How to Retain Your Learnings
Developing the 3 pillars of my personal growth requires a holistic effort. Development refers to learning about ways to optimize my health, professional development and foster healthier relationships.
Development could come through many ways such as Books, videos, courses, podcasts and mentors (there are a million but these are my personal preferences). However, learning a lot means very little if it is accompanied with a low retention rate. At my peak, when I was going through a book a week, I realized this fundamental flaw. I was reading, watching a tonne of videos and absorbing so much information like a sponge, but could only vaguely remember what I would’ve read 6 months ago.
So, I came up with my Growth Journal. In its essence it was just a spreadsheet (Google Sheets). However, its meaning was way more for me. I created 3 different spreadsheet in accordance of my personal growth philosophy: Health, Wealth and Love. Under each, I created further subcategories. (For ex. Sales, Strategy, and Marketing under Wealth).
Every-time I read a book on sales, took a video course or tested an important insight, I journalized my learnings (actionable golden nuggets) as bullet points in these sub categories with more detailed explanation of what each point meant written as notes under each point.
Another insight that I quickly came to was that not all information was created equal. Hence, I created a weight system. This column allowed me to rank the information I would note down in order of importance and rank the information accordingly.
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