Happy Doc Student Podcast

Beat Procrastination and Limit Distractions with William Wadsworth

March 27, 2024 Heather Frederick, PhD Episode 124
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Beat Procrastination and Limit Distractions with William Wadsworth
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Show Notes

In episode #124 chat with William Wadsworth, a memory and productivity psychologist, author, and host of the Exam Study Expert podcast.


1.     If you feel overwhelmed, confused, or frustrated – you are likely simply cognitively overloaded. 

2.     When you understand Cognitive Load Theory you can combat procrastination and be a more effective learner.

3.     Optimize intrinsic load by breaking tasks into manageable components and applying full cognitive power to each step.

4.     Identify and address external distractions like technology and environmental factors (use headphones as a signal for focused work and create a tangents list for future exploration)

5.     Externalize “to-do” lists to minimize mental clutter and stay focused on the task at hand.

6.     Recognize the role of germane load in fostering creativity and insights and embrace spaces for idea generation, such as walks or shower time.

Connect with William
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@examstudyexpert
Twitter: https://twitter.com/examstudyexpert
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Exam Study Expert podcast via https://examstudyexpert.com/podcast

The Scholars Way (30 day mindset / productivity program for scholars): https://william-s-school-4d20.thinkific.com/courses/the-scholars-way?ref=8cdb35

Sounds of the Bodlein: https://www.ox.ac.uk/soundsofthebodleian/

Six Pillars of Study Success (free download): https://examstudyexpert.com/Pillars

Productivity Episodes

#81 Productivity Hacks with Scott Miller; https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/episodes/11089338

#87 Increase Your Productivity and Decrease Stress with Dr. Frank Buck: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/episodes/11526361

#89 Technology Addiction vs. Technology Mindfulness: How to Put Humans First with Rob Krecek: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/episodes/11545822

#92 How to Make SPACE for Things that Matter with Daniel Sih: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1547113/11832398

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