EMAIL NUMBER 27
My Knowledge Development Challenge For You
Scott P. Scheper
Downtown San Diego, CA
There's an old saying that goes, "If you want anything done, ask a busy person to do it."
It's paradoxical. You'd think to get something done, you should ask the person with the time to do it.
Indeed. It's counter-intuitive, but the best way to get something done is to ask the busy person to do it.
I have several theories.
I think it comes down to this: momentum.
You see, the busiest person is in a state of momentum. They're in a state of action. They're in a state of constantly exercising their mental muscles. They're actively calculating how much time they have, and how much time something needs in order to get done.
Otherwise, if we're faced with too much time, we end up wasting it.
Tasks which should take us 30 minutes, are stretched into 3 hours.
So why am I telling you this?
It's not to stress you out.
We all suck at time management, including me.
And who cares! I mean, to hell with becoming a busy bee. We're knowledge developers; we're deep workers. In no way do I think you should be like everyone else. Most people are on auto-pilot and haven't read a book in ten years. You're different; we're different.
However, I will say this. Pay attention. It's important:
The most important thing you ought to do on a daily basis, if you desire to develop knowledge, is this: deep work in the morning.
Our willpower depletes over the course of the day. This is something I learned from the book The Willpower Instinct.
When is your willpower highest? In the early mornings, right after you wake up.
I'd like to challenge you to try this experiment: do your deep knowledge work early in the morning.
I know, I know. You may have a good, legitimate excuse. "I have to watch my kids shovel cereal down their throat." Or, "I have to catch a bus to work." Blah, blah, blah.
Just set your alarm clock one hour earlier than you normally do.
With the Antinet, knowledge work entails the process of ingesting books (using a bibcard), and then developing the important ones (by creating maincards).
Since last week I've talked to eleven Antinetters about their goals and challenges in developing knowledge.
The more people I talk to, the more I realize how much potential there remains for people to still experience the true magic of the Antinet.
What I've learned thus far is that it isn't really the tactics of the Antinet that holds most people back.
Rather, the thing holding most people back is the process, the mindset, the strategy, and the plan in using an Antinet.
If you're a researcher, the Antinet has the potential to turn you into a research machine.
If you're an entrepreneur who loves reading, it can turn you into a learning machine.
If you're a content creator, sure, it can help you become a content machine; but it can do something even more: it can set you up to easily churn out that book that is buried deep inside of you—the book that ought to be written, but faces a risk of never seeing the light of day.
The bottom line is this: I'm excited.
I'm excited for the potential our community has to actually create and produce knowledge.
I know, without question, the Antinet is the best system for actually becoming a knowledge creator.
Most PKM courses and digital notetaking courses turn you into professional information hoarders.
They all skip the most important thing: turning you into a learning machine, a content machine, a research machine, and a writing machine!
The best part with the Antinet, however, is that it's freaking easy (if you understand the process, that is).
But I won't get into that now.
Let's swing back to what I started preaching when I began this email. What was that? Oh yes… doing deep work in the morning.
Anyway, I think you ought to try doing knowledge development in the morning.
Set your alarm clock for one hour earlier.
Plant yourself down at your desk.
Pull out a book, a bibcard and take bibnotes (brief observation notes).
After that, transform those brief notes into a main note (a deeper note, where you elaborate on the idea you had while reading).
If you've gorged my YouTube videos, then you already know what I'm talking about.
If you haven't, then don't fret.
I'll be teaching you specifically how over the next few months.
How I teach this to you is something I'm frankly not sure about right now.
Whether that be a beautifully shot video course, or group coaching, or individual coaching, or heck—maybe I'll just say screw it, and fly people out to San Diego for an intensive knowledge development bootcamp! To be determined…
Of course, there's my beast of a book which is coming out at some point here.
I've made a heck of a lot of progress editing the book this week!
Typically I chat with Antinetters on the phone from 9am - 2pm; after that I crank on editing the book until the evening.
This week was a very productive week for me. While editing, I read 20,000 words out loud (which comprises one very in-depth chapter of the book).
Reading your text out loud is one of the best ways to edit your writing pieces. It allows you to catch a lot of style and flow issues you wouldn't have otherwise caught. I learned this principle from the great direct marketer, Dan Kennedy.
Anyway, I've gone on long enough.
Quite frankly, I didn't know where the hell I was going with this email when I started it, which always makes it a bit difficult to figure out how to end.
I'll end by just stating this: give early morning deep work a try tomorrow, this weekend, or next week. Trust me. It's the best piece of advice you'll get.
One of our Antinetters is a legendary 75-year-old semi-retired programmer. She (yes, she) is an absolute rockstar. She's built out her Antinet around her passion of linguistics.
Anyway, when speaking with her last week, she coined a phrase about the Antinet that I absolutely love. Have you ever heard of the term, Runner's High? Well, she said the feeling after a nice deep work session working with the Antinet is like getting Reader's High. Your mind feels like it's been stretched, exercised and is growing. This, my friend, is the feeling you'll inevitably induce when working with the Antinet.
Anyway, that's all for now.
I'm excited for the coming months, and I look forward to sharing with you my book when it's finally complete! (Aiming for August, which is ambitious, but I mean hell, we're sending people to Mars, so I can make it happen).
Your friend and fellow Antinetter,
Scott P. Scheper
"The Man Who Always Stays Crispy, My Friend"