By Leo Babauta
This month we have focused on (fairly short) daily learning sessions, to build up the habit of learning. Weâ€™ve talked about some effective learning methods and if all has gone well, youâ€™ve incorporated a few of them in your learning sessions.
So how has this month gone for you? Iâ€™m guessing that if youâ€™ve been relatively consistent, youâ€™ve learned something. You havenâ€™t mastered it, but youâ€™ve made progress. And youâ€™ve started to develop (or improve) your learning skills.
And whatâ€™s next?
I highly encourage you to take this challenge beyond the 30 days of this month, and continue your journey. The learning has only just started, to be honest, and thatâ€™s an amazing thing: we get to explore beyond this starting point! We get to go deeper, to go broader, to take our skills and understanding to a new level. Wow. We are lucky people, no?
Hereâ€™s what you might consider:
- If you are happy with how things have been going, just continue your learning sessions. Expand them to 20 minutes per day if you havenâ€™t yet.
- If you want to take it to the next level, expand to 30 minutes a day for this coming month, then 45 minutes if your schedule allows.
- Get a learning partner (seek one on the forums if you donâ€™t have any candidates you can think of) and have fun learning together, holding each other accountable for your continued learning.
- Keep a learning journal. Learn from your mistakes. See where you need to improve. Be ecstatic at your progress.
- Teach your learning to others. Your learning only deepens and becomes reinforced when youâ€™re forced to teach what youâ€™ve learned to beginners.
- If you want to move on to other things, space your repetitions out. For example, if youâ€™ve been learning French, but donâ€™t want to keep up your daily sessions â€¦ do weekly or twice-monthly reviews so you donâ€™t forget what youâ€™ve learned, and take occasional opportunities to speak what you know to other people. This way you donâ€™t forget everything youâ€™ve learned, but the review time can be minimal.
Whatever form your journey takes beyond this month, I encourage you to not just drop what youâ€™ve learned. At the least, maintain what youâ€™ve gained by revisiting it monthly, and when the time and interest allows, go deeper now and then.