As you think about resolutions for the coming year, think about them in a number of ways.
HOW you learn: what are you going to do to take in a new learning mode this year – ebook, downloadable book, podcast, discussion group, f2f group. Find a new way to learn something and TRY IT OUT!
WHAT you learn: Keep this as broad as possible. See how you can use what you learn in one area of your life for another – work, home, personal, hobby.
WHERE you learn: I confess, I’m a bathroom reader. And kitchen table reader. There are so many other places to learn – elevators, waiting for trains and planes, on hold. Find ways to maximize those lost minutes by turning them into learning places.
WHY you learn: Think about what you may be needing to do in the next year. Kids graduating from college and reaching a new stage of life? (yep) Kids entering school of starting a new learning adventure? Are you learning a new hobby or expanding an existing one? For whatever reason, make sure you know why you are learning and how you can use that knowledge.
WHO you learn with: Consider learning something with someone else. That way you can support and reinforce what you learn. We forget not because we don’t know something, it’s because we don’t USE it! Find a reason or excuse to use what you learn right away. A learning buddy can help make that happen.
WHEN you learn: Think about what you learn and when you learn it. It’s not necessarily 9 to 5, and it’s not necessarily just in time. Expand your when to open you up to learning on a Sunday morning or night, during lunchtime, and other “off-hours” times that can provide you with some extra energy and knowledge.
I hope you think about and adopt some of these ideas as you enter 2011 with a new learning mindset. Then at the end of the year you can look back and track all the new knowledge that you acquired!