Learning is as good for your brain as exercise is for your body. Even if you're learning a new and unfamiliar skill, it can help your memory. Give your brain a bit of extra help by writing down new things you've learned throughout the day.
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Whether it's from reading online, talking with colleagues, or just making general observations, we all have ample opportunities to learn new things during the day. Most of them tend to slip through the cracks, only to be forgotten later. As productivity and finance blog Rich Habits suggests, writing them down helps you stay sharp:
While reading is important, retaining important information uncovered in your reading is critical to learning new facts and information. One strategy to do this is the Fact Binder. In your Fact Binder create various topic sections that are meaningful to you. Each day, after reading, add any new facts or information to your Fact Binder. You can even add a section titled: "New Words" where you add any new words you come across in your reading. Writing down what you read has a way of reinforcing what you just read.
Even if the facts aren't terribly useful, the act of writing can help you learn more effectively. Writing it down also makes it easy to review new information you've forgotten later on and maintain some perspective of a time before you knew everything you know now.