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Doing great research can be costly, both in terms of time and money. But the cost of not doing the right research will always be greater. Different strategies are optimized for different needs and results.
Procedural memory is a component of long-term memory that deals with the performance of actions and skills. It's a form of implicit memory, it's harder to directly train than explicit forms of memory. With the right conditioning and lifestyle decisions, your procedural memory can be improved.
Photographic memory (also known as eidetic memory) is much more vivid, reliable, and receptive than the average one. The secret to building up a photographic memory for facts is to build relationships between them. Here are a few actionable steps you can use to build a photographic memory:
A variety of challenges can get slow down even the most experienced researcher. Knowing which ones you’re likely to encounter and how to deal with them can transform the outcome of your project. Here are 4 of the most common challenges:
Research undertaken without care can be messy, imprecise, and time-consuming. A well-constructed thesis requires you to parse a great deal of written material and construct a secure methodology. Here's how to systematically build a research plan that will help you achieve your objectives:
Researching investment opportunities before you allocate your funds can be a demanding process. Good research at this initial stage will set you up for later success (or failure). The key to successful retail investing is to think (and research) as though you're a seasoned Wall Street trader.
For journalists, research runs the gamut from sifting through social platforms for hot-takes and emerging stories to parsing large volumes of data. Having strong and consistently growing knowledge of your specialty area will allow you to predict where stories might emerge in the future.
Content marketers can’t just pluck a subject out of the air — the article you’re writing has to serve the needs of your client and their marketing strategy. Choosing a topic angle and a keyword is vital to building a foundation for an article, and that requires research. Here are the most important research tips for content marketers:
Here are former Vox journalist Aaron Rupar's most popular tweets, substack posts, and podcast appearances:
Working memory is a department of short-term memory, specifically for holding a small amount of information relevant to accomplishing certain things within a relatively short time frame. The more things competing for your attention, the more sluggishly it will perform. Here's how to improve your working memory capacity:
Eureka moments are when knowledge coalesces into one breakthrough insight. They can strike at any moment and summon feelings of excitement. Here are the strategies you can use to maximize the chances of having a eureka moment of your own:
Anton has built up an audience of thousands of subscribers by bringing them a bold analysis of interesting but little-known facts relating to the history of innovation. Here are a few of his best practices in research:
Loom is a video messaging startup valued at more than $1.53 billion today. In 2015 it was a usability testing app with no traction. This is a story of the founders' 4 pivots that led to success.
Sahil Bloom is best known for the thought-provoking content he creates across Twitter, his newsletter, and his podcast. Here are 9 of his most thought-provoking creations.
Your mood, thoughts, and intentions can all play a part in distorting your memories. Make some simple changes in your habits to counteract the effects of memory biases.
There are no secrets to growing a newsletter, but there are best practices. Read on to learn the winning strategies for newsletter growth from some of Substack's top writers.
Rex Woodbury is an investor at Index Ventures and the creator of Digital Native, a newsletter about the intersection of people and technology.
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