Learning Technologies Newsletter
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?

Phil Chambers

I have been really busy recently.

I am still working with my editor to put the finishing touches to my new book, “How to Train Your Memory” which is due out in late Autumn.

I am converting 'A Mind to do Business' into an ebook. This gives me the opportunity to do some updating too. I would love to involve my newsletter readers in the process with your comments and suggestions. To be part of the journey subscribe to my new youtube channel for the project here. It is sparse at the moment but I will be adding updates.

I was in Algeria to oversee the 5th Arabian International Memory Championships. Full report here.

I have also been coaching a solicitor and CEO of an investment company in Mind Mapping and Memory.


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.

Shopping list

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.

Mind Map Shopping List

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.

Best Wishes