This week, I'd like to share a guide to using Anki, an app that has literally changed my life.
If you're not familiar with Anki, it is a flashcard app that utilises spaced repetition and active recall to help you learn better. You can do your flashcards on your phone, by tapping your spacebar, and even with a game controller!
I do it every morning, and it's like playing a memory game!
Using Anki has allowed me to study better in medical school, so I've never really struggled with the work-life balance aspect of medical school thanks to it.
I also learnt about the importance of connecting our ideas, and how we can make ideas 'mate' to create idea 'babies'.
2 Things From Me
Make Learning a Game: A Beginner's Guide to Anki - In this article, I explore why we should use Anki and how to get started with Anki
How to Connect our Ideas - My notes from the Collector to Creator Couse on how to Connect our Ideas
3 Things I Discovered
Mental models are frameworks for thinking. They simplify complex things so your brain can reason through them. They are shortcuts through the noise. You use them to make good decisions without needing to know everything about a situation.
Musk, Bezos, Buffet, and others are on record talking about this extreme importance of mental models. The problem is nobody is listening.
From the book Tiny Habits by B. J. Fogg
Here’s an easy way to differentiate behaviors from aspirations and outcomes: A behavior is something you can do right now or at another specific point in time. You can turn off your phone. You can eat a carrot. You can open a textbook and read five pages. These are actions that you can do at any given moment. In contrast, you can’t achieve an aspiration or outcome at any given moment. You cannot suddenly get better sleep. You cannot lose twelve pounds at dinner tonight. You can only achieve aspirations and outcomes over time if you execute the right specific behaviors. I’ve found that people don’t naturally think in terms of specific behaviors, and this tendency trips up almost everyone.
While death anxiety is the fear of running out of time, time anxiety is the fear of wasting your time. It’s an obsession about spending your time in the most meaningful way possible. And when society tells us—or when we interpret signs from society as saying—that it’s too late to achieve a particular goal, we don’t perceive it as meaningful enough. We need—we demand—that what we do with our lives actually matters.https://nesslabs.com/time-anxiety
Thanks for reading!