Test Failures: Mayday everything is falling apart… Not

It has been 18 days since my last post, 2.5 weeks and everything is coming back to abnormal again, bad habits, feeling tired and sleepy all day long even after I had 6+ hours of sleep, rather than even I should probably use because on that.

When taking shower, I think to myself this is bad, really bad, I’m falling back again. But after second thought I remember about what Charles Duhigg said in the podcast, something like “When we see how our lives are a series of experiments, seeing success or failures on just another experiments results rather than a right or wrong result, we can learn on them”, so I don’t like it, my current condition, I don’t like it and how do I get here?

  1. getting addicted to social media,
  2. sleep more than I should,
  3. not eating compatible breakfast

The 2.5 weeks is an experiment of how I personally to achieved bad condition, low energy, wasting time, feeling half fulfilled, yeay I succeed quite insignificantly.

So, let’s start again on another experiment and see how it will come to fruition. First, based on my previous test and learn, I found that

  1. I can modify my waking behavior by practicing physical mental model 5 times of how I really get up from bed after hearing alarm
  2. Drink 2 glass of water and bread with peanut butter or a fruit
  3. Do 15 – 30 minutes morning walk to get warm up and ready for the day
    1. 3-6 minutes for breathing
    2. 3-6 minutes for relaxing
    3. 3-6 minutes for quiet time
    4. 3-6 minutes for praying for others
    5. 3-6 minutes for gratitude and today will be accomplishment
  4. Review Life purpose, Business Strategic Objective
  5. Create action plan for today
  6. Replace the urge for any social media and news by identifying what I really want to satisfy by doing this urge and use quiet time as the replacement

Those things above are tested, proven and verified by myself for myself, doesn’t have the same weight for others but bring results for me and that’s what matter. (notes for those who would try to duplicate)

 

Test #4: Using 3 Minutes Continuous Timer will Increase Productivity by Increasing Speed and Short Reflection

Test Card

Title
Using 3 Minutes Continuous Timer will Increase Productivity by Increasing Speed and Short Reflection

Due Date / Duration
July 26, 2016 / 1 weeks

Step 1 – Hypothesis – Critical: 2 
I believe that having continuous 3 minutes timer will increase my productivity by
– increasing speed: reminded to do it faster
– short reflection: focus, is my time well spend, is the effort on the right direction, are there any alternatives, are there something else better to do than this

Step 2 – Test – Cost: 1 – Reliability: 1 
To verify, I will

  1. Set continuous timer for 3 minutes
  2. Practice using timer when working alone and together

Step 3 – Metric – Time Required: 1
And measure

  1. Feeling of faster: slower 1 – 5 faster
  2. Focus: worst 1 – 5 very focused
  3. Time efficient
    1. Cut Waste: lesser 1 – 5 very frequent
    2. Switch Task: lesser 1 – 5 very frequent
1  2 3 4 5 6 7
Faster 4 4 3 4 4 4 4
Focus 4 4 4 4 5 4 4
Cut Waste 4 3 3 4 4 4 4
Switch
Task
 4 3 3 3 3 3 4

Notes:

  1. Difficulty in getting tool for continuous alarm: found iphone alarm app

Step 4 – Criteria
I am right if at the end of the test

  1. Feeling of faster: >=4
  2. Focus: >= 4
  3. Time efficient
    1. Cut Waste >= 4
    2. Switch Task >= 4

Learning Card

Step 1 – Hypothesis 
I believe that ==Same with above==

Step 2 – Observation – Reliability: 1
I observed

  1. Result
    1. Feeling of faster: 3.8 > after the test immediately feel faster
    2. Focus: 4.1 > increased focus on issues on hand and remind when getting sidetracked
    3. Time efficient
      1. Cut Waste: 3.7 > after 4 days, starting to get the chance to reflect and cut the waste, on the first 3 days only increased focus
      2. Switch Task: 3.2
  2. Test done mostly when working alone,
  3. Testing when working with others also have the same effect though require how to conceal the alarm sound

Step 3 – Learnings and Insights – Action Required: 1
From that I learned that

  1. Having short timer can increase focus, feeling of effective, cut wasteful task and ability to switch task (not lingering too long on a task more than necessary)
  2. On short task the short timer works to reflect on distraction and keep hustling
  3. On high concentration tasks which require 30 minutes or so to complete, I can be deaf of the timer due to the focus, I prefer using a longer timer with short timer in between – best of both worlds
    1. Short timer to remind when distracted in doing long task (Very important), I don’t want to think about cut waste or switch task for every 3 minutes, because it takes more than that and will just distract.
    2. Long timer with distinctive sound so that I can reflect on whether to cut waste or switch task
    3. I use Podomori 25 minutes work (long timer) + 5 minutes break
      1. With interval 3 minutes in the 25 minutes work (short timer)

Step 4 – Decision and Actions
Therefore, I will

  1. Will use Podomori with Long + Short Timer

Test #3: Reprogramming Habit create New Habit by Simulation

Test Card

Title
Making new habit by practicing waking up actions 3 times before going to bed

Due Date / Duration
July 28, 2016 / 2 weeks

Step 1 – Hypothesis – Critical: 2 
I believe that in 1 week by practicing or simulating the actions on waking up before going to bed will make a habit.

This is based on the book Sleep Hacking that teach how to wake at 5 AM, by creating reflex, or neuron memory of action we will do under certain conditions, by simulating it few times we prepare the behavior so that when we met the same condition we will effortlessly do the programmed behavior without much will power, something like autopilot behavior. The book emphasize on the practice/simulate until you don’t need to think about what to do, but you just do it, if you still think what should I do next then simulate again.

The conditions and actions that I will try to simulate are

  1. Lights turn off
  2. Alarm turned on smartphone
  3. Sleep in the bed with blanket on
  4. Alarm ring
  5. Immediately remove the blanket and wake up
  6. Breath deeply and Stretch
  7. Open the bedroom door
  8. Go to bathroom to wash face
  9. Complete
  10. Repeat to step 3

Step 2 – Test – Cost: 1 – Reliability: 1 
To verify, I will

  1. First week: Simulate 3 times before going to sleep
  2. Second week: without simulation observe behavior

Step 3 – Metric – Time Required: 1
And measure

  1. Wake up on time
1  2 3 4 5 6 7
Week 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1
Week 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 1

Notes:

  1. Day 3: After simulation, I still stay awake for another 2 hours and then not waking up on the next morning, probably too tired
  2. Day 5: alarm set at 4.00 and 5.20, I overslept the 4.00 alarm but awake on the 5.20 alarm
  3. Day 6:wake at 3.30 alarm but sleep again and had dreams and wake on 5.20
  4. Day 7: stop simulation
  5. Day 9: awake but starting to get lazy again, not autopilot yet
  6. Day 10: Awake at 5.20 without alarm
  7. Day 11: sleep at 2 am and wake at 7am, miss the alarm
  8. Day 12: wake at 4 am without alarm but didn’t have anything to do and go back to sleep, need plan to do something after waking up
  9. Day 13: practice again for 5 times and can wake fast again and do the routine

Step 4 – Criteria
I am right if at the end of the test

  1. First week: wake up on time >  80% (6 days)
  2. Second week: wake up on time 100% (7 days)

Learning Card

Step 1 – Hypothesis 
I believe that ==Same with above==

Step 2 – Observation – Reliability: 1
I observed

  1. First week: wake up on time in 6 out of 7 days
    1. Fail to wake up when sleeping very late and probably more tired
  2. Second week – no simulation: wake on time in 6 out of 7 days
    1. Fail to wake up when sleeping very late
    2. When practiced again for 5 times before going to sleep, it become easy to wake and do routine again

Step 3 – Learnings and Insights – Action Required: 1
From that I learned that

  1. After practicing for 7 days –
    1. I can wake on the designated time even without alarm
    2. habit of waking up on 5.20 but not the habit of actions on waking up
  2. If I sleep very late or very tired then it doesn’t work
    1. alarm get missed
  3. If the action on getting up feels hard or doing it sluggishly then just practice again to get back to the new habit
  4. I found that I Need motivation of doing something after awake, else I just go back to sleep or even inhibit the new habit

Step 4 – Decision and Actions
Therefore, I will

  1. Set up motivation for doing something after awake
  2. Practice 3 to 5 time for 1 or 2 days to form the habit again
  3. Need to test in condition without alarm to see whether I can wake up on time

Test #2: Stretch and SMART Goals increase sense of fulfillment and productivity

Test Card

Title
Using Stretch and SMART goals to increase sense of fulfillment and productivity

Due Date / Duration
July 21, 2016 / 1 week

Step 1 – Hypothesis – Critical: 1
I believe that using Stretch and SMART goals every day will increase my sense of fulfillment and productivity.

My stretch goals are

  1. Personal life purpose
  2. Strategic objective of my businesses

Step 2 – Test – Cost: 1 – Reliability: 1 
To verify, I will

  1. printout my personal life purpose and strategic objective of my businesses
  2. review my stretch goals every morning
  3. choose some activity that match my stretch goals
  4. create SMART goals for that activity in that day

Step 3 – Metric – Time Required: 1
And measure

  1. Doing the review of stretch goals and planning for SMART goals, value 1: No, 2: Half, 3: Yes
  2. Sense of fulfillment for that day, value 1: No, 2: Yes, 3: Very
  3. Task completed on that day, value: 1: No, 2: yes, 3: Faster
1  2 3 4 5 6 7
Do Review  2 2 3 3 2 2 2
Sense of Fulfillment 1 2 3 3 3 3 3
Task Completed 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Notes:

  1. Day 5: it difficult to create SMART goals and complete them in that day

Step 4 – Criteria
I am right if at the end of the test

  1. Sense of fulfillment average > 1.5
  2. Task completion average >1.5

Learning Card

Step 1 – Hypothesis 
I believe that ==Same with above==

Step 2 – Observation – Reliability: 1
I observed in 1 week

  1. Doing review and planning average is 2.29, which most of the time I only do reviewing Stretch goal and identifying what I really need to do to achieve them.
  2. Sense of fulfillment average is 2.4, above the 1.5 criteria, which means this confirm that reviewing and identifying what to do can increase sense of fulfillment
  3. Task completed average is 1, which means this doesn’t affect productivity

Step 3 – Learnings and Insights – Action Required: 1
From that I learned that

  1. The hypothesis are half proved that by reviewing stretch goals and identifying activities to achieve them every morning can increase sense of fulfillment but not with the SMART goals and productivity increase.
  2. To create SMART goals for today activities are hard,
    1. it require more focus, time and effort to create and the tasks cannot be completed within one day, especially if the task are broad and have many unknown factor.
    2. or I need to find a suitable format for short SMART goals that compatible for daily task
  3. Productivity or task completion are low probably due to lack of SMART goal

Step 4 – Decision and Actions
Therefore, I will

  1. Test for creating SMART goals will increase productivity / task completion rate

Test #1 – Reprogramming Habit by Identifying underlying need and replacement action

Testing Card

Title
Reprogramming Habit by identifying underlying needs and replace the action to fulfill the underlying needs

Due Date / Duration
July 21, 2016 / 1 week

Step 1 – Hypothesis – Critical: 1
I believe that by reprogramming habit can be done by identifying the underlying needs of the habits and then replace the habit by other action that can fulfill the underlying needs.

My habits are getting distracted by viewing social media, news site, reading comments, manga sites which can take a lot of my time and at the end of the day feeling unproductive and unfulfilled.

The underlying needs are

  1. Feeling of bored: when waiting for some work to load, I feel bored and need something to fill my time
  2. Need excitement: what’s new
  3. Need progress: I should be doing something, reading news is making me more knowledgeable
  4. Need certainty and closure: on complex tasks which I don’t have the solution yet, I went to manga sites to follow stories which are made by authors, the tension, how the character respond and solve it, the character know what to do and not just being idle. When watching those I feel the certainty and closure not like the problems that I am facing off against.

The replacement action is praying or meditating to feel the presence of God, which should answer my needs of feeling bored, excitement junkie, progress by giving up worries and certainty by trusting / have faith for help from God

Step 2 – Test – Cost: 1 – Reliability: 1 (limited time and sample)
To verify, I will

  1. change my desktop and smartphone background wallpaper to something related with Praying or Presence of God to remind myself of this new routine
  2. switch the action to pray or feeling the presence of god, every time I get distracted and going to open social media, news site or manga sites
  3. and stay there until needs get fulfilled or subsided

Step 3 – Metric – Time Required: 1
And measure

1  2 3 4 5 6 7
Needs Arise  8  9 6 6 5 4 4
Distracted 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Notes:

  1. Day 4 & 5: the relapse or needs arise for distraction were reduced significantly but not yet forming a new habit, I still consciously need to stop and change the course of action.

Step 4 – Criteria
I am right if at the end of the test

  1. Needs arised and Distraction equal zero
  2. Action are totally replaced

Learning Card

Step 1 – Hypothesis 
I believe that ==Same with above==

Step 2 – Observation – Reliability: 1
I observed in 1 week the relapse/need arised were reduced from 9 per day to 4 per day but didn’t yet formed a habit, still require conscious effor to change course of action

Step 3 – Learnings and Insights – Action Required: 1
From that I learned that

  1. By replacing with feeling the presence of God, the needs are fulfilled,
    1. it take under 1 minutes to fulfill and going back
    2. addiction/relapses was reduced
    3. though not completely eliminated
  2. At stressful time, relapse occurred more frequently
  3. I can let loose following the relapse but controllable, just a moment and then stop
  4. Habit was not formed but the will power required to switch was low, can be done easily without a lot of effort
  5. I found myself able to focus more on work and being more productive

The hypothesis of reprogramming habit by replacing the action of fulfilling underlying needs can be concluded as

  1. It successfully change and put the habit under control
  2. After 3 days the relapse will decrease
  3. Habit was not formed in 1 weeks, though it is not necessary to change the habit because the most important result is to stop the old habit. Having a new better habit will be positive but having able to stop and control over bad habit is what really matters.

Step 4 – Decision and Actions
Therefore, I will

  1. Continue to handle relapse this way and hopefully form a new habit
  2. If I find other bad addictions, behaviors or thought patterns that are hard to change then
    1. Identify the underlying needs
    2. find alternative positive actions to fulfill those needs
    3. stick with it for at least 3 days without allowing relapse
    4. depending on the needs and the action,  the needs can be fulfilled under 1 minutes which really a very short time.
  3. Further tests related to goal are not required due to success in stopping and controlling the bad habit
  4. But test on how to made a new habit can be interesting though.

Some candidates for changes are

  1. Wake up habit
  2. Response to kids attitude
  3. Being Passive when learning, meaning only analysis without syntehsis

SMART and EXPERIMENT

I am implementing the EXPERIMENT method in everything I have learnt and want to implement, in self improvement, business and so many thing and found that I can consistently adapt and learn in real practice what work and dont, what cause, don’t cause or I dont know. 

One of them is how to implement SMART goals. 
The similarity 

The differencep

Mind Map & Fish Bone Diagram

What is the Problem

  1. Note taking using usual List Format is not enough to take notes about complex concept, brainstorming, research. What we need are note taking technique that
    1. Flexible: sometimes we need to jump to previous section of the note because it is related
    2. Fast to create
    3. Easy to Read later on, like after 6 month you can see the notes and
    4. Easy to find specific part that you need later on
    5. Easy to recall/grasp the concept later on
  2. How to find the root cause of a problem
  3. How to create an outline to write a book from just 2 basic idea

Mind Map

Why it is called Mind Map? Because it mimic of how we think which is like a web. Example when we think about Jakarta we relate Jakarta with traffic, malls, many people. For traffic we relate them with hectic in rush hours, multitude of cars, our experience in such traffic jam. If we think about Malls the we relate them with a lot of malls, the biggest malls, most frequently visited malls.

. Here is an example how we take notes about what it takes to Build A House

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  1. At first we create the theme “Build A House”
  2. Then we create the outline: we need to think about the Structure, Roof, Wall, Door & Window, Water & Electricity and Interior
  3. Then we dig deeper:
    1. Structure: we need to know about creating strong foundation
    2. Wall, Door & Window: we plastic door for bathroom and aluminium window
    3. Interior: we need furniture
  4. Then more Deeper:
    1. we think about the detail of each parts and
    2. also we found we need to think about Schedule & Cost 
    3. and the Matching Color of the Furniture with the Paint / Wallpaper

The above process is how we usually think which is jumping here and there. By using mind map, we can take notes flexibly and in compact form. Compare that with List Format like below

Build A House

  1. Structure
    1. Foundation
    2. Column
  2. Wall, Door & Windows
    1. Plastic Door for Bathroom
    2. Aluminium Window
    3. Paint & Wallpaper
  3. Roof
  4. Wall & Electricity
    1. Cable
    2. Pipe
  5. Interior
    1. Furniture: should match the color of Wall Paint/Wallpaper

Fish Bone Diagram

Can be used as an alternative of Mind Map but also frequently called Cause and Effect Diagram

But first why does it called Fish Bone Diagram

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Do we need to draw the Fish Head and Tail or using this as template? No, below is what it looks in real world. This is fish bone diagram for brainstorming in preparing “A Great Thanksgiving Holiday”

thanksgivingfishbone1

Why does it is also called Cause and Effect Diagram? Because it can be used in mapping the root cause and effect of a problem, like the following “What is the cause of Late Medication in a hospital”

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Key Points

  1. Use keywords not long sentences
  2. There are no rules in how to create mind map or fish bone diagram,  the objective is note taking and the notes should be easily understood. You can use vertical fish bone, make line connection between the nodes, or anything as long as you can easily read / understand them.
  3. You can create a book outline by just 2 ideas and then try to breakdown on what sub topics, fact, stories, illustration that you can add to explain the ideas further

Speed Reading Technique

 

Overview

  1. Human information bandwidth capacity VS bandwidth for reading
    1. Human information bandwidth is large, think like 10Mbps
      1. You can ride a bike using sight, hearing, balancing your body, pedaling using your foot, balancing your hand, and hit the brake when you see the red light. The five senses are all information and our brain can process them and react based on those five senses, the brain is a quite powerful processing engine and can receive a lot of data.
    2. Sleepy when reading? It’s like opening internet with 24 Kbps, you get sleepy, bored, and disinterested. Bandwidth of normal or slow reading speed is like 24 Kbps while you brain have more capacity than that.
    3. Speed reading is just a technique to enlarge the bandwidth of taking information from reading, you have the processing capacity in the brain but you just don’t use the right skill to enlarge the bandwidth
    4. Reading is just an information feed, like sound, sight, pressure on your skin, heat or cold, balancing your body
  2. I have gathered techniques acquired from 3 speed reading books and training
    1. There are also some exercise below that can be used to measure your speed and immediately show your progress within 1 hour.
    2. My experience in teaching this skill for a teenager, his speed was 98 Words Per Minutes, after practicing for 5 pages, his speed can reach up to 250 Words Per Minutes (2,5 times faster)
  3. Normal reading speed around 100-150 Words Per Minute
  4. Here I will explain the following skills
    1. Speed Reading Level 1 will increase your speed up to 500 Words Per Minute (3 times faster)
    2. Speed Reading Level 2 will increase your speed up to > 500 Words Per Minute, even more than 1000 WPM
    3. Book Reading Technique and Mind Map, how to study a book comprehensively
  5. Our objective in work environment is to complete Level 1 and Book Reading Technique, Level 2 is nice to have but require rigorous training.
  6. These are skills and like other skills it gets better when you train routinely, but if you don’t train then expect your speed to came back to normal. I am talking from experience. I had reached Level 2 and can grasp concept faster but when I didn’t train it came back to 300 – 500 WPM

Speed Reading Level 1 – Focus and Techniques

  1. Use Finger Index to read
    1. read by moving  finger with constant speed
    2. finger lead the eyes, not eyes lead the finger
    3. try to maintain fast enough speed at your limit while maintain understanding, remember constant speed, don’t slow down or getting faster, CONSTANT and AT YOUR LIMIT
  2. Don’t regress, to go back to previous sentence because you don’t understand them but keep reading forward
    1. The cause of not understanding what you’ve read is lack of focus, your mind wasn’t there when you read it.
    2. The solution is not to reread or regress but to really focus on what you currently read
    3. Focus on now, current, by regressing you make a habit of not paying attention
    4. If You will feel “I missed/don’t understand that part”  then you should think “I can’t go back, I need to be focusing on what I am currently reading, so I can understand“. This will discipline your mind to focus on what at hand, on now, not the past or the future (Hmm, sound like some Zen philosophy)
    5. Don’t worry, if there are important issues then they will repeated and explained on other parts of the reading materials
  3. Hanging Eyes: Read the top half part of the letter,
    1. Rather than read the full font/letter (top to down), read the top half part
    2. Example: put a piece of paper to cover the bottom half of the text and try to read them
  4. Consciously avoid sub vocal
    1. Sub vocal reading is saying the words you read on your mind, your mouth doesn’t speak the words but your mind speak it
    2. Remember reading is just information feed like sound, light and so on, you don’t need to sub vocal to understand the meaning.
    3. The maximum speed for if you are sub vocal reading is 500 Words per Minutes which is the limit of Level 1.
    4. In level 1 you’re expected to minimize the sub vocal reading but not totally eliminate them, because eliminating sub vocal reading is done in Level 2

When you use this technique especially CONSTANT speed and Don’t REGRESS, you will find that your focus increase, even if your surrounding is noisy, you won’t notice them and it become enjoyable because your mind is focused and engaged.

Book Reading Technique

This technique can be used for studying, with the goal of understanding the concept and having a easy to remember note using mind map / fishbone diagram.

  1. Critical thinking is the baseline of this technique, not just accepting, but argue, criticize, summarize, conclude, think of implication
    1. ask what does the author want to say
    2. how is the author want to explain the ideas
    3. why do the author explain it that way
    4. so what is this all about
    5. what is the important issue
    6. make assumptions of what the book is all about and disprove them
  2. Read the table of content using Level 1 
    1. After finish reading the table of content, try to create assumption what are the content of this book and how might the author try to explain them.
  3. Read each page with limit of 1 second per page, from the start to the end of book
    1. 360 page = 360 seconds = 6 minutes
    2. see the bold textmarked texttablespictures, chart
    3. after reading, summarize and try to understand:
      1. the structure of the book,
      2. the method of explanation (a lot of picture, with exercises, with examples),
      3. the outline of the book
      4. review your first assumptions from reading the table of content 
      5. This part is important don’t continue to next step until you have a summary or assumptions of the book
  4. Read each chapter with limit of 2 second per page and Create Mind Map for that Chapter
    1. After getting an overview, now try to get more detail
    2. Stop after finishing a chapter  and create a note using Mind Map diagram or fishbone Diagram
      1. What are the important keywords, topics, sub title, bold texts, charts that caught your eyes? Noted them in the Mind Map diagram
      2. Do this without opening the book try to get them from your memory
      3. Review your assumptions
      4. This part is also important and provide at least 2 minutes to really get all important keywords
      5. Based on my experiences around 80% of the concept was grasped in process
  5. Read each chapter with speed reading technique – Level 1
    1. Stop at the end of each chapter and complete the Mind Map / Fishbone diagram that you have made
    2. Review your assumption

By the end of this technique you have

  1. read the book 3 times (1 second, 2 second, read wholly)
  2. Create assumptions and review them 3 times (table of content, 1 second, and 2 second)
    1. This is the learning process when you make mistakes and then correct them, you learn more than just read to understand.
    2. In traveling what do you remember the most? The bad experiences or the good ones, most will answer the bad experiences like: the bathroom is not clean, they didn’t get me the towel, the traffic was so bad. You can remember and imagine bad experience clearly. So when you’re wrong and get corrected you remember them better.
    3. This make you review what you know or expect against what really inside of the books (learning).
    4. Why in the class, after the lecturer finish explaining and ask for questions, there usually very few that raised questions?
      1. You just got the concept and use your faculty to understand, you haven’t got the chance to rethink about it using critical thinking (which one is not clear, how this relate with other parts, so on).
      2. If you had understanding about the concept before and then you find some discrepancy between what you know and what the lecturer explain, then you can ask something.
  3. Using this technique, we can read a book of 300 pages in 3,5 hours and with more than 70% understanding 
    1. 1 minutes for table of content
    2. 5 minutes for 1 second reading
    3. 10 minutes for 2 second reading
    4. 10 minutes for creating mind map from the 2 second reading (assuming 5 chapters)
    5. 2,5 hours for reading with Level 1 – i f your speed is 500 WPM
    6. 15 minutes for creating mind map from the reading with Level 1
  4. Imagine if  you’re a student, you can devour all your study books in one month
    1. 1 books = 2 days (allocate 2 hours per day)
    2. 1 month = 15 books
    3. It won’t get boring because if you have learn Level 1 your focus will increase and you can enjoy reading book

Speed Reading Level 2 – Beyond Sub Vocal – Peripheral Vision

Level 1 and Book Reading Technique is very easy to do and can immediately show result in just a couple of hours, but Level 2 require more effort and time, so I didn’t recommend them so much, but if you want to try and experience some brain smashing experience here goes.

  1. Eliminate sub vocal reading, by increasing your peripheral vision  for reading
    1. What 1000 Words per Minute look like? Reading per page for 2 seconds just like flipping the page
    2. Is it attainable? It is really harder than level 1 and need routine training
  2. Read per phrase not per word
    1. instead of: [word]  [by]   [word]
    2. better: [word by] [word]
    3. even better: [word by word]
  3. Read backward
    1. After you successfully use the Read per phrase, you have increase your peripheral vision, you can stop them and use this technique to eliminate completely Sub Vocal reading.
    2. Read Backward: from right to left  
    3. You won’t be able to sub vocal if you read from right to left 
    4. This will force your brain to find meaning of the words and try to construct the concept
    5. Remember, reading is information feed
    6. You’ll get a headache at first but persist for at least 20 pages and you’ll see how your brain can actually make sense of the words
    7. Another variation is by zig zag
      1. first line: left to right,
      2. second line: right to left,
      3. third line: left to right
  4. Read by block
    1. Do this after you can read backward comfortably
    2. Use newspaper that use text with small column 
    3. Instead of reading by line, you read by chunk
    4. Focus your peripheral focus 5 to 8 lines at once
    5. So if the column has 20 lines, your focus is only 4 spots (20 lines / 5 lines = 4 spots)

Practice

Exercise 1 – Measuring your Normal Speed

  1. Pick a book and prepare a timer
  2. Start the timer and read one page (full of text, avoid page with pictures) with your normal speed
  3. When finish reading the page, note down the time you take for reading that page, example: 1 minutes 30 second = 1.5 minutes
  4. Count the number of words in one line, ex: 8 words
  5. Count the number of lines in that page, ex: 30 lines
  6. Count the number of words in one page = number of words in one line x number of lines , ex: 240 words = 8 x 30
  7. Divide words per page with your time : 240 / 1.5 = 160 Words Per Minutes
  8. Your Speed = (average word per line x average line per page x Number of Page ) / (How many minutes)

Normal Speed is around 100 – 150 Words Per Minutes

Exercise 2 – Practice Level 1 for 5 pages

  1. Still using the same book from exercise 1
  2. Use the Level 1  Speed Reading
  3. Record your time and count your speed for EACH PAGE
    1. Page 1: 1.4 minutes = 171
    2. Page 2: 1.3 minutes = 184
    3. Page 3
    4. Page 4
    5. Page 5
  4. Compare Speed of exercise 1 with exercise 2

You should see that your speed increase at least 2 times, example: Normal speed = 100 WPM, Level 1 speed = 200 WPM

Exercise 3 – Practice Book Reading Technique

  1. Pick a book
  2. Record your time
  3. Read with Book Reading Technique + Level 1 Speed Reading
  4. Measure your speed: Time for Book Reading Technique + Level 1 speed reading
  5. Submit your mindmap / fishbone diagram + speed

Self Imposed Limit VS Boundless/ Gravityless

I am taking a moment of silence, being observant, not full of self or caught in the noise, excitements, fears, worries, opportunities, feeling of imminent danger. Well the last one, imminent danger, fortunately, there are none on sight or indicating as such.

Being still both in mind and body enable me to see things more clearly, like years ago when I observed people on doing their businesses, I can see inefficiencies and thought of a lot of ideas on how to solve them, without being tied up, or having walls of limitations that I should avoid. The only limitation that I considered were whether the solution can be learnt / teachable and would it cost a lot. If the solution is can be learnt and affordable then why not?

But as experiences and learning of others passed, having met the same problems myself, I came to the conclusion that almost all things that looked possible, in reality were very hard or require a lot of resources, physically, financially and mentally which I didn’t had.

Having that conclusion in my sub conscious really restrict on what I think are possible to do, which is not good, I’m becoming the naysayer pessimistic old dinosaur.

I’m trying to revive the attitude of possibilities instead of limitations, using the knowledge of limitations as an asset, not as the biggest hurdle that I need to climb up. Side step them, make them irrelevant, confront and change them, change the way how I see them.

New businesses always came up, outgrowing the established giants, disruptive business models that change the whole landscape of how we do business, such as: electricity, phone, mobile phone, internet, electric car, robotic automation, internet of things, sharing economy. All of those are done by people not bound on limitation and avoiding problems, they see how to change the problems or even make them irrelevant.

So, what will I am going to do today? And couple of years ahead?

Portfolio Management

Following the role as a worker, specifically as an investor, I am responsible for managing the assets as a portfolio of investment vehicles.

The following quotes

Rockefeller quote of 10% giving – 10% saving -80% living

The pyramid ratio of investment:
60% Low risk and income generator
30% Medium risk and gain
10% High risk and gain