Spaced repetition. Haven’t heard of it? Read on.
There’s an amazing book, Fluent Forever, by Gabriel Wyner.
He’s an engineer, turned opera singer, turned polyglot.
His system for learning languages is one of the best, if not the best out there.
(If you’re interested at all in languages or how the brain works, you should definitely check him out. My cousin went from zero French to practically fluent in 4 months, and now she’s on to Korean.)
Anyway, enough about him.
We’re going to talk about one of the ideas in his book that applies directly to you.
The basic idea is this:
The most efficient way to create a new long term memory of something (say a new word), is to get to the point where you’ve almost forgotten it, and then try to remember it.
So instead of studying the same word every day for 30 days in a row, you look at it every three days, then seven days, then ten days…your brain has to work a little harder to remember the word, and doing so creates a deeper groove in your brain, that eventually becomes permanent.
This is why you can study something for a week or a semester, pass a test and then later it’s like you never knew it at all. Because you’re brain never had to work that hard to remember the information.
What does this have to do with weight loss and health you’re wondering?
If you want to create new long term habits. It’s not enough to just eat right, or exercise, every day for a month or two. That doesn’t actually create life-long change in your habits.
What does is choosing a new behavior, falling-off the bandwagon, and then getting back on, over and over again.
This process of “forgetting” and then “remembering” actually builds the deep grooves in your brain that will last a lifetime.
30-day challenges may be fun and exhilarating. But like those two semesters of high-school French you took, they’re not very useful in the long run.
What is useful?
To join us in building some better grooves, join us here:
Kate (& Jason)