Kiran Khannas a Nuclear Engineer, a die-hard blogger, and writes an article on personality/skills development for the leadership roles.
Power of reflection, implementation and sharing
Meaning if you spend 5 mins in reading, watching and listening to a media, you should spend 2 mins in reflecting on how you can use this learning, next 6 mins in implementing this learning and another 2 mins in sharing or preserving this learning. This way you can keep converting your efforts to enhance your productivity and keep improving.
I will give you my example to explain these simple terms
The problem I see in my reading approach so far and what I could learn from my failure to take any benefits is because I was making myself overwhelmed with tons of digital information overload with zero absorption. I listen to many podcast, YouTube Channels and read books, but if I introspect what I gained. I would say, yeah the book was nice to read. I don`t remember anything substantial.
What I could conclude is:
I need to revamp my output approach. I am taking much of digital information, but I reflect none of this information as output. I invest time in working with these pieces of information, but it does not translate to useful insights. I forget what I read or what all inputs I have absorbed.
I have the motivation to read and also have a positive mindset, but I do not have any methods to implement it.
What I could make out is having the right mindset with the right motivation, and coupled with the right method will do wonders. I have positive intention to read one book per week, and also have right motivation since I know what benefits this will going to give me, but if I do not have the correct method of reading. I cannot achieve my target of reaping the benefits of reading one book per week, despite having excellent motivation. I am not converting my time and efforts to useful outputs.
I started asking myself while I was taking information from blogs, books, podcasts, YouTube, etc.
- How can I use it? (Spending time and taking poise to reflect on the information)
- Why must I use this? ( Relate this with the need, if not feel the need, go ahead)
- When can I use this? (If answer to question 2 is yes, how ahead and decide when you can use this - action plan)
I started using Microsoft OneNote to capture my takeaway from whatever story I read. This way, I am using creative mind work, and I started getting benefits. Having said this, this does not mean you apply to everything and anything. Like if you are reading a book to get a nice sleep, your intention is not to gain but just enjoy the reading, that is okay.
For example, I started getting many excellent sites which can help me in improving my grammar or websites, which can help me for headline improvement. I started bookmarking in my chrome web browser as writing tools.
I keep adding to this folder the links to the story that gives me writing tips so I can retrieve this afterwards. This way next time when I am writing, I go to the writing folder and check on websites which can help me.
In OneNote, I started capturing the screenshot of an important part so I can reuse the learning in my writing. I saw the benefits of this, and eventually; I find I have informative tools to help me in my journaling.
The point I am making here, it is not the number of audio podcasts, YouTube or books I read that matters instead what matters is how much time and efforts I am spending to reflect, implement and share the learning.
Power of Sharing
I am sharing my learning to my followers here at this site or to my colleagues. This way, I am implementing and will never forget this great learning. Sharing is a great way to store your learning to long term memory.
By sharing what I am doing, I learned to focus on my creative mind, I am improving my productivity substantially.
I require focusing on what I learn which I must use and know when can I use the learning gained.
In my earlier example, I am clear that I can use these websites. I learned from one story on writing tips, and also I know when I can use this while creating my next writing.
I started doing the same for books. On the left side I scribble my notes from my reading, and in the right portion I use my creative mind to answer how can I use, why must I use this and when I can use this information.
Another good learning to enhance my reading and productivity, I stopped doing sub vocalisations to avoid being stagnant at my speaking speed of 140 words per minute. One effective way is to interrupt me by counting numbers while reading, to stop the habit of sub vocalisation while I read. It has worked for me dramatically. The sub vocalisations habit is hard to go since this is that we learned in our education system while learning to read.
Release Tension and Set Intention
Next productivity improvement tool I learned is to manage a transition from Brendon Burchard. Release tension and set an intention in every transition. In my example, if I want to transition from reading the book to writing the story, I will close my eyes for a minute and release my stress or tensions by feeling my different parts of the body like shoulder, neck, legs and say release. Say release tension in the mind. I just focus on each part of my body and breathe deeply.
The aim is to release some tension — and it does not have to be all the tension in my life!
Once I did this for a minute or two, I set my intention on what I am going to write. This means to think about what I want to feel and achieve in my writing. This will bring energy into my writing. I am asking myself, how can I enjoy this process. Maybe by changing my place of writing or preparing a nice soup. How can I enjoy the process?.
This way I remain extremely productive by resetting my earlier task learning and setting the right intention for the next writing task.
I practice this simple activity deliberately throughout the day to better manage my stress and gain more presence. Believe me, it's remarkably powerful.
I started doing this before and after exercise before I pick up the phone to call someone before I write an email to my boss, and before I do a meeting.
Focus on the refection, implementation and sharing to improve productivity.
Work on conversions of your discrete inputs to useful output patterns by methods of reflecting, implementing, and sharing.
Next time you listen, watch or read and have an intention to gain. Have your notebook with you to work on your creative mind for the outputs for all the digital information you are listening.
Focus on using your creative mind and do release your tension and set the right intention.
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