To Study Well, You Must Go To Intellectual Combat

Do you give creative, thought-intense tasks the time and respect they really need – or are you getting so overly excited by tools and “hacks” that you try to rush through them?

When I interviewed Cal Newport (the founder of Study Hacks and one of my favorite authors) for the podcast, something he said really stuck with me:

“Creating things of value requires that you go to intellectual combat.”

Cal’s point was that you can’t just rush through highly thought-intensive tasks and expect to have good results. You have to focus, dive deep, and spend a lot of time with them.

This video explores that idea, and also offers up two simple techniques you can use to make sure you always have ample time to devote to this type of focused work.

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Video Notes

2 study tips that will help you get homework done faster and study better for exams!

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Now, I’m curious about your habits. Specifically, what time of day do you find is best for doing high-intensity work? Do you try to schedule the rest of your responsibilities with that in mind?

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I think it’s very tempting for everyone to get bogged down in ‘busy-work’. When I was at college I used to spend days busily reading everything on my reading list, then I’d spend a couple of hours reading back through my notes looking for themes to structure my essay around. I really didn’t spend long enough on thinking. In this day and age, few of us give ourselves time to actually think, and I believe that it’s in our thinking time that we do our best work and our best learning. When you give ourselves the leisure to make connections and mull things over we end up with a richer learning experience. This is why I encourage people to exercise – these days I often do my best work when I’m exercising, rather than when I’m in front of my computer ready to write a new blog post, or sitting up a blank sheet of paper in front of me.
Thanks for a thought provoking video!

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