ISSUE 132 - Septmeber 2016 - by Phil Chambers
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes (Average Reader), less than a minute (Speed Reader) - Word Count: 514 To learn more about Speed Reading Contact us or read my book ‘Brilliant Speed Reading’.
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In this issue: How Mind Maps Can help you in daily life plus the 'Quote of the Month' and 'What I’m Up To'.
September’s Quote of the Month - Back to School!
"The purpose of learning is growth,
and our minds, unlike our bodies,
can continue growing as we continue to live."
~ Mortimer Adler (American philosopher, educator, and popular author)
More quotes here
What's Phil Up To?
Mind Maps Save Time and Waste
According to ‘Love Food Hate Waste’, 7 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away by UK households annually. This equates to £12.5bn! One of the biggest issues is lack of planning resulting in overbuying.
I have always made a weekly meal plan and a shopping list – A good habit I learned from my mother. This means that I only buy what I need and I very rarely ‘impulse buy’.
My list is typically written approximately following the layout of the supermarket with fruit and vegetables at the top followed by meat and fish with bakery and frozen food at the bottom.
One occasional problem I encounter with the list is that, unless I continually refer to it in the shop, I can sometimes miss an item that I need to backtrack to fetch. It would be better to memorise the list to save time. To this end I have created a Mind Map template. I can add each item I need to buy onto the appropriate branch. It still loosely follows the shop layout but being more visual can be naturally memorised.
You can try this too. Using a Mind Map for something that is non-critical like a shopping list allows you to practise in a safe environment. If you forget to buy an item it doesn’t have any serious consequences.
It doesn’t just have to be for food shopping, it can be for office stationery or even for planning stock purchases for a small retailer.
That’s it for this month. Look out for the next newsletter in October.