5 Dec 2011
I should have realized this for a long time that my style of working is very different. Anything that I have felt success usually goes like this:
It dated back to when I first wanted to take the TOEFL test. When I wanted to take a TOEFL test, I went to apply for the available slot.
There was only one slot left in the next 10 days. I paid for the slot and gained confidence (from God, probably) that I could learned TOEFL within 9 days. (The last day is reserved for relaxation)
Surprisingly, I didn't even know half of the grammar rules. There are 21 grammar rules, by the way. But you know, it's just following the rules and manipulating symbolic system. I am very good at that.
Ironically, that's probably why I'm not good at foreign languages, though I'm good at taking tests of it.
If I had a couple more days, I would learn to write an essay properly and earn higher score. Now I don't think that's true. By having more time, I would lose a passion to study since it was not challenging anymore.
That was what happened with my GRE test. I planned a month to study GRE. I totally failed it, partly, because it was what everybody did. The goal is not challenging enough.
The moral of the story here is that I have a short-span of focus. Don't plan the work that goes beyond 10 days.
10 hours a day for 10 days is enough to study almost any single subject.
I first set out 1 day to learn Objective-C and build Gamling.org iPhone App.
I ended up spending 3 full days with (sleep-work cycle) and revising the whole app 1 time.
And the app is finished with good quality.