Research seems like the least fun part of the writing process. When you think of research, we bet you have these images of going to a dank and dusty local library and poring through pages and pages of thick books that haven’t been opened for years.
Okay, so we know not a lot of people like research, but it’s not because research is boring. How many of us were taught how to absorb all that information into our brains and keep it there?
For faster research, you need to increase your learning speed by leaps and bounds.
Sounds easier said than done? Not necessarily. Some research suggests that our brains start deteriorating slowly at age 25, but only if we let that happen to us. People who actively use learning techniques to increase their brain power will enjoy the benefits of exercising their brains, including faster learning and increased retention.
So while you might feel yourself absorbing things a lot slower by the time you’re over 25, you can actually offset these effects by learning to learn effectively and efficiently.
Today we will cover a couple of the most effective to achieve faster, effective learning to increase the speed of your research dramatically. Look for future posts that will cover a few more.
Choose your environment.
While different surroundings for writing can vary, one of the most common improvement opportunities to increase research speed is your environment. A quiet, distraction-free environment is the norm. Most people like to read when they’re away from the sounds of cars passing by or dogs barking incessantly into the night. That’s because the brain finds it easier to focus on whatever you’re reading about when its attention isn’t scattered about. The use of a sound generator is a fantastic way to drown out any distracting sounds, so get one if you don’t have one already. Experiment with it, and drop us a tip on Facebook with what you have found to work the best
Have a personalized productivity system in place.
The advice about choosing what works best for you is applicable to all aspects of the research phase. When you start performing your research, you’ll have to come up with ways to retain all that information in your head, or at least somewhere you have easy access to it.
There are all sorts of systems, methods and tools that will help you do this. In our book, ”Hard Core Soft Cover – Create Your Hard-Hitting Fast-Selling Book In 30 Hours Or Less” we talk about all of these things in more detail. However, it’s tough to recommend one thing over any of the others. We do like Evernote and we personally recommend it as a wonderful tool but the expression “different strokes for different folks” applies. You see, our brains work in diverse ways, and so we have different ways of retaining different sorts of information.
So while one person may create a mind map of what he just read to make sure he remembers everything, another one may do something else. Or while you may want to take organized notes on a spring notebook, your friend might want to put them all in MS Word.
The ancient Greek aphorism applies; “Know thyself” and stick with what works.
Check back for more helpful words of research advice, and do add your research productivity tips in the comments section, you never know who you may help. Thanks
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