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When it comes to audio programs or reading books I seem
to have this amazing ability of alowing my head to drift into auto-pilot mode ..
which means while the words I read do enter my head they never take any
precedence over the future conversations I’m having with girls in my head.. I drift off

To tackle this problem, I developed a simple solution:

Note Taking

Note taking is really important because a lot of audio programs
now days are filled with irrelevant and repeated information
(to fill the content) unfortunately this leaves us sitting there thinking
‘Okay,so when does the actual content start??’ before
realizing OH SHIT THISS IS THE CONTENNT!! (quietly sneaking up on you)

Here are my tips and rules on note taking:

Jot down 80% of what you learn, but keep 30%

No one actually knows what they’re in for we all have to walk into
ambiguity/weirdness or incompletion at some point in our lives
and create meaning out of it because the informations never self-evident.

The trick to making something out of nothing is jotting down 80% of what you take in
and then going back over those notes and taking 30% of what’s left.

In the end you end up with condensed information which tailored to what you need to learn.

Hit the fast forward button (audio programs)

If your using windows media player, you can right click the screen > go to Play speed settings and drag
the cursor up to 1.4 or 2.0. This will increase your play back time and allow you skip all the fluff talk.
Note: In VLC Playback > Faster

Drop Audio book marks

In VLC Player there is an option to drop book on your file. This is mostly useful for single and long audio files
rather then split files and it lets you go back over any points of interest you might want to listen to or write down
at a later date (if your feeling lazy)

Note: For Windows Media Player you can download the free plugin by Catena Logic called
My media book-marks

Use Wiki on a stick

If you jot down a lot of your information on the computer like I do
then you’ll find value in keeping your own information in the one
place. Wiki on a stick is like your own personal Wikipedia, It can run
off your thumb drive making it useful in any remote locations
and it can store images using using HTML

Grab it for free from http://stickwiki.sourceforge.net/

Use Mind Mapping software

Sometimes it can be really helpful to jot notes down in a visual form
to help you collect ‘the whole image’ in one place. A sick piece of software is
Mind Jet, Mind manager pro.

You can grab the trial from http://www.mindjet.com/

Review your information

Finally go over all your compiled information every 3 days. This will help to refresh your
memory with new insights and ways of being. If you don’t go over your compiled information
you’ll eventually forget to internalize it and It’ll be ineffective.

Final summary:

  • Collect 80% of what you learn, throw away 30%
  • Fast forward your play speed to get through all the content quicker
  • Use Audio Bookmarks to restore your sessions and go over content
  • Use personal wiki to collect information
  • Create a Mind-map to visually explore your information

Personal notes on my progression:

Until last year of going through lots of content and realizing that I was being ineffective with the content I ‘learned’
I had no idea about note taking, mind maping or personal wikipedias. It’s only through my friends and trial/error
that I learned that laying on the bed listening to something or reading a book without a sketchpad/laptop was in effective
until last year I had no idea of the benefits of note taking.

Final notes: Cognition is perception, awareness and knowledge of whats is really happening around you. If other people choose to be ignorant – let them. You ACCEPT cognition of the truth. If you want to have power over life, you have to perceive it. Otherwise you are ignorant & powerless of what is happening and living life passively. Note taking is cognition, Be cognitive.