Time is Money

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Straight up
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The other day in my Psych 101 class we were talking about learning. The professor said something that seems obvious but really jumped out to me. It was this:

The amount of information that we remember depends on the amount of time that we spend learning or absorbing that information. 

You’re probably thinking, “Duuuhhhh.” I know it seems obvious but this really opened my eyes to things in my own life.

For example, I can name starting line-up for tons of teams in the NBA or MLB. I can sing and know the beats to all 624 songs that I have in my iTunes library. I know all the moves Jack Bauer used to kill lots of joker boys in “24”. Why? Because I’ve spent hours upon hours watching sports, listening to music, and watching “24.” On the other hand, I really wish I knew more scripture verses and references. I really wish I knew more about the Bible. Why don’t I know as much as I want to? Because I might give 30 minutes of each day to reading the Word.

3 1/2 hours watching sports, and 20 minutes in the Word. That’s why I know starting line-ups like the back of my hand and not as much scripture as I’d like. I’m not saying “watch TV for 3 hours then go read the Bible for 3 hours” but I am saying that the amount of information that we remember depends directly on the amount of time that we spend learning or absorbing that information. I don’t know if this rings a bell with you, but it rocked my world.

Nate

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