On procrastinating, testing yourself and being busy

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Happy new year! I haven’t been publishing any newsletters lately to take a break, but now I’m back and energised to share what I learned.

Here are 6 things from me, 2 quotes I’m pondering on and 1 question for you.


6 Things From Me

Go From Procrastination to Studying

Everybody procrastinates, but did you know our brains were wired for that? Thanks to evolutionary reasons, we’re stuck with brains that like to procrastinate. This post is how I avoid procrastinating studying for medical school.

The Power of Active Recall

Active recall is simply is the best method to improve your learning and memory. This is an article about why active recall works, and how to utilise it.

Digital Garden

This is my public Roam database, where I’ll be sharing my notes on ideas I’ve read in books, articles and podcasts. I’ll tend my digital garden weekly, so do check it out!

This Post is Coming!

I’m still in writing notes for the Collector to Creator Course, hopefully, I’ll get it done by next week. In the meantime, check out the notes I’ve already written in my digital garden.

How To Make Online Classes Bearable

While online classes mean you can watch your lectures at 2 times speed, it has its pitfalls too. This post is how I try to make online classes bearable as a medical student.

My 2020 Annual Review

My annual review is a medley of things that went well, what didn’t go so well and what I learnt in 2020. I highly recommend that you reflect on your 2020 too!


2 Quotes I’m Pondering On

  1. Tim Ferriss on being busy

Being busy is not the same as being productive. In fact, being busy is a form of laziness - lazy thinking and indiscriminate action

Source: The 4 Hour Work Week

  1. Derek Sivers on information overload

“If more information was the answer, then we'd all be billionaires with perfect abs.”

Source: Tim Ferriss Show episode with Derek Sivers


1 Question For You

What are the 20% of your daily tasks that leads to 80% of your happiness?


Thanks for reading!