How to retain more of every book you read and a solution for loneliness [best reads]

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Issue 230

How to Use Spaced Repetition to Retain More of Every Book You Read | Medium

Reading offers the freedom to roam the expanse of space, time, history, and offer a deeper view of ideas, concepts, emotions, and a whole body of knowledge. Except we don’t remember a lot of what we read after a few months or years.

A Solution for Loneliness | Scientific American

Loneliness is rampant, and it’s killing us — literally. Anywhere from one quarter to one half of Americans feel lonely a lot of the time, which puts them at risk for developing a range of physical and mental illnesses, including heart disease…

Can We Live Longer But Stay Younger? | New Yorker

Aging, like bankruptcy in Hemingway’s description, happens two ways, slowly and then all at once. The slow way is the familiar one: decades pass with little sense of internal change, middle age arrives with only a slight slowing down…

4 Ways to Quiet Imposter Syndrome And Start Believing in Yourself | TED Ideas

Many of us have an inner voice telling us we lucked into what we have or we’re a fraud. That’s normal; the problem is when we believe it. Here’s how to start recognizing your own worth, from coach and consultant Tania Katan.

How Progress Compounds And Why It Matters | FS

“Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in ten years.” It’s unclear exactly who first made that statement, when they said it, or how it was phrased.

Reward Yourself with Negative Reinforcement | Zapier Blog

Recently, many of us at Zapier were talking about motivating yourself through reinforcements and how finding the right reinforcements is really hard. It reminded me of a concept from operant conditioning.

Can Decluttering Really Make You Happier? | BBC Future

“Tidying can transform your life.” This is the beguiling promise from Japanese decluttering evangelist Marie Kondo. Around 11 million people have bought her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up…

You Procrastinate Because Of Emotions, Not Laziness. Regulate Them To Stop Procrastinating! | Cognitive Today

There are two trains of thought — One leads to procrastination and one leads to motivation. And somewhere in between, there is a junction called anxiety. Let’s first look at the procrastination train of thought (at least that’s going somewhere…

Feeling Stuck at Work? Here’s How to Keep Moving Forward | Scott Young

In the last lesson, I showed why a lot of plans people make to avoid their work are misguided. Either the schemes don’t work at all (because they defy basic economic logic) or they result in escaping work only to leave a vacuum with nothing…

The Dangers of Treating Ideas From Finance as Generalised Self Help | Common Place

I thought it would be a little prudent — given that I’ve been writing about time allocation as capital allocation recently — to recap the dangers of reading too much into ideas drawn from the field of finance. What do I mean by this?


Until Next Week,

Thomas, Curator at Postaly Weekly


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