Organizing a learning process

Understanding complexity depends on how well you organize data. 

Every time I get frustrated by what feels like millions of moving parts, I take a piece of paper and spill every little annoying nudge of an idea on paper.

The second thing I do is connect those ideas with a pen in a hub and spoke system, as some thoughts are merely smaller working pieces of the unifying concept.

The last thing I do is grab a post-it note and re-synthesize only the essential parts. Smaller space reinforces the most substantial, most significant elements.

I never take new concepts at face value. 

I need to break them down two or three times and in different formats to get it.

Try learning by mashing, remixing, and reformatting ideas. If you can create variations, you’ll understand the material more deeply.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.