Wait?!? What?!?! I have a second brain? Yes, you do.
Ever feel like your brain is about to burst at the seams because you can’t fit anymore content, topics and ideas in. If only diffusion* works (bio-lovers will get this hopefully!) when I put that textbook over my head hoping it will seep in. But – in reality we are approaching things in the wrong manner.
Our brain is like a computer. It has a memory capacity; and we should be using that for what we really need. We shouldn’t be eating up its RAM by trying to remember what we need to do tomorrow, what homework we have and when’s that assessment due. Instead we should use our second brain.
Introducing you to your second brain: pen and paper. Yes, it’s really that simple! Or if you’re fancy, you can use a note-taking app. But, the essence of your second brain is to jot down thoughts the second they appear in your mind. Capture them and take them out of the brain where all the work needs to be done. Don’t occupy your brain with things that aren’t of upmost importance at the time. This will allow you to focus and use your full brain power in the task at hand.
Let’s say you are revising for an exam, and you remember that I’ve got to upload documents for my EAS, I’ve got to put the bins out or I’ve got to check out the KAT blog for the latest study tips (😎), note it in your second brain to free up space in your actual working brain.
That way you will have a lot less mental baggage and a lot more mental space to study and retain knowledge. Don’t use your brain as a storage-device for unnecessary things; use it when it matters most!
I’ve used this to list out all my uni work for every week; lectures, tutorials, practicals, assessments and tests; jot down ideas for my blog whilst I’m working and staying on top of tasks I need to do for my tutoring work. It really helps that I don’t have this mental baggage of remembering things, and I don’t forget anything I need to do – because it’s all set in ink.
If this has worked for you or if you have any other ways to stay productive, let me know in the comments below. As always, I’m all ears for any post requests you may have, so shoot away!
Say hello to your second brain today!
*Diffusion: The process by which a substance moves from an area of high concentration to low concentration. In my example, from a highly concentrated base of knowledge, that is my textbook, to a relatively lower base of knowledge – my brain!