One thing that I think many entrepreneurs and bloggers have in common is a love of learning, and I'm no exception. I love learning from people who have done it before me and are experts in something I really want to improve myself.
I Heart Planners wouldn't even be half of what it is today without all the courses, blog posts, conferences, and podcasts I've invested in.
However, as I'm sure you know, we all have a fairly limited amount of time to consume content to help us master something new and improve.
Am I right?
So how do we make sure we maximize our learning time? Here are 3 ways I get the absolute most out every course I take or each education podcast I listen to. The first couple probably won't be anything you haven't heard before, but number 3 may surprise you.
- I take action on the things I'm learning as much as possible. It won't do me any good to consume a whole bunch of amazing content if I don't go out and apply it. Plus experience and actually doing it will teach you far more than just hearing about a particular topic.
- While I am NOT at all a fan of multitasking in general, video or audio learning is one exception. I frequently watch course videos while I'm working out on the elliptical. I listen to podcasts while doing dishes or folding clothes.
- When I buy a course, I often don't complete the entire thing from start to finish. :: gasp :: This was a game changer for me. I used to think I had to start at the very beginning, watch every video, do every worksheet in order for it “count.” I thought I needed to watch every single minute of instruction in order to get “my money's worth.” I finally realized that watching 5 videos on topics I've already mastered does nothing but waste my time – it doesn't help me get my money's worth! When I buy a course these days, I go right for what I need the most and skip the rest. I actually feel I've received the most value from courses that I can get results from in a very short time.
Sidenote: This does NOT mean I let myself off the hook if there's an exercise that is difficult but useful or that I skip things because I just don't like them. There is a difference.
How do you get the most out of the courses you take? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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