Forgetting curve reviews ๐Ÿ“‰

Ideally I remember everything that I read. Thatโ€™s not a weird thing to wish, is it? ๐Ÿ˜› 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 youโ€™ll notice that information is lost quite quickly. Learn something twice and itโ€™s lost less quickly. And so on. This is known as the forgetting curve.

Forgetting curve review

In Notion I built a โ€˜forgetting curve reviewโ€™. 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, Iโ€™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:

  1. Create a last edited property and name it โ€˜Last editedโ€™
  2. Create a multiselect property and name it โ€˜Reviewedโ€™ with the options: 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year.
  3. Create a formula property and name it โ€˜Next reviewโ€™ 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")))))
  4. In your linked second brain db, create a filter that shows entries with next review dates that are on or before today.
  5. And customize it the way you want it ๐Ÿ™‚