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How to Develop Sherlock Holmes-Like Powers of Observation and Deduction

How to Develop Sherlock Holmes-Like Powers of Observation and Deduction
If there's one spy skill we all envy, it's the Sherlock Holmes-like ability to quickly read a situation and come up with a theory that explains it (like the toothpaste stain that reveals your co-worker overslept, or the nervous twitch that shows your friend drank too much). Luckily, anyone can hone these same skills, and it isn't that hard. Here's how to do it. P Increase Your Powers of ObservationP SExpand Most of us don't pay attention to the world around us. It's not a superhuman ability. Our worst habit is that we simply don't pay attention. Give Yourself Monthly or Daily Challenges That Force You to Slow DownP One of the classic tricks for forming a new habit is to gradually work yourself into it every day. You can do anything you want here, provided it causes you to slow down and observe the world from another angle. The idea is to gradually teach yourself to notice small details in your environment and daily life. Take Field Notes to Focus Your AttentionsP Briefly Meditate DailyP

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