How to create your own continuous learning system
Maybe you miss the feeling of learning new things, starting something you do not know how to do, discovering something that could bring you courage. Add more utility to your life. Do not fall for the same thing over and over again.
12 key system to keep learning
For this I have created a system "back to school", is more a mentality than something else, which will help you to learn again and continue educating you on what matters. The key to this is to build opportunities within your life. This system is composed of 12 keys:
- Start with podcasting: make a commitment to listen to a podcast every morning (or audio books) that enrich you. As you probably will not have time to look for the best selection in the morning, spend a few minutes on Sunday night to download material to listen to throughout the week.
- Learning partner: find a colleague, partner or relative to see you once or twice a week to find, share and contrast several learning points acquired during the week. We recommend working on a shared folder in Evernote or Google Drive to extend this practice. This relationship is likely to become healthily competitive, that is the key.
- Bits of time: if you have 12 minutes a day you can improve your life. You could also check your email inbox, watch the news to see if a meteor will fall on the ground, or worse, check what happens on Twitter or Facebook. The alternative to all this, are practices like Woby, TED or Khan Academy. Others like DailyLit, FastCompany or Now I know.
- Important hour: look, well, read, there are 168 hours in a week. You can dedicate one of those hours weekly to participate in a webinar, attend a practical workshop on one of your specialties, exchange actions with other professionals in your sector - or another different. Maybe you could read the blog of Seth Godin or Tim Ferris. Once a month, dedicate instead of an hour, a half day or a whole day to work on a longer version of the important time.
- Sign up to the utility: I do not watch every day TED, I am not watching every video of Gary Vainechuck, I do not click on all the newsletters that Chris Brogan en route to the week, but when I do, I try hard to learn and Find usefulness about something that helps me improve in what I do. For example, if I am working on crowdfunding campaigns I try to apply for at least three practices that I find in the sources to which I am subscribed.
- Library at mealtime: Even if you do not have a library card or do not buy anything, see the titles of the books and read small excerpts from each of those that interest you, can help you expand your frame of reference, Leaving the office and switching to a stimulating site is good for the brain.
- Read something new every day: Do you get newsletters to those that you do not remember subscribing to? Eliminate unread subscriptions and find new sources that you will read (lately I'm reading Smartbrief and AdAge to keep up with industry news)
- Start a work club: social clubs are fun, if you turn them around a passion are still more, if at the same time they are about something professional, it is more useful and brings more benefits, Tomorrow a month is more difficult. Since you have to go to work, this will be simpler, you will gather around the work and you will advance in it next to another person restless by the same as you.
- Talk to someone new: then (this is the key) listen to that person more than you speak to him. Often in the conversations, we are so obsessed with convincing other people that we miss out on what might be interesting. Discover what fascinates your conversational partner and learn what you can about the topic.
- Optimize your lifestyle: if you travel, you learn things, if you go to the movies, you learn things. If you launch a project, you learn things. If you fail at something, you learn things. I guess you've already got my message. Record all these things somewhere, you will see that you are slowly learning how to optimize everything you do so that when you travel you are more attentive to opportunities or when you fail you think about what the next move is going to be.
- Write, write, write: focus your efforts on producing a piece of your important work (report, research, micro-ebook, experiments, etc.) a month that can be shared with other people, not for the value you bring , Which will be quite high, but what you will learn by building such projects.
- Expand the definition of routine: Once a week introduces two leisure activities that you do not usually practice. Cooking classes, visiting art galleries, playing chess, learning to play the violin or learning to speak Chinese. In addition to learning something new, changing habits will improve your approaches.
This is a good way to learn without the need to dedicate yourself in body and soul to courses, programs or to return to sit at your school desk, something unlikely if you are 20 years up.