Create your Tetris Effect

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You will achieve the best effect when the activity is cemented in memory during sleep. You will understand the role of sleep in shaping your intelligence and memory more as you progress through BrainHacking  courses, however already now start paying more attention to get an adequate amount of good quality sleep every night. 

Now, we get to the Tetris task for you 

1

Select one skill that you want to master or a concept to learn. This should be something that will bring you value. You can select either a skill that will be helpful in your work (e.g., Excel), a strategy that will make your life easier (e.g., storytelling, negotiation) or something that will increase your general knowledge (e.g., non-fiction books, online courses, new language).

The most important is that the subject is either very new and unfamiliar to you, or you know it only on a superficial level and want to deepen your understanding.

2

Assign 15 minutes to learn the subject of your selection 5 to 7 times a week for the next 8 weeks. As you will be progressing with the subject, you can increase how much time you devote, but start with 15 minutes only.

A new subject may be difficult for you in the beginning, so spending more time can affect your willpower and motivation, however, when you will start developing your understanding, you will be able to spend more time on the task without feeling tired.

Make sure, that the learning time is the same every day, to help you build the habit and consistency. Add recurring reminders to your calendar and make no excuses to get down to the task for at least first 4 weeks (your consistency will automatically improve later, however for motivational reasons, commit to four weeks only at the start). 

Begin the practice today, it takes only 15 minutes!     

3

Revise your sleeping patterns – do you sleep enough? Do you feel rested in the morning? Is your sleep smooth or shallow?

Without proper rest, memory formation will take much longer! 

There are two conditions for the Tetris Effect to take place – consistency and deliberate focus. Because you will be repeating the activity at least 5 times a week, the consistency component will be there. And because it’s only 15 minutes at a time, you will be able to devote your full attention to the subject every time.

Every time before you start, forget about all the issues you have, thoughts that bother you and tasks you still have to do. Promise yourself that you return to them in 15 minutes, but for the learning time, the whole attention should be only devoted to the subject.