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I read many books, articles, listened to many videos, and I made use of them a lot, but, after a while, I forget everything I've read or seen, as if I have never went through them.

For example, in the human development area, I read many books for Steven Covey, Tony Robbins, and so many others, I benefited a lot, I really did, but after a month or 2, I don't remember what I read, and I revert back to my old habits that I used to ... is there a way to overcome this?

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Research has shown that we remember things best by spaced repetition. My grandfather summarized it when talking about an oil finish on wood: daily for a week, weekly for a month, monthly for a year, yearly for life. The same kind of process (although perhaps with different intervals) is what works for people's memories, too. See Wikipedia on spaced repetition as a starting point for reading. Another good article is at Quantified Self.

How you implement spaced repetition is up to you. There is software that may be useful (see the Quantified Self post referenced above). You can send delayed mail to yourself with things you want to learn. I use a combination of random quote software I've populated with things I want to be reminded of and watchthatpage.com to get a daily email for intermittent reinforcement. A 43 Folder tickler file can be used to get reminders of paper material.

Generally speaking, you want to make your own notes of important information, and then set up a process by which you review those notes periodically.

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This is exactly the situation that let's me wish to be able to upgrade my brain ;) Forgetting things after a while is the usual way how our brain handles information. The information part you need for every day will stay present, other parts not being used for longer time will be erased to make place for other more present experiences. This also tells us how to avoid the loss of important information : write down in brief the most important information from the books you want to remember and read this from time to time over and over again. Repeating = Memorizing. Man I need this brain upgrade badly ;/

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haha, yes, you are right man, our brains needs an upgrade or much better techniques than those we already use :) –  Kivy May 25 '13 at 12:54

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