A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley Ph.D. published in 2014

'Thiss sentence contains threee errors.' (An unusual opening sentence one might say.)
Clearly, two errors are spelling. Do you see the other error? Yes? Great, it's paradoxical or a contradictory sentence indeed. This book begins with problems that one can solve using focus mode brain attributes; if that fails the author suggests using a diffused mode; that's simply turning off and tuning out of the problem entirely. One way to make the switch is to take a twenty minute nap. Salvatori Dali and Thomas Edison did it by holding a ball bearing in one's hand. When the hand and mind fall asleep, so does the ball fall to the floor with the resulting clang waking the genius with a fresh new look at the problem that vexed them in the first place. A Diffused Mode. All we need is a ball bearing and a metal floor.
When we read a book do we learn from it, do we remember what we read, do we recreate the knowledge or principals in our mind to be referenced later, do we remember chunks of information and reuse it later? When problems are not readily solved do we put the problem aside and revisit it later (Diffuse Mode)? These are the questions asked with recommended solutions contained in this book. This title is a trifle misleading but halfway through I'm seeing the point; yes, there may be numbers associated with math problems but we are working on solving a host of different subjects problems. Studying, retention and understanding process with the ability to commit the solution process to repeatable memory is the ultimate goal and result that we must look toward.
There's plenty to read and learn before chapter 8 but here goes: tools, tips and tricks to help you get the results this book is charting for its readers. If you're a procrastinator there's no turning on the computer; identify the easiest part of the issue or process; copy some of the equations necessary for solutions on paper and carry them around with you.
Here's a freebee on meditation Budda in Blue Jeans by Tai Sheridan. Here's another: A zombie without a list is listless; a happy zombie has a task list. Here's a list of websites (although some may ask for your $$s) that are aimed at numerous processes and issues in this book:

http://pomodorotechnique.com/ a time management system
http://3030.binaryhammer.com/ a task list app
http://www.studyblue.com/ flash cards and notes when it's time to study
http://mail.google.com/mail/help/tasks/ self explanatory

Here's some on cheering yourself on:
http://www.stickk.com/ just like it says - stick to it
http://coffitivity.com/ modest background noise like a coffee shop

Now I am to set reasonable goals for oneself and work on it for two weeks.


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