How to Learn Stuff With Minimal Effort


Learning new things requires effort. After a long day at work, I just want to knock back some beers and watch Jersey Shore. But I found some simple steps to learn without feeling like it’s forced. I will be adding to this list over time.

  • Every time I’m about to watch Youtube videos of cats, I watch a video lecture from MIT’s Open Course Ware instead.
  • I replaced my Facebook bookmark with Quora. If I really can’t control myself, I’ll edit my /etc/hosts file. Quora is a total nerd fest where it’s impossible to not read something new. By following many topics that interest me, my Quora stream has become valuable whereas my Facebook stream has become Craiglist.
  • I look for with people who have experience & knowledge of the area I’m interested in. Then I beg them to take me as their padawan.

If you have good methods, post them below.