a full on “Mongrels MC” game with Deacon.
Lots of potential for a series.
Alas it’s but a fantasy.
I (F24) was at the lake kayaking with my friend (F23). On this lake, there is a liquor store (I used to work at this store a year prior) and we decided to pick up a 6 pack of twisted tea. We walk in and greet the cashier, head right to the coolers, then head to the register. The lady asked for both of our ID's which is normal and we both gave her our drivers licenses. She looks at my friend and tells her she needs a secondary piece of ID as she doesn't believe it's her on the first piece. My friend luckily had another photo ID and also gave her a credit card just to get it over with. The lady pushed her credit card away and rudely said "I didn't ask for this".
She gave the ID's back to my friend and then demanded I give her another form of ID. I didn't have one but I had my credit card, which is sufficient as a secondary piece of ID in my country. She refused to take the card and said "get the f*** out of my store". and refused to give me my ID back claiming it was fake. I was beyond shocked and asked to speak to her manager. She refused and said her manager doesn't allow minors in. I asked her to show me how my ID was fake and she held it up to demonstrate and I snatched it out of her hand and walked away. She chased after my friend and I into the parking lot and I told her I would pepper spray her if she continued. She left.
I later called and asked to speak with the manager (who I know and worked for) and told her what happened. She was very kind and apologetic. She let me know that her employee is currently struggling with personal issues which is why she treated us poorly. In the heat of the conversation, I let the manager know that I will not be returning as she was trying to hold my ID hostage. She had a chat with the cashier and called me back and asked me if I threatened her, and I admitted to saying I'd pepper spray her and explained it was because she was following me and called me names.
The manager watched the footage and then fired the lady. The lady then went on facebook onto our community page and posted a rant about how "2 entitled girls harrassed me and caused me to lose my job and now I can't pay for my kids medical treatment". I will admit I feel back but I also don't. AITA??
Moving to a new apartment in a month and I want to forward my mail in the coming weeks. The issue is my apartment is technically #1 (on the lease, registered in town database, on the door) BUT on the USPS website there are only options A, B, C. I’d imagine I’m A…but even so won’t this cause issues with verifying identities / receiving official government mail going forward?
It’s strange the usps auto populated search only gives me those 3 options of A,B,C….is there a way to bypass this and put #3? Not even sure what would be on my drivers license at this point.
There are only 3 units in the building…so I wonder if this will cause issue or cause mail to be lost…
hi i just need to make this post to rant and discuss with people or anyone who likes this period of history and it’s been on my mind a while now.
i love the franks, the history of them, heard heaps of audiobooks on them, about charlemagne etc. So when siege of paris was announced i was excited to see how they would handle the new culture introduced. It’s now a long time later with Mirage approaching and I just need to talk this through: The ‘French’ accent being used by King Charles the Frank and Queen Richardis doesn’t feel right to me.
The representation of an accent implies that the original language being spoken is Old French or Late Vulgar Gallo-Latin and we are just witnessing a ‘translation’ through the animus. However not only does that not make sense - is Eivor supposed to be multilingual - but Karl der Grosse and Rikardis should not be French. They were Franks, a true Germanic noble family. Richardis was from the Alsace Bavarian nobility… Charlemagne and his son Louis the Pious spoke Frankish Germanic as their first language.
The Franks who ruled from Paris had close ties with Bavarian and Eastern Frankish noble families. It doesn’t sit right with me they have been given a simplified modern cliche French accent when a German sounding or Dutch sounding accent would be more appropriate.. thoughts?
Feels like a very silly thing to post, but I’ve got nothing to lose here lol.
Here’s the situation: I’m at a bar (25M) with a guy friend (24M). We’re hanging out playing darts. Both very competitive so the game got a little rowdy, but we’re having a great time.
There was another dart board right next to ours. A couple there playing their own game. The girl and the guy with her both looked about my age, maybe the guy was a few years older.
I’d been at the beach with family most of the day so I’m dressed pretty much like an asshole. Sleeveless tank top on, dark shades indoors, baseball cap, basketball shorts. Really not expecting anyone to approach me like this.
Pretty soon into our game the girl comes over and smiles at me and asks about our dart game. We start chatting, I notice she’s incredibly gorgeous. She had a strong resemblance to Shakira. The guy she’s with looked like a poor man’s Paul Rudd LOL.
Throughout the night she’d try and make little jokes and references with the guy and he wouldn’t get it. Then I’d chime in laughing or showing I’m on the same page. She came over to our game a 3-4 more times and we talked about music and our hometowns and we found out our apartments are maybe 2min from each other. As we’re talking, completely out of nowhere she grabbed my left bicep and squeezed it… her guy is off to the side just like awkwardly waiting for her to come back so out of respect I’m trying not to flirt too obviously… but she then grabs my other bicep and squeezes it with no explanation lmao.
This entire night whenever I’d try and make solo convo with the girl the guy she was with would come up behind her and hold her like showing me “hey she’s mine, bro.” I waited for a moment to exchange contacts with her once the guy went to the bathroom or something but he just wouldn’t leave LOL. I know going after someone else’s partner is a gross despicable thing to do. But in my defense it was REALLY hard to see the connection they had. They shared nothing in common (that I overheard) and for the most part she initiated with me!
Am I delusional or did this incredibly hot stranger at the dart board have a lil crush on me?