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Design an Information Diet Plan with a Watercolor Flowchart

Timothy Kenny, Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

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18 Lessons (2h 34m)
    • 1. Welcome - How to Design an Information Diet Plan

      1:06
    • 2. The Basics of A Good Information Diet

      7:21
    • 3. Your Learning Habits and the 8x3 Model

      5:38
    • 4. How to Spend Your Learning Time Each Week

      7:49
    • 5. The Different Types of Information

      9:57
    • 6. Outlining Your Flowchart

      5:56
    • 7. Example 1 - Learning From Images and Keeping Them Organized

      2:43
    • 8. Example 2 - Learning From Books and The Transition to Notes

      4:06
    • 9. Example 3 - Learning From Quora and User Generated Content

      6:49
    • 10. Draft of Final Flowchart Part 1

      19:39
    • 11. Draft of Final Flowchart Part 2

      14:11
    • 12. Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 1

      19:45
    • 13. Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 3

      7:10
    • 14. Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 2

      4:18
    • 15. Painting the Final Flowchart Part 1

      6:00
    • 16. 0556

      19:25
    • 17. 0556

      11:16
    • 18. 0556

      1:04

About This Class

In this course, you’ll learn how to design an information diet that will serve you well for the rest of your life. You’ll start out by learning how an information diet works, and what items you should cut out or reduce significantly.Then we’ll go over how to improve your diet by adding new information formats. Finally, you’ll learn how to turn your information diet into a beautiful one page flowchart and paint it with watercolors.

Transcripts

1. Welcome - How to Design an Information Diet Plan: welcome to this course on how to design an information diet plan. In this course, we're gonna be drawing flow charts and we start out on scratch paper like this just so we can get a basic idea of what we're going to do. But eventually we're gonna move toe watercolor paper, and I'm gonna show you how to do watercolors and really make it look good. This is something that you might want to frame. You might wanna hang up somewhere because it's going to be a permanent reminder of how to manage your information diet. Just like with 80% your health, 80% of the muscle that you build actually comes from your diet, not the exercise you do in the same way a lot of your learning comes down to. What are you feeding your mind every day? There's a lot of strategies to how to do things faster, how to do things better. But it all starts with what are you feeding your mind? So in this course, we're gonna be creating a flow chart of what your your information diet is and then getting clear on the changes you should make and then solidifying that and finalizing it in a piece of artwork 2. The Basics of A Good Information Diet: in this video, we're going to go for the basics information, diet and looking at what your information dye is made up of. Right now, the first distinction is between digital and print. This is really important because a lot of people are going more and more towards digital, and with print there's a huge advantage, which is that you can annotate. So with print, you're looking at books periodic ALS, which are newspapers, magazines, those kind of things. There's documents that you print out yourself, so a pdf would be a good example of that. Those are the basic things that you're gonna be reading via paper. Then there's digital and digital is a combination of text, audio video and one that a lot of people forget, which is pictures. Google images is one of the best ways to get started learning a new subject because you're able to find frameworks are able to find systems. So this is the beginning of what is your digital versus print information diet, where you spending most of your time and one of the key differentiators is annotation because if you can't annotate when you're reading something that's in print, then you're gonna have a really tough time getting back to that later on and speeding, getting a space repetition without completely re reading the entire thing. That's why notes air so important. That's why annotations air so important. Annotations air Really the first set of notes that you should be doing So they are a type of notes, but their type of notes that you're doing on the original piece of paper where you're reading whereas every other type of note, is something that you're doing on a separate piece of paper, either in your computer or in a mole skin or notebook or something else like that. Number two is speed. So often times, and not just speed but cost. So often times getting something digitally is gonna be a lot faster than getting it in print, and so that's a major advantage. It also oftentimes costs less to get something digitally. The downside is, you can't annotate, so you're enough to go back later, or you're gonna have to take notes while you're consuming that information. So I want you to think of two different kind of areas of your life for two different habitual learning patterns that you get into one right here is when you're sitting down at a desk or somewhere else, where you can take notes and really focus on one thing and put all of your focus into that . Learning. The other time is when it's it's passive learning. You're you're listening to something or you're on the train or you're in the car and you're reading something on your phone or your reading something on your Kindle or you're listening to an audiobook or you're watching a set of videos like the one that you're watching right now. So unless you're taking notes, you're basically doing passive learning. Passive learning has its benefits, but it also has serious drawbacks because to get space repetitions your enough to do a complete repeat of that content multiple times and you waste a ton of time. I'll give you a quick example. But say reading a book cost you five hours, or that's how much time you're investing. You're gonna have to do multiple repetitions on this. After two weeks, you're gonna forget 50% after two months, 90%. So you're gonna have to do a spaced repetition somewhere in this times that you can get back to 90 to 100% and your enough to do that multiple times So this first time cost five hours. Next time. Five hours. Next time. Five hours. Next time, five hours. So let's say you do three repetitions. Your total investment of time is 20 hours. If you take notes instead of 20 hours, you're spending five hours the first time. One hour, one hour, one hour so eight hours total. So this is the kind of massive improvement you get when you're taking notes, or at least at minimum, annotating. It's very powerful because all these other all these other hours, you don't have to dio because you took your notes instead. So that's really important. Make sure that you're taking notes. A key part of your information diet is what are you doing with the information as it's passing through your brain? Because as it's passing through your brain, it's going through what we call working memory. And this is like the ram in your computer. It goes in and most of it goes out, and nothing's ever stored here permanently. And then there's what you can think of as your long term memory or your hard drive. Okay, so this is your internal hard drive in your brain, and you're getting some things and storing them and then retrieving them later on so that you can work on them in working memory. So this is your hard drive. And the problem is, most people, if they're not taking notes, things don't last. In this short term memory more than a few hours or a few days, most of it is getting lost. So the question is, what are you doing? So that you can get most of it into the your long term memory? And that's what accelerated learning and large part is about is making sure you're getting things into long term memory. And it's not just going in one year and going out the other, which for most people is actually the majority of the time they spend learning, is this process where they're getting about a 10 5 10% efficiency from what they're reading to what they long term retain from that time they spent learning. So this video shows you the important aspects of digital versus print, as well as the speed and the cost, advantages and disadvantages to these two points so you can do digital and then take notes on the side. You just have to be aware of. Most of us don't have those habits, so it's gonna be a new habit that you build. And when we're building this flow chart, we're based. We're going to start off here with what? Your main forms of information. What's your main way of processing it? And then how are you going to get the space repetitions you need so that it goes in tow? Your long term memory. So this whole process is basically working memory, and then this process is trying to get it into your long term memory, which is that hard drive I was talking about earlier. So eventually, this is where you want it. And we're doing all this work, all this learning just so we can eventually get it right here. So that's what we're gonna be talking about in the next video 3. Your Learning Habits and the 8x3 Model: in this video, we're gonna be talking about how to think about your day and you're learning habits. So the best way to do it is to think of your day as having three parts that are each roughly eight hours long. Okay, you have work? Yeah, personal. And then you have sleep. You need to be getting your sleep. So how do you How do these add up? Usually when you're working, you're not gonna have a ton of time to learn. You may be able to put things on the background. We may go to certain training events or conferences that your company pays for, or you may just have a job or you may have a company that you run that works with information all the time. So you're constantly learning new things, so sometimes you're going to be doing learning during work. But often times not so during sleep There's nothing you can dio personal is where comes down to where you carving out time where you deciding? Okay. I'm gonna learn every single day. Uh, before I go to sleep or when I wake up or when I get back from this or in the car or on the commute to and from work things like that. So you're gonna have to carve out time and think about basically when you're gonna feed your mind. And if that's a struggle for you, where it's hard to find the time where it's hard to find the time for the right things, then you should start out by looking for where you're doing the wrong things. So maybe you're spending time on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, instagram, Pinterest sites like that where you're really not getting anything done. And you just kind of get sucked into the site and then on our flies by and you have, and it felt like you were just spending a few minutes. So look for opportunities where you're already spending time on other things, and it's cut those out and replace them with new habits. So it's important to start there with how are you spending your time right now? And in order to free up, sometimes you can feed yourself, feed your mind, new information. You first have to find these opportunities. The second thing is looking at what formats are you using and are you making sure that you're taking notes, so it's find out certain situations like let's say you're in the car and you just don't have, uh, this is your Tesla, so you don't have time. Teoh. You can't be taking notes while you're in the car, which is basically 100% true. One thing you can do is use audio notes. So in your phone you can have something that just records audio. And that way you can take notes. Maybe you could pause the music record something, go back to nothing music but the audiobook or podcast that you're listening. Teoh. So generally audio is best. Audio is best when you have to be completely passive. That's for when you're just super tired or you're engaged in some other activity with video . I think a video is when I'm feeling Lacey like I'm about to go to sleep or I'm it laying in bed or I'm just I'm I don't have a lot of energy. That's when im going to go through video is when I'm tired. Text is usually what takes the most mental bandwidth along with pictures. Both of these you need tohave pictures you can get away with being a little bit more tired , but especially for text, you want to make sure that you're alert. So this is your most precious time right here. When you have that focus, when you can really think about something, process it. And as you're reading, you can construct new mental frameworks. You can connect new ideas to existing ideas, so start thinking about where you're spending your time right now. And how. What is your goal? How do you want to be spending your time? So let's say you have a commute that takes care of your audio. Maybe there's a few podcasts that you can consistently listen to. So look at how often those podcasts come out. How Maney podcast. You want to listen to how much of a backlog is there, and then you can figure out OK, how can I fit all this in? There's also other things you can do, like the Kindle can take a lot of books that air just Elektronik books made a text and read those out to you. So that's another thing you can do in the car. You kind of have to get used to the robotic voice. But after a certain amount of time. You just get used to it. So I've listened to really long books that I just couldn't I couldn't justify reading them any other way except audio during that passive time where I'm doing something else or I'm just super tired, right? I don't even want to have my eyes open. So these are the things you want to think about first is how much time do you have? Where is there some free time? How can you free up some time? Because if you don't have time, it really doesn't matter What else is going on? The next thing to think about is what formats do you usually learn in And maybe that should be changed somewhat. But for right now, think about how are you learning right now? And are you spending high quality time when you have that focus when you're alert when you have energy on things that don't necessarily require that and think about switching things up. So in your when you're in your prime learning state, you have the you're using it to its maximum potential 4. How to Spend Your Learning Time Each Week: in this video, we're gonna go a little bit deeper into this concept of time and how you're spending your time. So we're gonna conceptualize this box right here as how much time you have per week for learning, and we're just going to say eight hours per week. So basically one full work week work days worth of time each week should be spending learning new things, upgrading your skills in some way. So will break this down into eight hours. And this can be spread out over the seven days of the week. However you want, maybe you have a large chunk of time during the weekend and then four days of the week you do an hour, uh, going to work or coming home from work or after you get home reading before you go to sleep , things like that. And then during the weekend, maybe you're doing your space repetitions right here. So you're doing two hours on each of the weekends or one big chunk of time on one of the weekends. Maybe Sunday, Sunday afternoon. So now that you have a chunk of time, think about how do you want to spend this time what's important in learning. So how much of it should be spent on each of the major parts of your learning system? The first is research, so that's researching and finding new material that's worthwhile for you to learn. Maybe there's ideas that you have. I want to learn how to program. But I don't know what book to read. I don't know what language to program. I don't even know how to think about it, really? So you need to start researching to just answer those basic questions and figure out what you're going to read. Number two. I generally called speed reading, but it's really just consumption. This is where you're consuming information. So what types of information are you consuming? How are you consuming it? Maybe these four days of the week or four hours are spent mostly with passive learning. So that's on the commute while you're in the car, so you're not gonna be taking a lot of notes. This is lower priority stuff. Maybe it's right before you go to sleep. You're watching some videos, something like that. So this is lower priority or higher. Priority is going to be during the weekend, so what you doing during the weekend? Well, you could be spending some of that time like let's say you spend one hour on really serious consumption and the next one should be on note taking. So taking notes on this a lot of times is gonna be combined because you're gonna be reading a little bit or watching a little bit, taking notes, going back and forth. So that's the third thing is notes note taking. Then you have memorization, and the thing that makes memorization difficult is that you have to do space repetitions on on all the previous things that you've learned and at different intervals. You also need to spend a significant amount of time doing that. The fastest way to do your space repetitions and memorize things is toe already have notes created and have those notes organized in some way. So storage so memorization is just a method of storing things in your brain, but there's other ways of storing things. You can store it in a file cabinet. You can store it in a three ring binder. You can store it in, ah, in a bookshelf or on your computer, so there's a lot of different places where you can store information and your brain is just one of them. And things that are good for memorization are skills that you're going to constantly be using especially principles or repetitive task, where you really need to know that cold because you're gonna be making a lot of decisions taking what action based on those things. But there's a lot of other things where maybe you're only going to use it once or maybe every once in a great while. That's no worth spending time memorizing. So you should be thinking about what are my most important skills that I want to build right now. And how can I focus on those? A lot of people overwhelmed themselves, so it's like they go to the buffet and they want to fill up on every single thing, and they come out at the end of it with this plate that's just mountains of food on it, mountains of things they want to learn, and they really they can't eat it all, and so most of it just goes to waste, and then they feel overwhelmed by it, and they don't know what to do next. So don't let this be you don't let that be what you do. Instead get really focused on what's the number one skill you wanna learn right now? And to figure out what that number one skill is, you should be thinking about. If I could only change one thing and how I'm whatever. I'm how I'm living my life, how I'm working day today. What's that? One skill that could really change things that could open up a lot of new possibilities. Maybe it's in your business. What's that one change that's going to improve your bottom line the most? Or improve the long term health of your company or other areas of your life? So it could be the relationship aspect, your life you want to improve? Or maybe it's your own personal thing. Maybe it's something in your business or in your career, so there could be different areas where you're thinking about what is your number one. But ultimately, if you're if you're not, if you don't have a lot of time and you get really focused on what's the essential skill that you want to learn? Because it's very easy to get overloaded with all the different types of information. In the next video, we're gonna be talking about all those different options you have and why it's it can be so difficult to pare things down and fit it into the short amount of hours that you have small , minor hours. You have every single week to do all of these different aspects of it. So if you're at the beginning stages of one skill and at a final stage of another where you do memorization, then those air completely different tasks. And any time you're switching tasks, it makes it more difficult and you become or inefficient. So we're gonna be talking. This is in this video or after you watch this video. What you should be thinking about is how many hours can you realistically carve out per week? How many are you carving out right now and how are you going to use those? So how much of those air gonna be active versus passive? And the critical thing is, can you annotate? Can you get notes out of it? Because notes make it so much more efficient? Remember the last video? It's 20 hours versus eight hours getting those getting your initial reading and then the three space repetitions afterwards. So it so you can get 2.5 books done in the same time. You get one book done with the old method. That's why speed reading the way it's taught most places is so flawed because it doesn't take into account the massive forgetting that we dio and the repetitions having to repeatedly spear read the same thing as much less efficient, then making sure that you do these other things later on in the process. So in the next video, we're gonna be talking about all the different types of learning sources you can do kind of the different food groups and how to think about that, how to balance those out. 5. The Different Types of Information: in this video, we're gonna be talking about the different types of information and we'll start out with the simplest one, which is books. And you're gonna have print books and you're gonna have digital books and digital. Usually sometimes it will be a pdf, but usually it's going to be something on your E reader. Most of you are probably thinking Kindle or maybe have an iPad. So that's Number one is books. You're also gonna have other things that are shorter than books. Because thing about a book, oftentimes you're just gonna read a chapter that's equivalent to an essay in a magazine. Okay, so magazines and newspapers there's also Internet stuff. So there's blog's There's news websites. There's your got your starting in Facebook, and then somebody shared a link to a news article, and then you go off in all these other directions and you get completely lost. That's one of the dangers of things like Facebook, but these are other places where you're getting written content that some sort of official author has created. But it turns out there's another group, which is the way you can think about it is user generated, so people just people who aren't really publishing anything officially. So these air question answer sites, These are forums. These are places where you can find really high quality information, but it is easy to get lost. So one of the best things you can do with these anything you find online also, which is kind of down here. So these sorts of different online is prints these out, get it on paper, get off the computer, and then put this in a clipboard and use that clipboard to focus and keep different stacks . Another great thing to do is when you print something out, take the first page and at a tab of tape right there that's gonna keep it separated. So when you have multiple stacks of papers, they're all gonna have a tab in a slightly different place, and it's very easy to keep them separated even when they're stacked right on top of each other. So those are your written forms, then we have video, so you tube is the big one. But you also have the learning sites you have MOOCs, which are basically universities creating these and then you have places like you know me skill share other websites like that where it's more again user generated. It's not as professional. It's not as much as a professional product, so there's a lot of great stuff on YouTube. A lot of people don't take YouTube seriously. It's kind of in some ways it's kind of like its own little universe. There's people that know about it, and then there's people that don't audio. And then there's, of course, just independent video courses that you can buy on somebody's website. So for audio, there's audiobooks. Audible is £800 gorilla in that space. Um, Amazon recently bought them, and then you have podcasts and that's iTunes. Mostly, that's where that's really the place to go for audio. So these air your two main options. There's other things, like the teaching company. Bill Gates loves that they have audio and video versions of all their courses. You'll see them advertising and, like the New York Times, maybe in the Wall Street Journal. I'm not sure about that. Um, those were going to be your main video and audio options, and then you get two pictures. And, as I said before, people often forget about this. Their sites like Tumbler, Pinterest, Um, and then obviously Google images. And these are all great. Especially Pinterest is. There's some really, really, really great stuff on Pinterest, and to a certain extent it does depend on the niche pit. Pinterest, more than any other social site, is more women than men. So if if there's any sort of subject that you're learning that 10 staff, more women interested in it, Pinterest is gonna be really great for that. But I found so many super valuable infographics on Pinterest that really made things a lot easier to understand. One of the things I I should say that user generated is that people also don't give Facebook a fair break for how good some of the content is on Facebook. But it comes down to finding the right people finding the right groups. So if you're if you're looking at Facebook and and saying yourself well there, I really haven't been able to find anything good on Facebook. That's because you're not going out in seeking these groups and what's you meet somebody who tells you about these groups. The only other way to find them is through searching, so it's really important to go on Facebook and search. And also, any time you find somebody that's interesting, you should find them on Facebook. You should add them is a friend even if you don't know them, look at what groups there in and then join requests to join those groups. Because any interesting group there in you should be joining that in figuring out. Okay, Who are the other people in this group? What are they talking about? And I found some really great stuff some really great groups on Facebook, because I went out and searched. But I also looked at any time I found an interesting person. I'd go look at what groups there in because most people make their group information group membership public. And a lot of that information on Facebook is public, So it's a really great, really great way to learn is making use of all this user generated content on Facebook forms and question answer sites like Quora met Meta Filter stack exchange Stack overflow, which is a site on sex stack exchange part of that network, and you can get a ton of value out of these. And these are the only places where you can really ask question and get an answer. So the problem with some of these more interactive websites is that it's easier to get sucked in and waste your time and not stay disciplined. And the way you stay disciplined is you look for really high quality, long form content, and then you copy and paste it into something like one note Microsoft. One note. Well, maybe, or Evernote and you copy and paste that in there. And then you print this out, and it's really important to print stuff out so you can focus on it so that you can annotate it, and then you can store it later on and get your space repetitions and often times it may seem like, Well, I have dozens, hundreds of documents just on this one learning project I'm doing. Just keep it all in one folder. Your space repetitions don't have to be perfect. A lot of people think it has to be perfect, but it really doesn't. You just have to keep everything in one place and then go in batch mode, so read as much as you can in batch mode at once. So spend that four hour chunk on Sunday, going through as much as you can. And that may be a month from from now. When when you've when you're thinking about Oh, I shall go look back at those things, do a spaced repetition on all that stuff. It's going to take maybe 1/5 or 1/10 of the time because all you have to do is look your annotations. All you have to do is look at what you circled, what you underlined and then get a refresher on that and the rest is gonna be a piece of cake. So if it seems overwhelming the amount of space repetition you're going to need to do, then think about how you can keep those things organized in one place. And the primary way you do that is on your computer. You have a single folder for each learning project and then in your file cabinet or your three Ambinder your bookshelf, you're keeping all that stuff in one place. Everything related to each learning project is kept together in one place. That's essential to keeping things organized and not getting overwhelmed by all this stuff . So that's it for this video. The main point here was to look at one of the four different types of information. Look at where my spending a lot of time right now. Where am I really not spending any time? And is there some opportunity there for you to learn a lot more by learning in a different format? Maybe, Really? Don't do any passive learning. You just listen to the radio when you're in the car. So maybe just introducing some audio learning could be a big benefit. Other times, maybe you're too tired to read. So you just watch TV or do something else like that. Maybe you can start to explore with video learning and get a lot out of that. Maybe you don't do any pictures. I mean, this is You have to be doing this. It's so important. You have to start looking for pictures when you're learning any subject. So this is something no matter who you are, what your situation is, you should be doing a lot more of this. And then there's some of you that just don't like to read. Maybe there you have a learning disability. But I have to tell you that there's some people have learning disabilities. There's other people that just aren't used to learning in this format. They're not used to reading or they're not used to reading more difficult texts, and it takes time. It takes practice where you push yourself past your comfort zone in order to get the place where you can read those things. You have such a huge disadvantage if you're not able to read information in long form in a long form way. And it's very hard to find really successful people that just don't do any reading. There's a few of them out there, but most people that are really successful there, people that are doing a lot of reading, able to focus for long periods of time, and it's something that's worth investing the time to get good at it. 6. Outlining Your Flowchart: in this video, we're gonna start drawing flow charts. So the way I want you to think about this is go to that past video or think about the notes you took and think about where do you want to focus for the next few weeks of the next few months? What kind of changes do you want to make? So we're going to start out with three boxes on the left side. These three boxes are gonna be the three ways that we're learning. So I want you to pick just three and then eliminate everything else just for the time being . So there's one of thes should be just something that's exciting. That's new. There should be something that you're already doing and it's working. And then there's something that you should that you know you should dio. But you're really kind of not that excited about doing it, or it's going to be a struggle for you to do so. Take these three boxes and fill them in, based on how you feel about those, and then I want you to go to the next stage of synthesizing all this. So for each one of these, how are you getting to the point where you're synthesizing it as notes? Okay, Because you need to be getting things into notes. It doesn't have to be written. It could also be a mind map. It could be a flow chart just like this. It could be a concept map where things were just kind of related more randomly, um, and not as much in a hierarchy. But you have to be synthesizing and getting notes, and then the final part is getting off that in your head, getting it memorized. So how do we get it up here? So let's start here. Let's say that you already do about an hour, an hour of reading every night, and that's working well for you. So you're going to stick to that. One thing that maybe you don't do, is you don't go on interactive sites. You don't go on forums, you don't go in question. Answer sites. You're not part of any Facebook groups where people are talking about riel learning subjects and they're interacting and really doing things. And also remember, it's not just the group's. Once you find somebody in a group you can private message them and then go into depth. I've had tons of just learned really great things that really improved my business by just going back and forth. Was somebody very Cashley either on Facebook chat or Facebook message. So it's something that a lot of people don't think about a lot of people don't use. So maybe that's something where you want to get on Quora and start using Cora. And then there's something maybe you're excited about, like using Google images. So these are the three ways that you're gonna learn for, Let's say, the next month, the next question is, Well, how are you going to take notes on each of these? So how do you get from looking at a new image in Google images and getting it into your notes? So how is that happening? This Will will draw this out later on. The next is what about books. So if you're in bed and you don't feel like, uh, having a separate cook board or something that you, your laptop or you can type notes or maybe have an E reader, how are you gonna be taking notes? Okay, how are you gonna be getting to this stage and then on Quora. It's very easy to see. I mean, core is really addictive if you love learning, because there's just so many really interesting questions. So how do you keep yourself from getting overwhelmed with all this great content? How do you get off Cora so that you can actually read that long form content? So some of these things like Quora you could print that out, but a book? It's probably already printed out. Or it's locked inside your Kindle and you can't print it out. It's some weird format or it's an image, and it's like, Well, how do you print out a ton of images? Do you even really want to print them out in the first place? So we'll be going into that in another video. So now you've got things as notes. The question is, where these being stored Are these going to your computer? Are they going to a file cabinet? Are they going to a three ring binder? So where is this information getting stored in the interim until you eventually get it into your brain? How is it going to get in here? So the way to get it in here into a long term is you have to do space repetitions. So if you have your calendar, how are you fitting in? Do it here. Do it here. Do it here. Are you going to do some sort of schedule where you do it at the same time of day every Saturday or Sunday when you have a chunk of time, how are you going to manage that? These space repetitions, you're gonna have to do multiple repetitions and it's gonna be each little piece of information is going to be slightly different in terms of how easy or hard it is to memorize. There's some things that are so difficult to memorize. You have to use special techniques called the Monix in order to memorize them. But you should be thinking about your original reading of it and then doing three repetitions. And that has to be a key part where you're going back into where you store this information and you're feeding into your head so you can get your repetitions. And getting those three repetitions is going to be key to getting it into your long term memory. So this is the basic process. We're gonna get more in depth on each of these specific aspects of your information diet next 7. Example 1 - Learning From Images and Keeping Them Organized: Okay. Number one is Google images. So on Google images, you have all these images, and then you have one big one. Then you'll have visit site for C image in a new tab. And then you have related images down here, and this is your main image right here. And then there's more down here. So this button right here visit website is extremely important. This is extremely important because you're gonna be able to find other images on that site that are also high quality And what you want to search up top is things like frameworks, systems, charts, diagrams, mind maps. Um, framework. I don't know if I already said that model. Uh, just start searching different ideas, putting new vocabulary words that you learn in here and just seeing what happens until you find some good images. What happens next? Well, next you need to save that into a folder. That folder has to have a name, and it has to be inside a larger folder. That's your learning project. Ideally, this should be numbered, so it should be like, 014 is learning how to code. All right, so then inside this folder, you have a folder for all your pictures. And you're saving from Google images into this folder so that over the months and over the years that you're learning how to code, every single image goes in here and you can get spaced repetitions on all of those images. So just basic things like that you have to think about. Okay, How am I going to do that? How many? How my gonna make this process work? Where am I gonna put all of the's different numbered projects That should probably go in your cloud folder like your Google drive your dropbox. So start thinking about how are things going to flow into a specific storage spot, and then if you print them out afterwards, they should go into a different sub folder called Printed. So you don't print them out multiple times. And at the same time, they should be going into an offline folder, literally a manila folder where you have all those pages printed out and they're all in this folder, and then they go into maybe a file cabinet. So you have to have this sort of flow chart for each of the types of information 8. Example 2 - Learning From Books and The Transition to Notes: next. His books. So you have a book printed book? What do you do with it? Number one thing is annotations. So you're reading. And then in the margins, this whole space right here you should be making scribbles. You should be circling things, underlining things, starring things, quote stuff like that. You should be annotating what you're reading. The question is, once you've annotated it, what happens next? Let's say what happens when you finish the book. Okay, so that's a big That's a big deal. You finished it. So then what happens? Maybe it goes back. What happens right now it probably goes back on the bookshelf. Or maybe it goes into a pile of books over here that you're just keeping a pile of books. Or maybe it goes into your bookshelf, and then what happens? You probably never look at it again. So we need to figure out how to get it so that at minimum, you're getting your space repetitions because remember, you did your initial reading that counts for part one. We need to get you to pull it back out and do three additional space repetitions on that so you can get your 1st 2nd and third repetitions and move it into your long term memory. So that's our pool. How are we going to do that? Well, one way we can do it is we can put tabs on the bookshelf and keep all the books related to a certain subject in the same location and put some sort of little separator between each category. So that way you can keep your books separated. Another way you can do it is you can go back once or even while you're reading is you can be writing your notes. So once you get the notes, you no longer have to go back to this book. You can throw that book away. You can put it into a box. You can put it into storage and not have to worry about it because you're done with it. So, ideally, you want to put the box over here, get the notes and then put the notes into any either a digital format by scanning it or put it into your file cap, for example, for the point is, you want to get these paper notes into someplace where then you can just pull this south and then get your space trip your three space repetitions from the notes because one hour of notes here is equivalent to maybe five hours of notes or even 10 hours of notes of re reading a book over and over again. So this is your most efficient way to do it. The question is, are you going to go digital? Where you gonna go? Print. I highly recommend that you go with the print option because it makes focusing on your space repetitions a lot easier. You pull out this big fat folder that's full of all these different sheets of paper, and you can go sit somewhere. You can grab a coffee and you can just go through this and read this for hours and not get distracted by anything else. On the flip side, when you're on your computer, you're always gonna be get getting little notifications and different things popping up, and this is overwhelmed. This is distraction, so you want to avoid this at all costs and instead go the print route. That's the digital route. That's what usually happens people is. They just get distracted. So how are you gonna, where you gonna store this folder should be right here in your file cabinet, maybe a three ring binder, and then you bring this back out. You take this back back out every weekend or every few weekends, and you just take a quick look through and you see if there's anything specifically that you really need to get a refresher on. And by going through this process, that's how you get your your three essential repetitions. And that's how you make sure that you're retaining your information long term. 9. Example 3 - Learning From Quora and User Generated Content: in this video, we're going to talk about Cora now. We're going to do a flow chart of how you should process stuff like Warren and Quarter can really fit in for anything. That's a discussion for him. So this is gonna work the same if there's any other sort of discussion for him or question answer site that you're dealing with. Uh, so what happens is you have a question, and then you have answers and not just answers, but you're also gonna have comments, so people are gonna comment on each other's answers, and sometimes there can be five or 10 comments on a single answer. If it's a long answer, often times it's going to get cut off. And your enough to quick a button that says, Read more. So this is stuff that also shows up. If you've got a long blawg post that will be common. Sometimes they'll be multiple common platforms. You have a Facebook, and then you have another platform right here, and so you'll need to click a button that says Seymour. So you oftentimes have to expand the text to get a full view of every things that you can print it out and then get it off line so you can annotate it. The whole purpose of this flow chart right here is getting this information into a format where you can annotate it so these straight lines air the text that you're reading. And then your annotations are underlining things, circling things, writing stuff in the margins, marking this up so that instead of having to read this again for your second repetition, you can hop Scotch from annotation to annotation. These annotations should either be summarizing the Sally in points or they should be pointing Teoh What's important. So sometimes you can put stars in the side or you can use annotations like that. So how do we get it into this format? Well, the way we do it is we coffee and paste it. Once we expand everything, the next step is to get it into a one note. So you just select everything copy and paste it into a one note, and every once in a while, you and have a really large picture. You have the text here in the picture just be really large. You just have to drag this in until it lines up with everything else and then it's gonna print out properly. The next step wants to do that is you want to print it out two pages per page so that it looks like this and you can read it for is on toe leaf inside your clipboard. So this is the format. Want to get it into, then annotate it. And then once it's annotated, it goes into the file cabinet or the three ring binder. And as I've said before, I highly recommend investing in three not a three ring binder, but file cabinet system and go for the four door. Now, one other thing when you print these things out is you're not a stack of papers. What say this is the title right here and then you have the text going down here? Actually, that's a bad example, because we're printing it like this. So let's say there's just additional papers underneath here. So what you do is you add a piece of tape right here. I'm making a bigger just so you can see it be at a piece of tape right here and you folded over itself. So you get a big piece of tape like that and then you fold it over itself. So it looks like this and the two sticky parts stick together and you create a little tab for yourself. That's how you keep all this stuff organized, because once you're finished annotating it, it goes into a Manila folder like this that you label and then you're just going to see a bunch of these separate tags. We're tad showing up from all the different things that you printed out. That helps you keep all of these documents separate because otherwise it's a nightmare trying to figure out which documents which where one thing starts. Another thing ends. Another great thing about one note is gonna number each page at the bottom of each page. So if you print out 30 40 50 pages, even if the website itself did not page numbers, it's gonna print out better here. And the reason why we don't just print directly out of the Web browser is that the Web browser often has problems with the floor matting because the way website is formatted, it is not just text, there's adds. There's invisible frames of you know, HTML and CSS. You know that there's a lot going on inside a Web page that you don't see. And so, by copying and pasting stuff in tow, one note, it gets rid of a lot of that bad formatting. When mistakes some people make is they try to just They're like, Oh, I'll just couldn't I'll just, uh, select everything and then copy and paste in tow. One note That's not gonna work because you're gonna end up copying pacing one of these invisible frames and your text is not gonna come out right. So you want only select the title of the Blawg post and the text underneath. And sometimes you're enough to select any comments separately. But a Sfar a scorer is concerned. You have to go through for all the answers, make sure they're fully expanded, and then all the comments underneath are also fully expanded before you copy and paste. Otherwise, you're gonna miss stuff. Sometimes they'll be comments attached to comments, and these threads will go on and on. So you have toe. Make sure that you get all this content and then you select it from here. Go down to here, hold down, shift and then take all this stuff. Send it toe. One note. Get it printed. Put the tag on it, annotate it while it's on your quick board thin it goes into a mental folder. Then it goes into your your file cabinet, and it's numbered by the Learning Project. So that's how it works. In a nutshell. This same system, same flow chart can be applied to any forum, any question, answer site and any blawg that has comments on it. Basically, what we're covering right here is user generated content, and core is one of the best places to get that sort of data, but it's definitely not the only one. 10. Draft of Final Flowchart Part 1: OK, in this video, we're going to start to think big picture. So we've got our three sources of information. We've got Google images, we've got folks and we've got Cora. So at the beginning, we're in the research phase. That means we're looking for information. We're looking for one of the best images, one of the best books, one of the two or three, maybe top books we're gonna read. And then what are the best threads of conversation or best answers? And often there's going to be more than one best answer. Good answer. So are you printing out all of it? So your first phase is researching it. The next phase is reading it and annotating it. So that's what we're doing here. The problem is, we can't read it until we get it into an offline system because our end goal is we wanna have it on a clipboard like this. And we can read on that clip word as a standard size 8.5 by 11. Because once we annotate it, then we want to be able to take notes on it. And then we want to have those notes go to a memorization or taking action or, you know, getting stored away and coming back later on. So that's storage component is huge for note taking. So how do we do that? Well, first we need to save things digitally with books will get into that. But with Google images, you have to have a folder, a project folder. And we talked about this before. You're gonna have a folder both offline and online. So let's say you're studying watercolors and that's gonna be, ah, hobby. So that would go under. Oh, too personal. So what say that was 2000 project number 2004 and it was water color, so this would be a folder on your computer. But this would also be a folder in your file cabinet, and they would just both have the exact same name right here, 2004 period space and then water color. So first you're going to save that in your digital folder on your computer. That's probably gonna be in a Dropbox or Google drive somewhere in the cloud because you wanna have that backed up and then the next step is printing that out and a good program for that is Picasa for batch printing, but there's a lot of different programs that can do that. And once these air done, they're going to go in here and remember, you're gonna add a tab So you're not a tab on the first image so that that whole stack of papers stays organized as a single set a single document. So that takes care of our pictures, getting them to the point where they're in the Project folder. That's our end goal because then we can annotate them. We can take notes, and so this. This still counts under read, but it's also getting it into storage because there's certain things where you're not going to read it before you store it. There's going to be certain times where it's gonna go directly in the storage, and you may not read it for weeks or months later so you can come back and just pull out this folder and put it into your, uh, quit board and start reading whatever you want to see. You don't necessarily have to go straight into reading. Oftentimes you're going to spend maybe a few days or even a few weeks just researching, storing everything digitally. And then when you're ready to start reading, you print everything out and you can totally focus on going off line and just reading. So then with books? Well, with books, you have a couple options. One is you can just annotate in the book itself. So you have the book and you're going to annotate in the margins, circles, stuff underlying stuff and make little summaries to yourself in the margins. Maybe he's a star symbol, or some would be for book that's mentioned P for a person that's mentioned stuff like that so you can annotate the book itself. Another thing you can do is you can buy a PdF or some other sort of digital format like Moby or you Pub, and you can convert it to PdF and then print that out and then you're going to do the same sort of thing. You have a stack of papers and you put a tab on it. And what if it's a big book in its to 300 pages? Then you may want to put it in its own folder, so you're gonna have multiple folders under wire core. You may print out a book that's 200 pages on watercolor, and that would just also have a label on it. 2004. And then instead of water color, you would put the title of the book and then the author, if you can fit so as much information as you can. And then I like to put at the end of B and circle it just so I know that what's inside here is a book, and then you can store that away in your file cabinet, or you can read it immediately. Another 1/3 option is you can digitize the book yourself or you can have somebody else digitize it. What that means is, first, you have to break the spine of the book. So that means this is the spine. Here, you have to separate that from the individual pages. So at the end of this process, you have a stack of maybe 100 5200 loose leave papers, and then these get scanned and you get a PDS so you can do that, or you can outsource this process. You can literally buy off Amazon and have it ships to a place like $1 scan and they can turn it into a pdf for you. Um, or you could just read it like this. So sometimes I do that. I just made an example video of this where it was a programming book. I could have gotten a digital weed, but I wanted to have the color. It was gonna be too expensive to print it out in color, and it just wouldn't look as good as getting the actual copy. So I just got the binding off of it. And, uh, actually, I'm gonna grab that. So here's the book right here. Finding is off. Yes. So that's another option. And you just have a biscuit. You can just put this directly into, uh, hanging folder in your file cabinet. Good to go. But the great thing about it and the reason why I did that is I can take a stack of maybe 30 pages, whatever, and I can annotate it like that. And I don't have to be holding up this huge £5 book and holding it open the entire time and trying to write on the inside margin is just really uncomfortable. When you compare it to reading on a quick board. So I just love Teoh. Um, I love to read on a quick board and Aziz much as possible. I avoid doing anything else. So that's for books, those air, the different methods. You can read it straight out of the book. You can divined it and or scan it print out of your own stack. You can convert a digital book and print it out, and then sooner or later you need to get it into a folder like this. So then what about Cora even outsources $1 scan if you want to. For Cora, what you do is you copy and paste this into one go. So you create a one note page and you just copy and paste one question, answer thread into each of these pages. And then once you're done with all those, you print that and that's gonna each of those documents is gonna get, uh, a tab on it. So each one of these might be a few pages, and you're gonna have a bunch of of separate ones printed out like that. Uh, and the other thing is, you may want to organize thes digitally, so you may want to bring these in tow. The 2004 folder in one in the sidebar. One note. Often times I just skip this process because my workflow is is far synthesizing Things is mostly offline, so I don't need to have all this stuff organized. And for me, it's just not worth the time, especially if it's not a super important document. If it's something that's really important that I will take the time to organize it. But if it's something where it's not that dense, it's not super high quality. But I know there's a few gems in there. Then I'm just gonna do it offline, cause it's not worth the effort to have it in its place. Uh, both digitally and off line, and the other thing you can do is once that pages printed out, you can change the title of the page. So wherever the title is about page, what say it's how to water color? You just add a prefix p dash. So whatever you see that p dash one note, then you know it's something that's been printed out. This is also something you can do with your pdf books. So once you print out that pdf book. Go down here and change the file name. So it's P dash. How to what are cold? PDF. So once once you see this year than every single document that's been printed out is gonna be when they're sorted alphabetically, they're all going to show up in one location and you're not gonna accidentally print something out multiple times, which is something that can happen. When, when you're dealing with hundreds of learning projects over years and years and years, then you forget what's in your file cabinet. You forget what you've printed out. You forget that most of this stuff even exists in the first place, so it's important to have a quick way of doing that. So that's the basic process of going from doing research to getting it into a single format , which means is printed out. It's in a Manila folder like this, and then it's going into a file cabinet. So now I have a better pen. I can draw trying. Teoh afford a four drawer, a file cabinet. That's really I should be to do better, So get it in here and obviously it will go into ah hanging folder. This is another thing that I couldn't really draw well with the other 10. But that's what it looks like. And, uh, this goes in here and then this goes on rails. So the rails look like this and these rails right here and right here hold the's metal parts of the hanging folders. So if you're if you've never seen you probably know what I'm talking about. But if you haven't seen before, just goto Staples and check out some of the pictures. But that's the process. So once you do this and this is kind of this is what our flow chart is gonna look like. This is us planning out what the flow charts gonna look like and you'll notice there's a few things that we've repeated like this stack of papers here, the process of adding tabs. That's something that's been repeated so and there's also multiple options here, So you may feel like Well, for right now, I don't have a laser printer or anything. I can't be printing stuff out. I'm just going to do with the old fashioned way with books, so that's fine. You can store the book in a file cabinet or what you could do is take a bookshelf and then just label each book by whatever number it is, then have your bookshelf organized numerically. So everything from 0 to 1000 goes here. 1000 2000 is here, uh, 3000 up till here are. Yeah, this would be 0 1000 1000 2000 2000 3000 3000 4000 4000 5000. And you could have miscellaneous. But that's how you organize the books. You could find him later on. You could even get these little post its that air, this shape. And this part right here is the sticky part on the opposite side. And then use right the number. Actually, a better way to do it might be this. And that's another way you can do it. I don't use this system because I have really like having everything in that one format. Remember, when you're printing stuff out, it's gonna be two pages per page. You're being horizontally like that. I'm a lefty. So my hand is here. Um, if you're writing, then you would just have it like this. So that's this whole process the next stage. So This is no taking in storage. All this stuff right here is no taking in storage, and then the next piece of it is memory in taking action. So for memorization, I we don't have time to go, too in depth about space repetitions. But I'll give you the quick and dirty way to do space repetitions. If you don't want to spend a lot of time on it. The way to do it is to accumulate thes folders and just have everything for each project organized into folders so you can go there and then say, every month or every three months, you go in and you do a spaced repetition of each one of your projects and you set a certain day of the calendar. Or you can even do multiple days. But you could just say every every Sunday. So this is our calendar. Waas Saturday Sunday so you could say every Sunday I'm going to do space repetitions. And what say you have your five categories you have, You're 0 1,001,000 2000 I actually don't We're not using that 3000 4000 and 5000. So you've got career or business stuff you've got personal stuff, relationship stuff, health stuff and meta level stuff. So you've got these five and meta level stuff usually doesn't take a ton of times. You could probably combine it with 4000. So you could say you could just rotate every week, do a different one of thes and then pick a project and kind of go backwards. So let's say you had three other projects besides this year 1 4000 to 2003. 2004. So it's a 2000 was drawing. This was sculpting. This was Photoshopped, and this was a watercolor. So on the first time you ever started this schedule, it's a January, uh, this second weekend, you would do this in February. You February 2nd Sunday. You do this march, you would do photo shop on the second, and then April, you would do watercolor, so that gives you a way to rotate or you could do multiples. You could do all four of these on in January, and then you could do 2005 through 2008 in February. So it kind of depends on how much time you're willing to spend for most people, they're not willing to spend a ton of time on spaced repetition once you get the hang of it , Once you start to see the benefits that come out of it and you realize how much you're forgetting, you're gonna want to do more spaced repetition. But time may go by and some things are a lot, uh, lower on your priority list than other things. So you may dedicate three out of these four each month to just your career and then spend that one weekend on these other three areas. So it's up to you. It's depending on what your priorities is. Three important thing is to set a habit of at least one day each week doing this stuff and going in here, taking out the stack of folders, getting a spaced repetition on it and then putting it back in and going and just making that habit in doing it every single week. So now that we've got an idea of what our processes now we go through, cross out anything that seems to be a duplicate, and then we'll get ready in the next video to actually draw the flow chart. 11. Draft of Final Flowchart Part 2: okay, This video, I want to do a little bit more talking about this before we go into the actual drawing of the next picture, because there's some organizational stuff that we need to start really honing in on. First, we have this area right here of research. One of the issues with this flow chart is that it's not clear. Well, are you going to read it first and then store it, or you gonna store it and then read it and then put it back in storage? So to make that clear and to make the flow chart work properly, it's gonna work better if we keep this us this storage part central to the image because what's happening is basically this file cabinet becomes your central storage place for information. You go in here when you do want to do space repetitions, and then you put things back when you're done doing the space repetitions. When you're doing your reading, you go in here, you put your reading stuff in, you take your do your annotations. And one other thing we left out in the previous video because I had to get in under 20 minutes is the note taking process. So once this has been annotated, the annotations is really a proto level of note taking. It's not really no taking it something to set you up to take notes really easily. So let's draw in here really quickly. The note taking part of the process. So you may take, uh, keep everything inside this box for no taking. So the 1st 1 is just gonna be a regular outline. Where is just on a single piece paper? There's headings there, subheadings. Maybe there's a few bullets or numbering things. 123 Uh, but it's just your basic outline. Then you may go to a mind map where you're organizing ideas graphically, stuff like that, and then you may even have a flow chart. So you end up with something like this, and then maybe also a one page plan action plan, so you may come back to this later. Instead of doing a spaced repetition, you decide I want to take action on this. I want to do my my next major water car painting. Here's my one page action plan for what I want to do differently in this watercolor. So you have all this other stuff that's giving you the principles, the overarching ideas. But this is what you're actually going to take action on. So a lot of times, this is gonna be the last step of the process. But all of these air gonna still go back here. So what ultimately we're looking at is something where the file cabinet is right here. Four drawers. First thing we're doing is we're doing research and we're printing things out. Those printed things get stored and they come out to get red annotated, and then they go back in. But we're not adding anything additional besides just writing on the paper, then they come back out again for note taking. And this is where we have our outline. If you have a mind map, we have our flow chart, and then we have our action plan. Okay, so now all that goes back in here and it comes out again for spaced wraps. So we're doing our reps here, goes back in. We're just getting that stuff out, and then it comes out again. This time you want to take action. So we're getting that action. One pager out and the action plan out and then eventually will take action than that will go back. So everything is going coming in and going out of this centralized location. So this location is very important in the image in the watercolor. We're going to keep this centralized. And what you may be seeing here is we're creating kind of a radial pattern. Um, but we don't want that. We want this to fit on a landscape age, so it the page will look like this. So the question is, Well, how do we do that? Well, we basically have four different locations, and we wanna have it linear. Want the flow chart to go from left to right. So what I'm thinking is we keep this storage kind of up here a the top of the image. And then we have the research here, Uh, the reading here, the note taking here, the memory here and the, uh, action year. So actually have five things. 12 three for five. And you can see how these orients to the five different courses that I teach on space on accelerate learning. And I'm actually going to be coming out with a 61 that focuses on this central point right now, I cover briefly in a note taking course by really deserves its own treatment. It's kind of a key to this whole process. So as you can see here, we've no come up with a method for was called this file Cabinet FC. So the file cabinet is gonna be up top, and then the flow is gonna come in and go out, and we're going to see these loops come in and go out. And that's what the over the final results is gonna look like. So when we're drawing the actual flow chart, we now have a very easy way of breaking this down. So the file cabinet will be up top. The file cabinet doesn't have to be that big, and we know how to space it out. So we know how to leave enough room for each section will make five compartments, meaning we need four of these lines. And once we have that, then we're gonna have We're going to know that we have enough space to draw everything and fit everything in because one of the things that can happen you can see how it happened, right? here, and this is what's gonna happen to you also is you'll start out with a rough idea of how you want to do things. But as you actually draw things on paper, you see how much time they take to draw how much space they take to draw. Then you realize that you may be running out of room, and some of these you don't wanna have a flow chart that's overcrowded with tons of details . So just because something is here doesn't mean it needs to be not much detail on the flow chart. The purpose of the flow chart is toe have something that we can quickly look at and get a sense of what's going on so that eventually we have a conception of the entire system at a very bird's eye view. So this sort of image right here represents the entire system, and in your head you already have the sense of okay, there's research reading where there's a little bit of annotation going on synthesis during note taking, where it's going to an outline of mind to map a flow chart action plan. All that gets fed back here we do our space repetitions. We also take action using that action plan. So we're going around in this pattern, and you could I mean, you can do whatever you want. So if you like this idea of, you know, maybe you like the idea of a flower with five petals. So you have city. That's not a pedal right there. So you have these five pedals. 12345 Maybe you like that idea of the five pedals and you want to organize everything around that. So you may start to see images or inspiration that you can use The thing about the reason why I'm not doing it this way is because this isn't really what a traditional flow chart looks like. I mean, this isn't totally either. It's great, though. Tohave Anak chul image that you can use is in Amman equate Iran. So just to go off like let's say you want to do something like this. Well, how would you add a Monix to this? The way you could do it is you could come up with a different bug or insect or whatever that represented each one of these things. So you have above that represented research when that was for reading. One for note taking one for space repetitions, one for taking action. So there's different things you can do. You can get mawr less artistic based on just, um, whatever you want to do. And as you get more comfortable with this, you may want toe become warm or abstract, where it may not necessarily be something that somebody else can understand or interpret it . Something that's more artistic more just for you and a lot of religious artwork is exactly like this, where there's a lot of symbolism and the images air used as pneumonic devices as symbols so that people can remember things easier so you can go in whatever direction you want For this example, because I wanted to be something that you can use and that a lot of students from different backgrounds can understand and appreciate and get value out of. I'm gonna go with this this way of illustrating things that I've already kind of done here , and I'm gonna cut a few things out based on like, I don't really do things sort of traditional book stuff. I like to print step out as much as possible. so I'll just include this process, and I can also simplify that. So that task is of converting stuff. I've tried to avoid that as much as possible. So, um, this is we want to cut things down, pare things down so that we're not overwhelmed with information and keep it as simple as possible. So there's always gonna be that balance between covering every possible option or iteration versus making it simple enough CC the bird's eye view with a flow chart. Usually what you're doing is trying to map out, find that middle ground where you can map out everything, see it from the bird's eye view, but also go into enough detail so that you have a really good sense. And you can kind of imagine yourself going through and taking each of these actions because when you see first see a system like this, I mean, if I went back years and years toe when I I didn't know anything about Accel, real learning was doing everything the old fashioned way. We're just really haphazardly looking at something like this would be very overwhelming, but once you go through it a few times once, you actually do it, it becomes second. Nature becomes really easy. It's like working with somebody who has never used a computer before. And you realized the amount of steps required just to check your email or get a new email accounts set up is actually fairly complex or takes a couple dozen steps. You don't realize that once you have it, set up its second nature. So it's the same sort of thing. With a system like this at the beginning, it's going to seem a little bit overwhelming, especially the space repetition stuff, because we're really not used to doing that. But once you have it written down, that's going to get that first major repetition in your mind. You don't have to get repetitions just by actually putting something into action. You can also your repetitions by playing it out in your head through visualization, writing down a story where you're imagining yourself doing it or drawing out a flow chart like this, drawing out a system so you can get space repetitions they're not gonna be as good is actually taking action. But by repeatedly drawing out a flow chart like this, you can get spaced repetition so that you This becomes more ingrained into how you think about learning, and you start to structure everything you do around this framework. So what's really important is to get the framework down on paper. Teoh get repetitions on it, either by doing it or by continually drawing it out and using symbols, abstracting things. Whatever you need to do to get more space repetitions, explain the system to somebody else or just recorded into a camera or into an audio recorder into your phone. What do you have to whatever you have to do to get your space repetitions on this, because this framework is going to totally change the game in terms of how you learn. So next video will get started with actually drawing out, uh, the final flow chart for watercolor. 12. Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 1: Okay, let's get started with the drawing. I want to get the same thing I'm using. Uh, just look that up. Open this up individual piece of paper out here. Okay, So we talked about before. The overall plan overall plan is to have a central location right here for the file cabinet and then go through each of the five stages with research speed, reading slash sanitation, no taking centered right here in the middle than space repetitions on taking action so we could just draw lines in right now. But, uh, that may not end up being the best way to do it, because we're not sure exactly how much space we need for each of these sections. So what? Start out withdrawing the file cabinet? Because that's one of our main tools. And when I really when it's a final results like this, something that I want to get, right, Uh, I can do little things to get measurements. So go halfway in between the top and the bottom, then go halfway again to get the quarter marks. So these quarter marks are gonna tell me where I need to draw my lines so that I can get good, uh, equal boxes for the drawers of file cabinet. And of course, this isn't an engineering drawing, so it doesn't really matter. And I think having them not be exactly perfect add some more character to it. But, uh, just little things like that, especially for central components. Want to make sure your lines look pretty good. So there's our file cabinet. That's our central organizational space. And now let's start doing the research phase. So what are three types of information? What? We have Google images. We have books, and then we have Cora. And for this final image, I want to switch around the order. So the original order was a little bit different. We had images, then books than Cora. But the truth is, when you're doing research usually going to start here with very broad, then you're gonna go here to Cora and then you'll come back to books reading through discussion posts for stuff like that. Uh, that's a great place to figure out which books are the best books to read on any given subject. So we're going to start with Google images, then go. And so when you're reading anything, it side to side and also left to right and also top to bottom. Of course, some languages are other directions, but for English, that's how we're gonna organize it. So what's start off right here with Google images? We can label this the research phase, and I'm thinking, because we're gonna have lines going forward and backward. We're probably better off labelling at the bottom rather than at the top. So well put Do reading, note. Taking, taking. Okay, so now we're starting to get a sense of you can start to see how we're going to split things up. Here's Google images. We have Corum question up here. People's any answers town here and usually they'll be other questions over here. But we don't want to get with all these image things. We don't want to get too far away from what the real focus is, Um, and then finally, books. So let's just say Amazon that's reviews down here, um, bylines title. So we've got our main areas of research now. That's where we're starting out in order to get things into reading format. Ultimately, what we want the ultimate result, and you can see we're going down we're starting at the top and we're going down. So the final result we want for reading is our, uh, arquit board. - There's our tape tag right here. So this is the ultimate, uh, final thing we want to be reading number two pages per page. So this is ultimately what we're where we want to get to. But this isn't where we start. We need to get each of these things into the proper format. So basically, first they need to get in tow. Then you get saved on the hard drive somewhere in that folder, and then the contents of that folder needs to be printed out and put into a physical folder . So this is our digital folder right here. And, uh, we can just mark it with a d so that it's clear that it's a digital. Uh, one folder in here can be for pictures, one can be or books and that would contain RPGs and our images of B P. Dash J pig. So that these air both things that have been printed 2004 core. So this is our digital folder. But we've also got Quora, so that means we have to deal with one note. Also now, even though the user interface doesn't look exactly like that for the purposes of this, we want to simplify the user interface so that it makes sense. And it's a simplified as possible, because when we're looking at this, we don't wanna have extraneous information, so just kind of you don't have to draw everything else either. But this would be questions answers. So this is where our Cora stuff would go, and ultimately these things will get printed out and then they'll go into a physical folder . So to represent that we can draw the printer. And, as you know, I recommend using a laser printer. This will be a printer with a built in auto feed scanner up top on the papers. Come out right here and, uh, we print stuff out, goes into physical folder or even multiple physical folders, all with the same name. And then that goes into the file cabinet and the way that you can organize file cabinets. You can have more than one file cabinet. Obviously, you can number them so we could have 1000 2000 3000 4000 and that way you know what's inside each one of them. But but for these to be able to expand overtime, you probably don't want to put something like in Sharpie on the actual metal. We're better off putting something inside where it has the label box. Most file cabinets will have a place where you can pill label right there. In that way, you can change them over time, because when you run out of room, you're gonna have to expand it. So thes things were both getting printed out and they're going into here so we can drawn arrow and here, going to pictures, trying arrow right here. Going into one note in filling in the arrows like this helps them to stand out a little bit war and also get him. So all your arrows look a little bit more even it. And then for Amazon, uh, we have the option of, um, printing them out, getting a pds. But we'll just say it gets in here one way or another and, uh, gets printed out or you have a physical book and you d bind it. Put it into a folder. Either way, it's getting in here, and eventually you're reading, so it's coming back. This eventually will come back out and you'll read it. And when you read it, it's gonna get annotated so we can actually draw another version of actually it. It could look good to do the annotations in a different color. So what saved that? And we can do that with water colors that look good. Part of the reason I'm covering the sin is because this clipboard is such an important part of this whole process. So if you want a, uh, make something stand out, ADM. Or that black, that strong black to it. And you can also add a little bit of a shadow, um, to just give it the object a little bit more weight and make it kind of pop out from the paper a little bit more So these air 1st 2 major sections of process. We're nearing about 15 minutes for this video, so we'll do the note taking. And then once we're done with the no taking, will do the rest in a part. Two. So what? No taking things do we talk about? We talked about, of course, annotating things, But once it's annotated, then what comes next. So what comes next is usually gonna be a regular outline outline, mind map flow chart action plans. So we want to make sure things fit in tow. We want to make things look equals in terms of size. So each one of these is We can imagine a single page. We've got three objects right here. This one's a little bit shorter than these two. So if we make each object about this height or a little bit taller than we should be able to fit them in, and one way we can do that is Mark. This will be the top left corner of the first page. Let's be the bottom left corner, the right page, find a middle part spots and then figure roughly so those can be the corners of our pages, and that's going to make sure that they're each roughly the same size. So it's kind of like what we did earlier with the file cabinet and because these looks so similar based on the outline, we're gonna want to make them look different with the color. So don't try to do everything at this stage, even though we used a fair amount of out, uh, fair amount of details for the prior version. We can actually use even fewer details and still make it work, because this time we're adding color and you can do a lot with color. So don't try to do stuff another way. We can. Just thinking another way. We could make this three DS by adding in, um, a little bit of a shadow. Give it some depth, not necessarily fill it in completely, but just give it a little bit of weight to it. So first you have to outline. So it's a heading some bullet points 12 Next. Mind that I'm looking for here is having three different geometrical shapes, and I want to be able to show the different levels of hierarchy. But you don't necessarily need to have that. We can read this that 12 in the is that three. So then we've got the flow chart and finally the action plan. So this calls be check boxes. So we've got these four things, so ultimately stuff gets ready, gets put back in here, and this thing goes to the outline stage. So what happens is you're doing much synthesis as you can. So once you finish annotating, you go through again and creating outline. And then you go through stages so you don't necessarily have to go through each one of these. But just to make it simple, um, we can include that. So goes back in, comes back out, get your action plan. Have this stuff here for space. Repetitions will get more into that in the next video. 13. Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 3: Okay, so two weights. Uh, three. It's four eights. 586 states, 78 A. So now we've got about this much room to shave away. So for each one of these, we just go a little bit extra over when you just make sure 12 is it 1234 So this one's already looks a little bit wider than the other ones, so I'm just gonna leave it how it is this one will make it a little bit wider. This one make it a little bit wider. So about halfway through Done. Three. Um, we need to fit form or in this space, so you can think. Okay, halfway always does for will be equal. So turns out these ones were a little bit bigger. So what? Um, so this one, What's to Sunday? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. So on Sunday, you're doing your repetitions. 123 four K, Meaning those are the ones you'll be doing. So on this particular Sunday, you'll be doing, uh, the folder. And let's make this a three d folder. We'll be doing the repetitions of 2000 for, among other ones, so you can put the background 2003 to etcetera. So doing your space repetitions. Bring it back here. And then, uh, for the taking action. Let's just put a big version of the action. Nothing. Those check marks, those check marks. We could make those green in the final version. So these go back and then the action plan comes out. So you start with the action plan, then let's say, uh, you put it into your mole skin planner where you plan out, you're weak. So business, personal relationships, health metta and then planning out your week. So, uh, that's how I plan out my week. I haven't really taught that anywhere yet, but I will at some point and, uh and then it happens. And to maybe you journal about it. So get some feedback, make your mistakes, whatever. But you're taking action. What's represent that with big kind of spark? Because we want toe again, draw focus to the most important parts of this flow chart. Action is one of them. So we can I color to that to bring even more focus to that, but were basically good to go thes things will eventually get scanned back in, um, so we could even do away. Big hero, get skin back in, and there we have it. So we can see We can follow this through every step of the process, printing things out, getting him in this folder, synthesizing it, getting it into a special synthesized folder where we've kind of compressed information that goes in here getting our space reviews and then taking action, making, taking the action plan, putting it in tow, our day to day. What are we doing? Um, another way we could represent. This is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and planning out. What are the top things to do wanting to those days. So this is it, Um, this is all we need. You could think about adding, um, little extras, like could put a box around each of these. But this is looking good. And let's get these watercolors out and start adding some color to this 14. Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 2: okay, memory. So in the previous one, we describe this as having a calendar system and then going through different sections based off the calendar. So at the top here will draw simple calendar and then we'll draw the process of taking out multiple folders. So at this stage of memorization, you're usually gonna have multiple folders worth of stuff. So we also want include those multiple folders and the process of going through those. So reading through those, you could do additional annotations if you want. This is a good place to use. Ah highlighter. If you want to really draw out the most important things, you can even do another outline or another set of things as you that as ideas come together and some of these synthesis steps are only really possible once you've gotten a few space repetitions, so that's what we're gonna Those main ideas of the calendar and then the multiple files are important for memorization. We could also throw in some flash cards in case you like to do flash cards on DFLers. Cards can also be kept in a folder like this or done digitally on your phone. So on Ben, take for taking action. The focus is really on the action plan. And then again, going into your schedule I'm thinking about Well, what day of the week do I focus on certain things, Or do I want to block off a specific period of time to take action on this? But that's what it ultimately comes down to us. How are you taking action on what you're learning? So all this stuff is going to go back into a folder? Gans this is a special folder, so I'm thinking we can put it in a different color because we're still gonna have other folders behind it. And we can represent that they're folders. But this is Theo. Important. One supposed to be a star. We'll feel better. Pick up puts in yellow around it. And, uh, this is our main. This is gonna be our main folder. So once you synthesize information, it doesn't really make sense to go back and read the fluffy stuff that you annotated. The goal is to eventually not need that stuff more anymore. And just use your outlines, your synthesis of the material. So now when we're coming back out for memory, we're just taking out this folder, and we're getting our space repetitions on it. So see how big we want this to be Calendar. Um, so this is thes sorts of calendars. Can be kind of tough. We know we wanted to have force. We just go halfway home. But dividing things into seventh is not as easy. So you can think about dividing it into eighths and then just fudge things a little bit. So, um, who are divided into 8th 1st divide into quarters and then into eighths. So, uh, have you 1/8? Two weights? 15. Painting the Final Flowchart Part 1: in this video, we're gonna go over how toe Think about the colors and how we're going to use the colors and also getting yourself set up before you actually work on the drawing that you spent so much time on because you don't want to make a mistake. And then watercolors are more forgiving about my water right here. But because you can wash things out, you can clean things up quite a bit if you need to. But the best thing to do is to start out by thinking about how do you wanna color code things? And so we're gonna do some basic stuff right here. Teoh get a better sense of how to do things. And we also want to think about how to color code, this process and the way a way to think about it is it's a process of, um, going along the color spectrum. So you wanna have each stage go through a different color of the color system, so red is starting on the left side. What comes after red orange, so Monday is red. To stay is orange, and we're getting a sense of what each of these colors look like because sometimes you have more than one color option, and you want to figure out which one do I like the most that could, especially with these yellows. Yellows tend to get easily mixed with other colors. And the way watercolors work, if you haven't used much before, is you basically drop some water on top and it's gonna stay queer. And as you mix it in, you're gonna start to get a deeper and deeper color. And you can tell just by putting it in the water about how much pigment you're getting. So with a yellow, we want that to really show up. I like that yellow better. You want toe, pick out which colors you want to use so that when you're ready to go, you, uh you're not wondering what which color my using skip to color accidentally, Um, like this blue. So it will go yellow in green on blue. Actually, try this one. No, I think I'll just stick with this original one blue, and then your last one is purple. So purple is Saturday and then Sunday you have a couple different options. You can keep it white. You can make a gray or you can make a black. His black was mixed before with something else is so, uh, but black And Sunday in generals the day that I keep in most people keep most reserved for just relaxing, not doing a lot. Whatever your religion you are, you may already or culture that you come from. You may have Saturday or Sunday or even Friday as a day where you don't work. Um, but the point is, uh, use the color spectrum to your advantage. So research we gonna have that is red reading. We can have as orange no taking as yellow memory as green and then taking action as blue. And so that gives us an idea of for example, we can color these bottom sections right here with the various colors. We could outline certain things, and we also want to think about Well, what? We want to draw attention, Teoh. And are there special colors we want to use to do that? So one thing we want to draw attention to is the file cap. Another is to taking action. Um, what else? We may want to have a different color for each one of these or we might want to use a different shade of the same color. So there's a few different things you can do these, this clipboard. It's really important That's gonna have a nice brown to it. One note has a purple color Microsoft. One note. So that's something else we could do. Eso you want to start out by thing about where some opportunities to use different colors and what we wanna have pop out for this journal. I like to use read journals or a mean I have a bunch different colors, but I really like that darker red color. Um, so as you go through, you'll get ideas, but you want to think about OK, that's something else that we want to highlight. We probably want some sort of tan color for these mineral folders, and we'll just figure out The rest is we go. But at the beginning, get a general sense of what you want to do and, uh, have something like this. I'm not gonna keep it on. I just don't have enough room to keep everything on camera. So that's the set up. I'm gonna see if I can switch around the camera and get some more of this stuff in view, and then we'll start painting in the next video 16. 0556: Okay, so we're zoomed at a little bit, so you can see everything that's going on. Um, put our water right here so you can see what I'm doing with water. Also, eso you'll be able to see everything that I'm doing here. What? Start out by painting the colors of the color spectrum. So we'll start with red with research, and that's gonna be a bit of a reach from over there. And if you don't want something to drip than what you want to do is angle it so that if it's gonna drip, it's going to drip towards you and so you can do something about instead of drip down off the tip of the brush. And we want to get a sense of about how strong is that color gonna be? And is that the strength of color we want? I think that's a little bit heavy. So to control that, I'll just add a little bit more water, test it out again. That's a little bit better. And you've also got some color here that you can come back to, but with water colors, you really don't need much. - Okay , then we'll just keep on going. Which war injecting was that orange? So notice if you come back, Teoh here and you add a little bit of water to it. As long as you don't need a much of that color, you can get away with just using a puddle. Write on this paper instead of, um instead of going back here because if you go back here, it's gonna come out a lot stronger. And then you're trying to figure out how toe water it down, which isn't the end of the world. And you can even put your finger on it like that and pull some off. And, uh, let's get rid of it like that. It's probably not the most professional wait a water color, but that's reading. And for that orange, we wanted it a little bit more intense because we wanted to have a good contrast with the yellow. You can see this yellows going on pretty heavy, so add some water to it. Water down, especially over here. It's really covering up the black take a little bit off like that. Next is green. I'm actually like a green that's a little bit more dark. Another place you can mix stuff is in this. Locate this plastic area right here. You can see I did that for, um but if you don't need a lot of a color, might as well just do it this way. Not crazy about that shade. Looks better. Yeah, not really going for a neon look. And you want to be careful with the watercolors you buy. What color palette there giving you? Because if you don't get the right color palette, you have to do a lot of mixing to get what you're looking for. Finally, what's didn't blues? I don't know. I think I might Makes the blue also. And if you're thinking about well, why don't you just use regular paper? You can see this paper has a lot of pores on it. You're really absorbs. Do you really absorbs the pain Well, and it's gonna drive well. It's not gonna wrinkle up a lot like regular prints of paper. Well, it's just got more body to it. It's 100 £40. Okay, what are the other knowns that we definitely wanted to the brown for the I want to do the brown for the quick board. So it's getting brown looks pretty good. Notice how angle in my hand. So I can co a really fine color. And I'm I feel like that Brown is too light. I want to get a darker Brown. Similar. Really? Go for it. A deep mixture here. Yeah, and that's also gonna make this stand out more has got deeper colors. 1 10 scorers, then most of the other stuff. Okay, Tan. So for the tan, I think I'll use the skin tone right here. That looks pretty good. Hoops. Uh, so I almost messed up that you can see I got a little bit of brown on my hand right there. So watch out for that. Um and you don't need to go crazy with color. You don't need to cover everything. Like I don't need to color the other folders behind this one. And also, you can see them. The 2004 has gotten faded out, so I'm gonna pull back some of the colors so that those air more visible because I really want those to be queer. I want all the black text to be queer. I want this one a pop out too. And not necessarily the ones behind it for these stars were gonna make those a deep, um, yellow because we want that to really stand out also. And it may seem like the black will just show through, but sometimes it doesn't. So don't paint over the black if you don't have to. And also, you can just use your fingers. Teoh poll paint back off the paper. Let's see. Is there anything else in this color? I'm getting a feeling. Even though none of my file cabinets there this color I'm thinking a deep green would be cool for the, uh, for the file cabinet. So this may be combined with a black. Yeah, this is the kind of situation where you do need a fair amount of a color. So you have to, uh, make sure you're starting with enough so that your color stay pretty even. Actually, I don't want to water down that much. I want the deeper the better for this color again. Notice on in going the brush so that it's going to be very difficult. Teoh, mess up that line on the list so you can see this. This, uh, green is a tiny bit darker. This one that I just mixed. So I can use that for a slightly different purpose. Aiken, do the the top in a slightly darker color. I can do the drawers in a slightly darker color, and it'll remain consistent with the other drawers. So, uh, when you're doing kind of free hands mixing like this and you're not sure how stuff is gonna come out, then, ah, compartmentalize the different colors so that it's look more natural. And it'll even bring attention to what you want to bring attention to, and you can use it for weight, shadows and shading and stuff. Cumin water stuff down. Just take a water that down a little bit takes him off. Okay, What else? Um, got the quick board. You wanted to add annotations to the quick board. So what would be a good color for annotations? Uh, thinking red or even It may be an off red. Maybe this dark pink color that would distinguishing Warren do it in a darker color. More intense. So if I had too much water to this, I'm not going to get I'm gonna get thes bigger beads of of pain, a more intense color. So That's something that I can control get, uh, get something like that. So first, I'm gonna test to make sure I can do the kind of how fine of a line can I rely on we get. And then once I got a sense, see if I can dress circle and then, uh, maybe get one other color in here. This blue right here, I want to keep it is intense speaking. Keep on mixing it. Yeah, it's good. Get the get the tip of the brush. It's not gonna focus, right, But, um, doing a star symbol, it will be for book another star here. So that's enough to, uh, make it clear that some annotations going on. I also want to draw attention to the action plan with the With the green we were talking about, like, the green of successfully completed task. Meet those check marks. A nice green color that's not coming out. Good, because it's too watery and, uh, fact and sometimes happen. It'll just kind of explode on you the green. So, uh, make sure it's not over watered, okay? And I'm thing of adding a little bit of a highlight to this also, so sleep because that action plan is so important that green color kind of represents money . So the idea of linking close air getting to taking action, the course you're getting, too making money or improving things financially with learning well, side income. What people starting out as entrepreneurs. They've got a job and they're figuring out how toe turn the side and come of their business into something that's in support them full time and then the love. And beyond that, um, we could add a few splashes of color here for the mind map. Um, kind of pick a random color at all something here, and we can give these little bit of a fainter outlined. They're not as important, but it is there some sort of highlighting finish that, Then we're getting close to 20 minutes. We'll have Teoh break for Part two 17. 0556: okay, back for Part two will add some intense yellow for the action sections. That's a good yellow, and we've got two of one's right there. Got a little too much watery paint here. It's a little Teoh Stan, but that's fine for this one. So you wanna pull in from the point in, You really want you time to look at this. You want one of the main things the way you're gonna naturally read. It is from top to bottom and left to right. So the final goal of taking action is really important. 90% of books air not read past the first chapter. Similar statistics, of course. Online courses, videos. Whatever you look at, most people just don't finish things. So it's a major accomplishment to just take action on anything you learn. But you want that to be the new normal, because you're just giving yourself such an edge. If you're just taking action, most people never get to that point just getting to that point. You're well on your way, Um, so long as you keep going there. But you're eventually going to get some results, get some feedback, eventually improved extra. You're getting information from the right sources. You're eventually gonna I get where you want to be. So it's had a little bit of red. This journal. I want to get a nice That's actually the red we already used so dark in that it's not even really read. Um, that's, um he's a little bit more of the classic red, too much water on at that time. Okay, so I'm gonna add a touch of color for the major brands like Cora. Give it some more red Smith Q. That looks, I don't know Google. I can't remember what their color, how they organize their colors. But give me yellow in a green and then Amazon will put them in yellow, too. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, mixing stuff the wrong way. It's it's really not a big deal. And, uh, that's how you learn, issue, push up against the boundaries, figure out what works and what doesn't. There's that arrow, the smiley face arrow that you see on every Amazon box. So what are we doing now? Uh, this is getting pretty close to done. Um, what's highlight this Sunday? So that's an important area of taking action. So Let's make that yellow and the the quick board is too. So oops, I'm gonna come back with this and add another star. We're Starburst. Is there any? Where else? I think that file cabinet. Is there a song? That's good. So let's get those colored in and then I think we'll call it a day. Consign it if you want, and, uh, we'll add a title. Also, before I was saying go from the point out. But, uh, I've got the camera on a tripod. So not as free to change my hand is you. You guys are so that yellow you can kind of follow it around and and see where the important points are. I'm gonna add one more next to the printer, and I'm also gonna make the printer three dimensional. So I've been noticing. I thought, Well, doesn't make a big deal, but that printer three D and, uh, you really you gotta get a laser printer cause it's so much cheaper and it's so important to be printing stuff out. So it's game changer, and I'm gonna add a little bit of gray. - These tell getting some different shades of gray, so just spreading it around to kind of average everything out. Then there's our paper coming out right there. Don't like having that much gray up top. I want the spark to be lighter. I'm just gonna add a tiny bit warm. Just make a distinction better. And there you have it. So, um, actually, one note should have some purple, and that's it. So what's put it? What's put the title on it? Actually, I'm gonna use the big 10. - Okay . So ready to frame, Do whatever you want to do with it. Um, get this stuff out of the ways so you can get a view of the whole thing. You go. 18. 0556: