Learn Five New Things Every Day
This is the season of resolutions. Lose weight, get fit, go to the gym, stop smoking, get a new job, give up chocolate ... the list is endless. The problem with resolutions is that most people can’t stick to them, so I believe that the best one you can make this year is to commit to learning five new things every day.
Read on to find out why this could be your best ever resolution and how you can achieve it.
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Why You Should Learn Five New Things Every Day
professionals have been telling us for some time that we should eat at least
five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day, in order to stay
healthy. You also need to keep your mind healthy, and committing to learning
five new things every day is a simple way to achieve this.
Here are a few reasons
for keeping your mind healthy:
- Looking for a new job? If so, prospective employers will want to
know how you keep yourself up to speed with changes in your industry. In
the December issue of this newsletter we talked about the steps you can
take to get the promotion you’ve been after. (Click
here to read it again) and improving your skills is an essential part
of doing this.
- Problem Solved. Doing the same thing the same way and
expecting different results is never going to work. If there’s a problem
you’ve been struggling with for a while, look at what you might need to
learn in order to solve it. It might not need as much as reading an entire
management book or attending a three day course. Focus on the issue and
you’ll find that new ideas and solutions will appear through the new
things that you’re learning.
- Stay alive! If you’re not learning five new things
each day, check your pulse because you might be dead! If you carry on
doing exactly what you’ve been doing for the last few years, without
changing a thing, then your life will become completely stagnant. You’ll
get bored with your job and your hobbies. Learning new things will keep
you energised and refreshed.
You don’t have to
learn a new element of rocket science every day. Have you found a way to do a
regular task in a shorter time? Have you learnt a new route to work? What can
you learn that reinforces something you already know? Be open and you’ll find
it much easier to learn new things and then put your new knowledge to good use.
How Can You Learn Five New Things Every Day?
Here are some tips to
get you started:
- Find a place to write down the five things you learn each day. It
could be the last thing you do before you leave the office, so type them
into a spreadsheet. It could be last thing you do before you go to sleep,
in which case, a note book by your bed is ideal.
- Look at your list and think about how what you’ve learnt can make
tomorrow better. Then write down what you're going to do about it
tomorrow! In the February issue of this newsletter, we’ll come back to
this when we look at how to improve your personal effectiveness, so get
started right away.
- At the end of today, click here to share with
me the five new things that you’ve learnt today!
Learning five new
things every day is like eating five portions of fresh fruit or vegetables
every day – easy to do, easy to stick to and a great way to keep your mind
healthy. No need to make any other resolutions this year!
Where Can You Get More Help?
At Absolute Learning we run workshops to help organisations develop their people, increase capabilities and gain competitive advantage. If you and your team need to learn about management skills, leadership development, career transitions, presentation skills, project management, redundancy issues, rapport building, listening skills or recruitment and selection, then get in touch to talk about how we can help you learn at least five new things in one day.