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Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659-1719) author of
“According to Master Ittei, even a
poor penman will become
substantial in the art of calligraphy if
he studies by imitating a good
model and puts forth effort...Today,
however, there are no models of
good retainers. In light of this it
would be good to make a model and
learn from that. To do this, one
should look at many people and
choose from each person his best
“If you cannot do great things, do
small things in a great way.”
“Reduce your plan to writing. The
moment you complete this, you will
have definitely given concrete form to
the intangible desire.”
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean
The 6 P’s and Swiss Cheese
1.Don’t just take notes, Read them.
2.Is paper Obsolete to you? Necessary?
3.Be Obsessive Compulsive About Them
4.Draw Pictures, Read, Record, Listen.
5.Take Breaks. Reward successes
*Ontological Argument, Bare
Minimums, Path of Least Resistence
The Rules- Make, Fake, or Break It
The Nitty Gritty: Cornell Style
Divide the Paper into 3 Key Areas:
(1) Key Points and Themes, or
(2) A space for Notes
-They Should be paraphrases
-Main Ideas and summations
(3) Summary and Follow Ups
-Within 24 hours
-add follow up questions/
-references to scholarly
Thre are > 50 recognized version of shrtd
wrtng tchnqs, not including Txt Msg (SMS)
-Create a system that works for you using
symbols you have attached a value to.
-Combine mathematical and vernacular
Symbols and Short hand
-Most resemble Cartesian
-Can be similar to Cornell style
-Used by Bill Gates to take his
-Page is divided up into
relevant categories based on
the event. I.E. lecture,
business meeting, etc.
-Each quadrant has it’s own
1. Create an Indexing
System. Pg # in
bottom left corner,
complete pages get
indexed. Reverse side
writing is annotated
2.Proper Pad for the
-He stresses follow up
sections as well
Alpha Geek Style: Tim Ferris
We are what we
Important of Repetition
-Created by Francesco Cirilleo in the 90s
-use of alternating periods of work with
dedicated rest breaks
-all you need is an egg timer set to periods of
25 minutes work 5 rest (this is one
pomodoro) after 4 you get a longer
pomodoro (typically 15-30 minutes)
David Allen: creator/Author of “Getting
“Stress free productivity is a Martial Art.”
-idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the
mind by recording them externally and then breaking
them into actionable work items. This allows one to
focus attention on taking action on tasks, instead of on
-focus of lists of tasks, priority precedence, and getting
everything into a medium to see it visually.
Getting Things Done
The 1-3-5 Method
(1) Create a list of
Rules to Live by,
fine tune your
embrace a routine
Ben Franklin’s Methods
How’d I Do?
Mixture of Ben Franklin,
Inazo Nitobe’s Bushido,
from the USMC.
-DO NOT PIGEON HOLE
-43 Folders =>
References for PDA
and GTD with it.
-Limited only by your
online for schedules,
Frontloading => Packing your week with
things in the first 3-4 days.
Backloading => Packing your week with
tasks the last half of the week.
Sandwiching =>Specifically packing Monday
and Friday with large tasks.
(1) My day’s full of stuff, I must be productive
=> Sticking Feathers in your butt doesn’t
make you a chicken, Use a “Done List”
(2) I can Multitask like the best of them =>
scientifically, you can’t. Practice “single
(3) All flow, no schedule? => Use a rhythm
calendar instead of a to do list.
(4) Do it tomorrow? => Find an accountability
Procrastination lies and how to Fix
Pegging or Story Telling
-Create meaningful resonating images or
words from a series of items or numbers.
-used by/taught to police forces to memorize
-Pattern Recognition to improve memory
Examples: FLOAT=> Fruit, lettuce, Olives,
Anchovies, and tomatoes.
64seconds, 64s, 20s, 86s, 40s. Sprinting
Times to remember phone number
-Techniques of assigning memories
techniques to certain positions in a familiar
location to the individua on a specific path.
-Use familiar locations, memorable people
doing memorable things.
-Discussed in Rhetorrica Ad herenium by
-Simonides and the Banquet Hall
Memory Palaces- LOCI method
They are only tools, they should not replace
Digital Storage Methods- Clouds
Appropriately Engage the Moment. Be Water
“There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of
the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession
of moment after moment. If one fully understands the
present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and
nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single
purpose of the moment.”
“It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not
look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. It is the
same for anything that is called a Way. If one
understands things in this manner, he should be able to
hear about all ways and be more and more in accord with
David Allen,Yamamoto Tsunetomo
and Bruce Lee Went to A Bar