How do I incorporate the things I learn from self-improvement reading into my life? This is more than just a question about remembering what I learn from self-improvement books. I am looking for ways of making that knowledge stick, so that I can make good use of it later when I need it.
Let me give an example. Last year I read Richard Wiseman's 59 Seconds
and loved the practical implications of the research he described. Knowing that you can trick your body into feeling happy when you're not by putting a pencil between your teeth is very handy. But there are countless other tips and tricks in that book and others I have read in the past that I simply don't remember now, or don't use. Often I find that I start using the tip, then forget about it because I don't need to use it for a while.
Some of the things I learn are easy to incorporate because they can be translated into habits I can develop (like not using electronics before bed), but for others it's not so easy. This year I had been saying "and so" instead of "but" for a month or so, and that has stopped. Tips for relationships are also very difficult for me to assimilate if I'm not in a relationship for example.
So, to the questions:
1. Beyond the obvious answer of "form habits", what are some practical ways I can keep things I learn from my self-improvement reading "present" or "visible" in my daily routines, to the extent that I start to assimilate that information? (I'm thinking something a little more sophisticated than "write all the tips on sticky notes and plaster your apartment").
2. What would be a good way of collating all the the tips and tricks (like the pencil between teeth one) so that I have an easy way of reviewing them periodically?
3. If you have done self-improvement reading before and tried to assimilate what you learned, what approaches or techniques worked for you? I'm thinking specifically about things that can't be made into habits in this question, so please try to target your answers accordingly.