# elriggs comments on Saving the world in 80 days: Epilogue

• Thanks for the clar­ifi­ca­tion!

I un­der­stand your first equa­tion 3*30= 90 hr (3 hrs/​day* 30 days = 90 hrs to com­plete a book). The sec­ond one is a bit con­fus­ing. 3*eff*90 = ~30 hours. (3 hrs/​day * 19 effi­ciency * 90 ? = ~30 hours) Was the sec­ond 90 sup­posed to be 30 to make effi­ciency 30%?

I definitely think effi­ciency plays a huge role, and I’d say (Hours/​day *days * effi­ciency = to­tal ac­tual hours for a 100% effi­cient per­son) would be my an­swer.

(hope­fully) Re­lated: an over­all good frame to tackle this is fo­cus­ing on in­creas­ing quan­tity and qual­ity of time spent.

In­creas­ing quan­tity:

• Tak­ing time from other ac­tivi­ties and put it in this.

• Grad­u­ally build­ing up to longer and longer times. (6-7 hours on a good day is fan­tas­tic, and I ap­plaud you! So what about on av­er­age? 4-5 hours?)

• Notic­ing why you stop. Does your mind want to quit? Are you phys­i­cally tired or have tired eyes?

In­creas­ing qual­ity:

• Mak­ing sure you have a good text­book.

• Sim­ply read­ing faster w/​o los­ing com­pre­hen­sion (Imag­in­ing hy­po­thet­i­cal “Gun to the head, read as fast as you can w/​o los­ing com­pre­hen­sion for 5 min­utes, you will be quizzed” might be a good ex­er­cise to play around with)

• Not wast­ing time be­tween ac­tivi­ties (like go­ing from one ex­er­cise to the next) but also!:

• Know­ing how to make use of your sub­con­scious by let­ting your mind wan­der (I don’t have a gears-level model of this one yet, but I have in­tu­itions that it’s im­por­tant)

May I ask why you would like to com­pare study paces?

• I un­der­stand your first equa­tion 3*30= 90 hr (3 hrs/​day* 30 days = 90 hrs to com­plete a book). The sec­ond one is a bit con­fus­ing. 3*eff*90 = ~30 hours. (3 hrs/​day * 19 effi­ciency * 90 ? = ~30 hours) Was the sec­ond 90 sup­posed to be 30 to make effi­ciency 30%?

Yes, I put the wrong num­ber.

I would say my av­er­age was 4 hours dur­ing al­most two months. I could no­tice it slowly in­creas­ing, but ev­ery time I need to change to a new sub­ject/​differ­ent kind of ac­tivity (from read­ing a non-math book to one that re­quires more ex­er­cises) my time plum­meted. After a few days I could in­crease it again.

I think it was not tired­ness per se, be­cause I did not have any prob­lem with stop­ping study­ing and start­ing read­ing fic­tion or blogs. I guess it was more that I took too much in­for­ma­tion and needed to left it or­ga­nize it­self into my mind.

I wanted to com­pare the study paces be­cause 3 hours of effec­tive study is much more de­mand­ing than a 3 hours study slot time.

I can eas­ily re­serve 3~6 hours a day for mainly study­ing, if that in­cludes tak­ing some breaks to re­ply emails, or fix some small un­re­lated bugs. I can prob­a­bly di­vide it into differ­ent sub­jects and try them for some time and even­tu­ally drop what does not work.

How­ever, 3~6 hours of effec­tive or pure study per day is some­thing that would make me much more tired. In that case I would try to fo­cus on just one thing now, while try­ing to work on some meta-tech­niques/​skills to fo­cus on long-term.

It is more a plan­ning ques­tion to ad­just how much I should fo­cus on a sub­ject or on a broad range of top­ics/​bugs. But it ac­tu­ally is not that im­por­tant.

• I un­der­stand now! haha

My study time was a non-in­ter­rupted 1-3 hr block. This made it eas­ier to get in the zone and have rele­vant de­tails in my work­ing mem­ory.

Go­ing for longer than that (4-6 hr), I’d pre­dict I would need to take a walk out­side and just think of noth­ing to let my sub­con­scious do it’s thing. I haven’t done that more than once or twice this sum­mer, so I’m not sure what would be nor­mal for me.

TurnTrout has a lot more ex­pe­rience do­ing that than me, and he’d be a great re­source for any of these type ques­tions.

We ac­tu­ally have a dis­cord server with sev­eral peo­ple study­ing miri-re­lated ma­te­ri­als if that’s some­thing that in­ter­ests you.

• Thank you for the in­for­ma­tion.

I’ve fi­nally finished some kind of manda­tory ma­te­rial I had to cover for some ex­ams.

Even as I prob­a­bly failed them, I still learned some stuff in the pro­cess, and now I’m al­most free to pur­sue some­thing more in­ter­est­ing.

Thank you for the in­vi­ta­tion.

Although, the ar­tifi­cial in­tel­li­gence and re­lated top­ics in­ter­est me a lit­tle, I’m still lack­ing sev­eral of the ba­sic req­ui­sites.

I will try to fo­cus on them first, and then de­cide what to do next.