Newsletter – No 1 September 2020
Welcome to my first email update which aims to keep you thinking positively, share some recent learning and help you get the most out of your life!
So first an update – why a website?
Several years ago I got into the habit of sharing my book reviews on a Facebook group, then got thrown out of the group for providing a non-controversial review of a Donald Trump book. So I decided why not make my own Facebook group. Did this around 4 years ago, now has over 600 members from 60 countries all across the world. If you like looking at data Facebook do provide you with the opportunity to download various metrics from this, this is a good thing. However, Facebook could just remove the group and all posts and connections would be lost. Therefore set up www.chrisweatherburn.com, opted for this name and to be fair inspired to make the website after listening to this blog interviewing Dr Ali Abdaal.
My website also aims to broaden my impact on the world by sharing the content I produce more widely. Instead of solely a Facebook group am going to try to upload posts to my website, share these on Twitter and also start to do YouTube videos. Over the years have gained an understanding of these platforms but am certainly no influencer. In terms of YouTube it is really a learning process but have already established need to keep these shorter. Would encourage you all to try here I think fail fast is the way forward. Will need to work this one up more.
Recently have read Jim Collins – Great By Choice
Well this book is not that great but does highlight that you can’t control many factors but keep ‘marching’ in a direction that you can control. Fire ‘bullets’ often, these are small minimal effort, minimal risk changes. Until you are ready to fire your ‘cannon’ the large effort in the correct direction. These lessons are clearly applicable to not just business and day to day life.
Planning on exploring Instagram – so set up an account, feel free to check my Instagram out and let me know what you think. Soon realised didn’t really understand the point of Instagram. After being constantly bombarded by spam bots thought would give a book about making money on Instagram this a quick read, check out my review. I summarise the mains points and have at least put up the suggested ‘cool’ photos with relevant hashtags. Think will put Instagram on hold for the moment.
The main concept would like to highlight in this newsletter is a method of remembering items in a certain order using a mind map.
If you ever wanted to play the conveyor belt memory challenge on the television programme thee Generation Game it would be useful for playing. Wouldn’t recommend watching a full re-run of any episode of the Generation Game but someone on Youtube has made a cartoon version of the game you could check out.
The trick is to create a mind map of a familiar route such as entering your house, remember this in detail and number objects. When you then try to remember a new list think of the list that you have learnt based on the route and make in your mind both these objects vividly interact.
So for example, in my house have done this; objects as follows:
- Lava Lamp
- Google Home
- Table Football
Have even added stickers to make me remember these clearly and also to teach the concept to my children.
Then when I encounter a list of things it is easier to remember then and recall the position in that order. So for example this diagram below:
I would look at these and vividly think:
- Clock and Bike
- Dishwasher and Apple
- Kettle and Dog
- Microwave and Cola
- Oven and Plane
- Lava Lamp and Coffee
- Google home and handshake
- Keyboard and Ball
- Computer and Tooth
- TV and number nine
- Fire and Bird
- Table Football and Tree
- Bookshelf and House
- Sofa and Piano
- Router and Axe
- Radiator and letter K
- Mirror and Car
- Toilet and Cake
- Sink and Umbrella
- Shower and Party Hat
You can reuse this mental list as long as you remember your first list very well! Ideally you have a few lists in your head to ‘peg’ things onto in case you need to remember similar items.
- Clock and Bus
- Dishwasher and Cook
- Kettle and Teacher
- Microwave and exam result
- Oven and Letters
- Lavalamp and Calendar
- Google home and girl by door
- Keyboard and Slide
- Computer and Basketball
- TV and chemistry
- Fire and Swing
- Table football and helmet
- Bookshelf and food tray
- Sofa and Pencil
- Router and Numbers
- Radiator and Guitar
It is not perfect but with a bit of practice could help remember things. The difficulty is who needs to remember a list of things now anyway as everyone has their phone!
Hope this has been useful. Plan to write occasional newsletters.
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