This is only going to be a brief article as I’ve been up for the past 18 hours and have less than 6 hours until my alarm goes off ready for work. I have had a very busy day today which has kept me away from my writing but I want to keep my posting consistent, hence my being here now.
I read a book yesterday by Cal Newport called How to Become a Straight-A Student. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I will likely talk about it in greater depth in tomorrow’s update, however, I just want to discuss an idea that keeps popping up time and time again.
This particular recurrence seems like it should be obvious, although I have rarely had the fortitude to practice it myself. I also know that few people I have come across have relied on it either. The techniques that seem to be the key to success in every area of your life is daily progress and thorough plans.
Understanding This Breakthrough
I chose Cal’s book in hopes that it would provide me a bit of insight into how I’m going to achieve my goal of the high grades this year at university. It definitely shared some useful ideas, but it mostly allowed me to recognise a common theme that cannot just be a coincidence.
One of the keys to being a straight A student is that you’re not cramming for exams. He suggests learning a little bit at a time, but often. This reminds me quite heavily of the essence of the previous books I’ve read that suggest our destinies are created by the small decisions we make each day.
Taking twenty minutes here to learn a concept, and twenty minutes there to learn a concept. They’re small decisions that make the most of the time available but compound into great results.
The other vitally important concept is to plan accordingly. It is essential that you know what topics are necessary to cover in order to pass your exams, and then plan your study sessions around that. It makes so much sense. Why study the rest of the textbook when your goal is to pass the exam? Yes, it would be great to have a thorough knowledge of it all, but those bits can be studied when they’re necessary to know.
It’s also important to plan so that you know what you’re supposed to be studying and when. You will never find yourself fooled into wasting an entire study session just trying to decide what exactly you need to study.
This idea basically states that you should learn the necessary knowledge and skills to accomplish your goal and no more. Don’t waste your time with any additional fluff just in case it comes in useful later. When you need that extra information or those additional skills, you can learn them then.
Could This Be The Most Important Lesson So Far?
There are so many small nuggets of gold that I have mined in just these past few days. I’m left questioning whether the smaller details are really going to be necessary if I don’t grasp the bigger picture, though. I’m glad I’ve noticed these correlating ideas at such an early stage.
I’m going to leave you with a couple of quotes that will hopefully help these hit home:
Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine – Darren Hardy