Don’t carve the details

Some time ago, I saw a funny picture on the Internet. Some people shared their notes about learning to program on social networks. They copied lines of code by hand. The handwriting was clear and the typesetting was neat.
It may be a joke, but it reminds me of my school days. Many years ago, when I was still in school, there were many very serious students in the class, eager to make class notes very beautiful, neat, and some even use a ruler to compare to write. Over the course of a year, I will finish several notebooks, which are full and full.
By contrast, I’m an outlier because I never take notes in class. I remember the look of surprise and amazement on my face when I said, “I don’t take notes.”-in retrospect, she probably thought I didn’t want to borrow them, just make up an excuse.
Of course, the pursuit of making notes very neat, beautiful, not necessarily bad, this is a love of life performance. But in my opinion, everyone’s time and energy is limited. If you focus on“Taking notes”, you will have less energy to think and digest. The latter may be more important than the former.
The Chinese Internet has a name, the pursuit of such exquisite details called“Detail carving”, I think it is quite appropriate.
Many people have the habit of delving into and tossing about small things, but turning a blind eye to bigger, more important things. For example:

Love to toss tools and methods, but neglect to cultivate a really effective, long-lasting good habits;

Keen to collect and record, hoarding a lot of things but never going through them;

Keen on how to make the notes look better, more cool, but neglected, the real value of notes, is to help themselves to digest knowledge.

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When you work in the wrong direction, put in more efforts, in fact, does not make much sense.
It’s not that we don’t want perfection in the details. It’s this: when you’re polishing the details, think:

Do these details matter?

Is their value proportional to the amount of time and energy I put into them?

Other than these details, is there anything more important or higher priority that I’ve overlooked?


It only makes sense to polish the details when you’ve done something, built a system, or otherwise you’re just carving the details.

But the problem is that many are particularly vulnerable to a trap:。It’s not that we’ve made something and honed the details; it’s that we try to give ourselves a sense of security and comfort by honing the details, let yourself feel“I did a lot of things,” and then feel at ease to escape.
From what? To avoid facing the really difficult things, to face the time and energy that must be invested, to face the frustration and frustration of possible failure.
。Its essence, in fact, is still to stay in their own comfort zone, do something absolutely can not fail, through the reinforcement of order and the accumulation of details to enhance self-confidence.
。Order is magic. By repeating and reinforcing order, we gain a greater sense of control-we feel as if we have everything under control, that there are rules to follow, that we can understand and solve.
But is it? No. You simply quietly replace the more complex and difficult problem with a more familiar and easier one.
Take a simple example.
Many people in Reading, learning, like to make detailed notes, drawing mind map, must be the original original ideas, the main points of the original exactly down. Just like reading comprehension, make sure to be accurate, comprehensive and complete. If you lose a few pieces of information, you feel uncomfortable. Make sure that each point is neatly organized and that the learning content is perfectly compressed into a single note.
After writing it down and looking at it, I feel very safe. What does it mean for them to“Digest” an article? It means that you are familiar with this article. What is the structure of the article, what does the author say first, what does he say later, what does each part say separately… … It’s all in the notes.
But does it really work? Not much use. You are simply replacing the more complex question of“Understanding this article” with a simpler question of“Compress this article”. Does mastery of an article mean that you fully understand and master it? Many times, the answer is no.
What is the real understanding? It’s knowing the In & Out of every point in the paper, knowing the author’s argument and logic, knowing how to use it and where to put it when you need it-often at a deep level, is the kernel behind the text.
In turn, the article said what, divided into several parts, each part of what is said separately… … and this is the surface, this is what it looks like. These shapes are tools to help us understand the kernel of an article, but many people tend to think of the tool as the kernel itself.
Stay in detail carving, may give us a sense of comfort, security, but from a certain point of view, it is just a kind of self-touched.

I often see a lot of people sharing their practices of managing their lives: overflowing timelines, colorful dashboards, dense schedules, meticulous inventory, … As well as a variety of habit card… … At first glance, it looks like a lot of information. It seems that from these records, they can clearly see their full and rich life.
Is this a good idea? Sure, it’s great for people who like to record and organize, but it’s not really for me. Because my philosophy is: everything is for the application. Any note, information, or view that doesn’t help me think and act better is redundant.
For example: as a student, I didn’t take notes in class, but I carried around a little book with me where and when I read, jotting down ideas and interesting material. Over time has also accumulated dozens of books. However, the content is hardly“Beautiful”-scrawled handwriting, broken sentences, basically scattered keywords and sketches. I’m afraid nobody can read it but me.
Similarly, my current system of electronic notes is very simple and basically designed to be used. No nice interface, complicated dashboard, cool view… … just what I can find and pull out when I need it.
什么意思呢?举个例子:What does that mean? For example:
For example, if you learn a point, many people will write it down exactly as it is: what is said in the book, what is an example, what is attached to the chart… … trying to get it 100% back into your notes — but it’s redundant. You just put it in a different place, it’s still an external thing.
What would be better? Learn a knowledge point, you first slow down, let it“Hover” in the mind for a while, and then try to use their own words to explain it, speak it out. In the course of speaking, you may encounter some problems, then, write down these problems, this is the valuable thing.
The next step is to look up information to solve these problems — either from the same book or from somewhere else. Once you’ve found the data, use your notes as a workbench to record your thoughts: what assumptions do I have about this problem? What evidence supports my hypothesis? What evidence disproves my hypothesis? And so on.
Finally, you may be able to come to a conclusion, so, write this conclusion down, this is your knowledge about this point of note. What it carries is not the restoration of“How others describe it”, but“What my opinion is”.
Notes are for use. The information in your notes should be an extension of your thinking. We need to think about a problem, but our brains can’t hold all the necessary information, so we store it in our notes for quick access when we need it-that’s effective knowledge management, instead of taking notes for the sake of taking notes.
Managing life is the same: Do I need to copy my life into software? No need. I only need to consider one question: what can I learn from my past experience?
So instead of keeping a detailed record of my life, I do this: When I’m at work, I jot down the thoughts that come to me from time to time. May be encountered by the actual problem, may be their own strategy and mentality process…
These ideas are piecemeal, and I don’t organize them into perfect records and spreadsheets, but rather use them as material, to integrate, analyze, think, distill useful experiences into a number of strategies and approaches, write them down.
Even if you know it well enough, it doesn’t matter whether you write it down or not, as long as you can use it.
This could be a more efficient and labour-saving approach.

In a word: one of the most useful ways of thinking to avoid the trap of“Detail carving” is to focus on the application. All knowledge and action must be organized around applications.
If you want to learn to program, write code instead of taking notes (and certainly not by hand) . A small project down, the basic method of consolidation. What’s left to remember, such as what functions to call for what effects to implement, what Apis to call, and what to write, is what to search for when needed. Not to mention AI auto-completion now, to a large extent this part of the work can also be saved.
If you want to learn English, practice it instead of looking at the textbook behind closed doors. If you want to exercise your reading ability, read English articles; if you want to exercise your expression ability, talk and communicate with others on English forums. When you come across new words, look them up in the dictionary and read them several times. When you come across new expressions, force yourself to use them and copy sentences. Read more, write more, naturally skilled, do not have to worry about grammar.
Learn a method, if you find it useful, then immediately go to life to find opportunities, create scenarios to use, in the process of using the problem, find obstacles, and then solve these obstacles. Practice until it becomes a habit, a subconscious instinct. Instead of putting it in your notes and gathering dust.
Find a new thing, a new trend, think about how it can relate to your life, what role it can play, once the idea, immediately do it, to the targeted access to the necessary information, step by step to complement their own knowledge. Rather than relying on the experience of others, experience and experience.
。In the process, it may be crude and crude, but that doesn’t matter. First there is a framework, and then step by step to fill and improve it. Put the framework together, and you’re 80% done. The other 20% , and work your way up to the next iteration.
Instead of just staring at the 20% from the beginning, constantly working on it and expending a lot of energy to improve and fix it.
Otherwise, it’s easy to see how something you’ve worked so hard to build might not work at all — or, more likely, how you’ve worked so hard to build it that it doesn’t work at all, there’s no way to finish it.
One of the guidelines I give myself is to keep asking myself: Is What I’m doing important? How will it affect the outcome?
Small to write an article, I may be struggling here to use the word, these words whether to switch the order… … and I ask myself: Does it matter. Should I first put the whole logic and context, put all the information fully expressed, on this basis, if there is still time, and then see if these can write better.
It’s big enough to work on a project, and when you’re in a meeting, you might argue over the implementation of a few minor details. At this point, I will ask you: are these questions important? Whether we should set the direction first, form a consensus, put forward a few feasible plans to the problem at hand, and then explore the details of these plans in detail.
In management, there’s a word for it: the bike shed effect: we avoid making really important decisions, but we spend a lot of energy on trivia like whether or not to build a bike shed. This is completely unnecessary and worthless.

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