Ideally I remember everything that I read. That’s not a weird thing to wish, is it? 😛 But, fact is, brains forget information. A lot. At least, this is what I experience myself.
To conquer this, there are a few learning techniques which you can implement in your life. Spaced repetition is one of them. Learn something once and you’ll notice that information is lost quite quickly. Learn something twice and it’s lost less quickly. And so on. This is known as the forgetting curve.
Forgetting curve review
In Notion I built a ‘forgetting curve review’. Once I enter something in my second brain, like articles, thoughts, notes, I review it in 4 moments: after 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year. When reviewing: I scan the highlighted texts. So, I’m not reading the whole article again.
This way I hope to remember interesting things much longer.
These review moments are a perfect moment to improve my second brain items as well. This improves the future discoverability of those items.
How does it work?
On a second brain db entry:
- Create a last edited property and name it ‘Last edited’
- Create a multiselect property and name it ‘Reviewed’ with the options: 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year.
- Create a formula property and name it ‘Next review’ and paste the following formula:
if(empty(prop("Reviewed")), dateAdd(prop("Last edited"), 1, "days"), if(prop("Reviewed") == "1 day", dateAdd(prop("Last edited"), 1, "weeks"), if(prop("Reviewed") == "1 week", dateAdd(prop("Last edited"), 1, "months"), if(prop("Reviewed") == "1 month", dateAdd(prop("Last edited"), 1, "years"), prop("Last edited")))))
- In your linked second brain db, create a filter that shows entries with next review dates that are on or before today.
- And customize it the way you want it 🙂