Hi, I’m Al.
Welcome to my site. I write long-form articles ranging from how to learn faster, how to take better notes, how to work smarter, and how to make the most out of Anki. I also plan on making articles about how to think better–it’s a topic dear to me aside from practical philosophy. In any case, your feedback helps me know which topics I should make more of.
In case you’re (remotely) interested, here’s a bit about me.
By the way, I also write in my newsletter sometimes. You can join down below.
Speaking of sharing stuff, I just opened access to my reading buffer on Notion. There I collect content that interests me; I think you’ll also find them valuable.
Lastly, I want to make it easy for you to navigate through the best materials in this blog, so here they are.
How to Learn Faster. Being able to teach yourself is the most valuable skill you could, well, teach yourself. If you can just take one thing from this blog, it’s this. (Actually, I’ll make an exception for fighting information overload.) This article will show you how to think like a fast learner as well as the specific strategies to become one. That said, I want to make this even better soon, so make sure to leave some feedback!
How to Stop Procrastinating (Even If You’re Lazy). One of the greatest breakthroughs I had after reading dozens of books on human behavior (and by thinking a lot) is that relying on willpower and motivation is overrated. Strategies that make good behaviors easy are what count.
Note-Taking Methods. I wrote this post a long time ago; it might not reflect my current views. Just this 2020, I’ve changed my perspective into giving actionable advice and principles, not lists like this. Anyway, it’s still a way to gather feedback and get discovered.
The Zettelkasten Method. Aside from Anki, this is the main processing method I use in my learning workflow. The Zettelkasten Method literally turns your notes into an idea machine. Currently, I use Anki for information I want to recall often, and Zettelkasten for ideas I want to develop and write about.
How to Use Anki for Beginners. Anki is a flashcard app I use to learn faster. It has a really steep learning curve, and this article (along with my free Anki course) will help you bypass that quickly. Quick note: I don’t use Anki in isolation, but rather in conjunction with learning techniques so I get the best of both worlds. I also use a workflow to accomplish this.
Articles By Date
- The Zettelkasten Method: How to (Really) Take Smart Notes
- The One Thing You Need to Learn to Fight Information Overload
- The Case Against a Digital Folgezettel
- The Case for a Digital Folgezettel
- Mentor Notes: Derek Sivers
- How to Stop Procrastinating (Even If You’re a Lazy Bastard)
- How I Learn Rapidly Using Anki (Workflow & Principles)
- Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Translation by Adam Khan) Book Notes
- Mentor Notes: Nat Eliason
- Switch by Chip and Dan Heath: Book Summary and Personal Notes
- A Two-Step Social Strategy to Overcome Procrastination and Boost Motivation
- Steal Like an Artist Book Summary by Austin Kleon
- How to Stick to Any Goal Despite Temptation
- A Guide to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed for Procrastinators
- Stop Smartphone Addiction Without Using Willpower
- The Un-Importance of Goals: Why Goals Are Overrated
- Manage Your Energy, Not Time To Beat Procrastination
- Choice Architecture: Avoid Procrastination WITHOUT Willpower
- How to Motivate Yourself, Intentionally
- How to Break Your Procrastination Habit (Realistic Solution)
- Two Types of Procrastination: Which One Do You Do?
- Why You Need to Master How to Learn New Things Faster
- Why Do We Procrastinate So Much?
- Influence Book Summary by Robert Cialdini
- Best Books on Learning: My Personal Favorites & FREE Resources
- Make it Stick Book Summary by Peter Brown
- How to Learn Faster: 30+ Strategies to Hack Your Brain
- Hyperfocus Book Summary by Chris Bailey: How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction
- Ultralearning Book Summary by Scott Young: Master Hard Skills, Accelerate Your Career, Outsmart the Competition
- Learn Math On Your Own! 10 Steps Anybody Can Do
- Remember What You Read: 9 ACTIONABLE Tips
- Note-Taking Methods: 11 Effective Ways to Step Up Your Note-Taking Skills (& Tips from Successful Students)
- 7 EASY Ways to Concentrate on Studying (for Long Periods)
- A Mind for Numbers Book Summary by Barbara Oakley, Ph.D.
- How to Use Anki: Anki Tutorial for Beginners (Updated 2020)
- Memory Techniques: How to Memorize Fast And Stop Forgetting
- Study Break Ideas: 15 BEST Tips To Refresh Your Mind
- Does the Pomodoro Technique Work?