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When I started using a similar system I ran into the same issue with motivating myself when things were not staying on course. My solution was to change how I assessed things from a dont-break-the-chain approach to a percentage based system and adding additional life objectives. Using a spreadsheet, each day I'd track what objectives were achieved and ...


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I think it's a mistake to use a regular chain in situations where you will have no choice but to break it, it will only discourage you. Instead, adapt the chain system to something that is still simple but suits your situation. If you honestly have days when you can not study, the chain only applies for days where you can. This depends on absolute certainty ...


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I agree that don't-break-the-chain (sometimes called the Seinfeld hack) can be very powerful, but only once you have a long chain to not break. So there's a catch-22 until then. And even with a chain built up you're always in a precarious situation where one bad day can precipitate many more bad days, where you fall down a slippery slope of "one more day ...


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There is an exact solution to this problem, one that is catching mainstream popularity with good empirical results. Piotr Wozniak invented the spaced repition algorithm that caters to memorization problems like yours where a large list of discrete units have to be learned (or memorized) quickly. The basic premise is to break a large corpus of knowledge, ...


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In addition to what's already been said (I'd also recommend Anki if it fits well with your study material) there are a few other things you can consider: You should obviously make sure you have a thorough understanding of the material as without understanding it will be harder to commit to memory. You can make things stick in your mind better by going over ...


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Anki is a perfect solution for this situation. It is a spaced repetition freeware available for most platforms.


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A short nap will accelerate your learning process as tests have shown better recall after a nap (yielding the same benefits as a full night of sleep). Meditation will help your brain return to lower frequency brain waves, helpful for learning. Socialising will also assist recall of your day, particularly if the experience evokes emotive memories as these ...


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I think you're going to enjoy doing sports. Going for a short run everyday is surprisingly effective to rebuilding your mana after study / work sessions, and it makes you healthier as well!


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First of all, make sure that you visualise your chain. I have found that such a visualistion motivates me personally immensely. Secondly, you should leave room for failure that is not in your hands. If war breaks out, you shouldn't be demotivated by breaking your streak. If you only need to study 1 hour a day, which is less than one eighteenth of your day, ...



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