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  • Sleep to Remember – Sunday Clippings #2

    Hello there,

    One of the highlights of my life recently has been ‘sleep’. Sleeping on time leads to waking up on time and sleeping late leads to waking up late. I’ve realised is that – every human being needs 8 hours of sleep even if you don’t want it. Early birds or Night owls – everyone needs to sleep, those who work till late at night payback by sleeping during the daytime and the others sleep during nights (the normal people) and work during the daytime. There is no escaping sleep.

    Side note – This week, my sleeping routine thrived as it had never before, I slept at 10 or 11 pm and wake up at 6 am! And it was great! There’s a research paper called Sleep to Remember which talks about how a healthy sleep cycle has positive impacts on your learning and memory power.

    I have realised that sleeping to your stumbling blocks is an effective technique, the next day you wake up with a fresh attitude and a new state of mind to tackle it. The basic explanation for this is that when we’re asleep, there’s a loss of consciousness. This gives time to the newly encoded information to get absorbed in our long term memory. If you need to learn something properly, sleep is an essential factor (otherwise you’re cramming it for short term use).

    “Sleep has been identified as a state that optimizes the consolidation of newly acquired information in memory. There is also evidence that sleep after learning can provide a qualitative change to memories. Learning-activated engram neurons play a critical role in memory recall and selective sleep-associated reactivation of learning-activated sensory populations serves as a necessary instructive mechanism for memory consolidation.”

    Apart from brainpower, I’ve also observed that poor sleep quality leads to me waking up in a bad mood. And to avoid anger and mood disturbances I need to have a proper sleep pattern. Avoiding sleeping does add some extra hours for work but it takes away the quality and causes many serious health problems if it becomes a regular thing. Sleep runs in a circle, you just need to make the effort of joining the circle and it becomes normal and once you’re off the circle, it starts going anti-clockwise.

    The one key takeaway from this issue is to remember to sleep and sleep to remember. Sleep, Learning and Memory are correlated and important for a healthy and productive life. Don’t play with your sleep.

    Have a great week,

    Vedant


    This Week’s Clippings

    1 – Article – This article about Substack is eye-opening. They pay an elite, secret group of writers to make newsletter writing appear more lucrative than it is. This is really beneficial for Substack as more people will sign up and give them content for ‘their’ business.

    2 – TV Series – This week I watched this miniseries consisting of six instalments that takes place in the 1960’s during turbulent times in the United States. I loved it, there are some really hilarious scenes which led to me binge watching the whole series in a one day.

    3 – Video – Podcasts are a growing business. I really enjoyed this video about how podcasts became so popular. It seems like everyone already has a podcast these days. The video gives you an insight about the podcast revolution and why it grew so quickly.

    4 – Video – I learnt a lot from this video about the northern white rhinos who are on the brink of extinction. Only two females of this species are alive today. A group of scientists are attempting to save this nearly extinct species through artificial insemination.

    5 – Quote – “We are very good lawyers for our own mistakes, and very good judges for the mistakes of others” (Source: Hippie by Paulo Coelho)


    (This is an issue of the “Sunday Clippings”. Every week I compile various valuable ideas, learnings, along with my highlights from interesting articles, books and podcasts in a short and skimmable email newsletter. Sign up here to get future issues delivered directly to your inbox!)

  • Introduction – Sunday Clippings #1

    Hello there,

    Recently, I felt the need to do something consistently for mental clarity. In the internet age just like everyone else, I consume a ton of content online – from tweets to articles, videos and podcasts. The question is – Am I really able to incorporate the information I consume into my life. Consumption overload is useless especially when I wasn’t able to put the ideas and inspirations to use.

    Tiago Forte, the founder of the Forte Labs has introduced something impactful to my life. It’s the concept of building a Second Brain. It ideally means a place where you compile all your highlights from various places for your future self. A brain outside your body where you store the insights. Here’s how he explains this:

    “Building A Second Brain is a methodology for saving and systematically reminding us of the ideas, inspirations, insights, and connections we’ve gained through our experience. It expands our memory and our intellect using the modern tools of technology and networks. This methodology is not only for preserving those ideas but turning them into reality. It provides a clear, actionable path to creating a “second brain” – an external, centralized, digital repository for the things you learn and the resources from which they come.”

    This inspired me to start this newsletter. I’m not an expert but I believe in sharing what I know and what’s a better way to do that than a personal newsletter. I decided to call this the “Sunday Clippings” because just like people cut out useful clippings from publications and store them for future references, I’ll be sharing my weekly clippings and insights about various concepts, articles and books in this email.

    Another purpose of this newsletter is to make me more consistent with writing online. I want to take writing more seriously, not for anyone else but myself and the best way to do so is to keep writing. Excuse me if some weeks I just decide to share a random quote or a tosh palaver. My goal right now is to stick this habit with discipline and improve over time. Growth is slow but consistency is the key.

    The newsletter will ideally start with a letter-style essay letting you know some personal and cool learnings that you might find useful. In this essay, I’ll also be adding the links to any new articles or blog posts I have published during the week.

    The second half will be a section is called “This Week’s Clippings” which is a ragbag of thought-provoking things that were worth sharing in my opinion. Here, I’ll be adding some bits and pieces of highlights that resonated with me the most. I’ll try my best to make the newsletter as short and concise as I can so that it is easy for you to skim through.

    This issue was just an introduction to the series of emails you’ll be receiving every week since you’ve decided to subscribe (Thank you very much!). I’d love it if you shared this newsletter with a friend who would find it interesting.

    Have a great week,

    Vedant


    This Week’s Clippings

    1 – Short Story – I read a story called The fisherman and the businessman on Paul Coelho’s blog when I was brainstorming ideas about a very similar topic. It’s a great short story that completely changes your perspective about success and happiness.

    2 – Blog – I’m currently reading two books by Darius Foroux and I discovered his blog through those books on Kindle. He’s been sharing actionable tips to optimize your life and career every week since 2015.

    3 – Newspaper Archives – This week, I read many old newspaper archives. Specifically, I’ve been trying to read the issues from The Sunday Indian Express from 1949. It’s interesting to find events I know from my history books here, in the actual newspaper published during that time.

    4 -Quote   “Hunger and pain lengthen the night, and so the beggars and dogs are the last to see the stars; hunger and pain hasten the awakening, and the beggars and dogs are the first to see the sun.” (Source: The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond)

  • Method of Loci

    Have you ever wondered the secret behind Sherlock Holmes’ sterling memory power? How he never seems to lose sight of important facts and connects the dots in almost an unreal manner.

    Recently, researchers have found the strategy behind his long-lasting memory. It’s based on the “method of loci” which is also known as the memory palace technique. “Loci” stands for places or locations in Latin.

    This method was originally used by the ancient Roman and Greek people to  remember their journey by dedicating an object to a certain place in order to remember it and feed it into the brain. They would wander through public buildings, stopping to study and memorize various locations and arranging them in order, usually starting with the door of the building. The method is relatively useful in memorizing things in a specific order than memorizing speeches word-for-word.

    For example –  The list of the coldest cities in Britain includes : Glasgow, Newport, Peterborough, Wakefield and Exeter.

    Now, picture yourself entering your house. The first thing you see is the glowing glass of the transom window above your front door (Glasgow).  As you walk in, you notice the new bookshelf you bought a week back to store the stacks of books you own (Newport).

    Now, you sight the painting hanging on your wall which was gifted to you by your brother Peter on your wedding anniversary (Peterborough). Just when you walk into your bedroom, you see your bed where you wake up tranquilly every morning (Wakefield). And finally, you catch sight of the back door that can be used to exit during fire emergencies (Exeter).

    You can use the method of loci as randomly you want. What I like about this technique is that besides being useful and functional, it’s really fun to learn. It counts on your creativity and is an alternative to cramming a piece of boring information. You can come up with funny mnemonics to remember the concepts and enhance your memory power. It links imagination to the topic making learning easier and more interactive.