In my return to the classroom for my journey towards the PMP, I have found myself to have the attention span of a 5 year old. I knew going for my PMP certification would require tons of study and prep work. For the past year, I have been slowly easing myself into this by reading and attending several webinars for this adventure.
One thing I have realized since being out of the education realm, one can never prep enough to begin exercising that brain muscle. Here are some pointers that I have developed for me that may be helpful the next time you need to combat brain overload:
- Comprehension…realize I am only going to comprehend so much at one time. Read and re-read later, and then, re-read again!
- Discipline…remove yourself from all tech gadgets and either acquire noise cancellation headphones that are not plugged into any device or ear plugs.
- Socializing…realize you still need those connections, but limit to only one item per week (true friends will still be there when you finish your learning project(s)).
- Responsibility…although I’m single and with no kids, family at times will get in the way, learn to manage and defer responsibility (it’s ok for others to take charge).
- Relaxation…learn to breath, eat, and exercise well at the beginning of a learning journey as it will be your only sustaining sanity to accomplish your goal(s).
- Memory…learn to write down the non essentials that will give your brain a rest and to concentrate on the essentials (having an appointment calendar helps!!!)
Please share with me how you manage information overload while learning….