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Saturday, January 28, 2017


Until such time as I can go back to school, I've been sort of cobbling together a self-directed study following whatever my whim is. Currently, most mornings (or, lbr, most afternoons), I've been doing at least 15 minutes of math, reading through the Shine Text for the day and taking notes, reading through The Success Priciples* and Dance of the Dissident Daughter**, and sometimes reading through random useful or inspiring articles I find along the way.

This week, I decided to make the connections between all the stuff I've been learning visual, through mind-mapping (kinda)!

As you can see in the pic above, I started with a curving line that went from Monday to Sunday, and then each day, I add the day's take-aways--key words, topics, phrases that resonate, things to think about, advice, etc. And then I look over the other stuff I've already written down, and I draw lines to connect them. 

I've been doing the study since before Christmas, but I think this is a good way to anchor it all together--because things tend to line up and draw their own parallels in your mind, and drawing actual lines between them seems to solidify it in my brain. Plus, I bet restating the information in these concise little bubbles is helping me process them.

I'm going to try this again next week and see if it's something that works long term.

How do you guys process new information?

* I'm only one chapter in, but so far it's about 50% "annoying rich white guy tells you to suck it up" and 50% "this is actual info you can use to improve your life." I'm going to pry out the good stuff that doesn't guilt people for being poor or sick and I'll post about that later.
** I had this book for more than a year, and then I picked it up randomly one day when anxiety was making me cagey, and I think it's perfect for my mindset: one of the classic books about feminine spirituality and Busting Up The Patriarchy.

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