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  • Improvement pill here. A study was conducted in 2014 at Princeton University,

  • where they separated a class into two groups.

  • The researchers had each group take notes for a class in two different ways.

  • The first group was told to take notes by hand. You know the old-school method with a pen and paper,

  • which was met with a lot of groans and complaints because...

  • Well, it requires a lot of effort. It's time-consuming and it cramps up your hands.

  • The second group was told to take notes by typing it out on their laptop or phone or whatever device.

  • Which was a far more efficient way of note-taking.

  • In fact, the second group on average ended up with twice the amount of notes after each class,

  • compared with the pen and paper group.

  • Now the purpose of this study was to figure out what method of taking notes would allow you to remember more of what was being taught.

  • So at the end of the semester the researchers looked at the overall test scores for all of the students in this class.

  • And to their surprise, the kids who took notes by hand using the old-school pen and paper method,

  • scored twice as well as the kids who used their laptops. That's a lot.

  • And at first the researchers thought, okay, maybe having this group take notes by hand somehow prompted them to study a bit more outside of class.

  • So they conducted this study two more times.

  • One time they tested each group immediately after class so they had no time to study.

  • And the second time they gave a surprise test to each group only a week after they took notes.

  • And both times, the kids who took notes by hand scored about twice as well as the kids who typed out their notes.

  • What they discovered in this experiment, is what I would like to call the "effort principle".

  • Essentially, the more effort you put into recording a piece of information, the better you will retain it.

  • And I believe that this is a concept that has a lot of value in the world of self improvement.

  • See, one of the biggest issues with self improvement is the fact that there's so much information out there.

  • There are hundreds of thousands of books, videos and podcasts.

  • But it doesn't matter how much time you spend consuming this information,

  • because if you're not remembering any of it and internalizing the lessons, there's no point.

  • Now, I know, I know I'm someone who advocates listening to audiobooks a lot.

  • I tell you guys to do it all the time.

  • But to be honest, I don't think just listening to audiobooks is ideal. It's too easy.

  • It doesn't require that much effort. In fact, back in the day I would often find myself listening to an entire book.

  • And just one or two week later barely remembering any of the key concepts.

  • So today I want to show you a sort of note-taking mini habit that I created over the years,

  • that has allowed me to retain most of the key lessons from the books that I listen to.

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  • Now back to the topic at hand.

  • The note-taking mini habit is essentially this.

  • See I carried these little water proof notebooks with me.

  • They are a bit smaller than my phone which makes them very easy to carry around.

  • And whenever I'm listening to a book and I come across an "aha-moment", basically a moment where the gears in your head click.

  • And something just makes a whole lot of sense to you.

  • Something that you know is a game changer that you should really remember.

  • When that happens, I will put in some effort to record that lesson down.

  • For example, a couple of weeks ago, I was listening to "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins at the gym.

  • And I came across an aha-moment when he talked about what he likes to call the "cookie jar method".

  • The moment I heard about this method, I thought to myself.

  • "Wow, this is some powerful stuff. I need to remember this."

  • So I put down my weights. I paused the audio book. I pulled out my little notebook and pen and I wrote down cookie jar method.

  • And I proceeded to write a short little summary about what it was.

  • And after doing that I rewinded the audio by a couple of minutes.

  • Just so I could listen to that part again.

  • If you take a look at this incident. I'm putting in maybe 10, 20 times more effort into digesting this one piece of information,

  • as compared to if I just listen to it on the audiobook.

  • And because of that, that lesson has stuck with me ever since.

  • And to top it all off, when I really, really want a lesson to stick with me,

  • I'll actually go out of my way and put in even more effort, by bringing it up in a conversation soon after.

  • I have some friends that are interested in self-improvement and when we're just hanging out,

  • I'll talk about some of the new concepts I've come across recently.

  • The moment you re-teach what you've learned, you're putting in additional effort,

  • which will cause you to retain the information even more.

  • This episode's brought to you by... you guessed it, audible.

  • Now that you know about the effort principle, you still have to read books in order to find powerful lessons that are even worth remembering.

  • This is where audible comes in.

  • Audible allows you to find powerful lessons in places where you normally wouldn't be able to pull out a physical book.

  • I listen to the audio books when I'm commuting on long flights,

  • when I'm eating by myself and when I'm working out.

  • Go to or text "improvementpill" to 500500 to get started today. You will get one free audible book of your choice, and two free audio originals every single month.

  • Of course, I recommend you guys to check out "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins. It is a very powerful book jam-packed with powerful lessons that we should all remember.

  • So, definitely check that out. Besides that, guys, stay tuned.

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