Priming, Planning and Task Separation to Save Time and Reduce Stress

Learn enough to know what questions to ask, then use those questions to deepen your understanding

Priming
Skim and Prime information on a project or study curriculum as much as possible to give your brain previews of the all the elements so that you can form a big picture of the way everything works together and loose working knowledge of what you’re doing.

This adds more neural connections to all of the new information you learn or use which increases the speed in which you absorb and process it.

Atomic Tasks
Break up tasks and concepts into atomic standalone tasks for you to do later. The key is that each atomic tasks doesn’t require you to remember the other parts of the information or systems that you’re learning or executing the task for. Splitting into stand-alone tasks reduces the amount of new information and concepts you need to have actively “loaded” into your pre-frontal cortex at the time of working with or learning a new task.

This is important because the more info you have in your pre-frontal cortex the more energy it takes to sustain your thought about a task – which leads to more stress and burning out quicker. Once you’ve learned all the individual elements permanently then it’ll be “hard-wired” into your basil-ganglia and it’ll require much less energy (less stress) to use those concepts.

Executing small quick tasks are more fun and motivating.

Sources:
*Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen
*Your Brain at Work by David Rock