“A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.” (King Solomon, 931 BC)
We all know that we should be learning more, but how to make time for it? In a recent interview I did with Luis Suarez, he makes the observation that we need to break free from the cult of “busy-ness”. Being busy does not mean that you are productive. When we free ourselves from being busy, this gives us time to learn, and encourages curiosity and open conversations:
Let me share with you 5 ways to free up time for learning:
- Make full use of your downtime – on your daily commute, while waiting in line, while exercising, always be listening to an audiobook or podcast. Here’s my list of TOP 50 Audiobooks that I have listened to the past two years. Many of these books can also be accessed from your local public library using Overdrive or Hoopla Digital. Note: You will need to sign up for our FREE Community to gain access to these books. Then click on the FREE Resources Topic to get the password to access.
- Watch 30% less TV every week – Americans watch 22 hours of TV per week. If you watch 30% less then that frees up 7 additional hours for learning. You could schedule that as 1 hour per day or time block the 7 hours at other times during your week.
- Time blocking – instead of answering emails all day long, set up a 1 or 2 hour time during each day to respond to all emails. Create an auto response to emails that are received during your day that says something like this: “In order to provide the best customer service I can, I am only answering emails during the hours of 3pm-5pm ET every day. If your request is an emergency, you may contact me at my phone number. Thank you for allowing me to give you the best customer service possible”. Once you have time blocked your email, make sure to take advantage of this free time and time block learning in your day.
- Record video interviews with subject matter experts that you need to talk to as part of your job – learning doesn’t just happen with the solo acquisition of knowledge, it also happens when having meaningful conversations with each other. Block at least one hour per week to record these interviews and capture what you have learned in writing. If you don’t have time at work, schedule it during lunch or after work. Create a blog post with the video and the learning you have gained and share that with others.
- Lunch and Learn – make your lunch time a time for learning something new. Watch a webinar. Have lunch with a mentor. Watch TED Talks. Make double-duty out of your eating time.
Do you have any tips that you’d like to share? Please leave your tips in the comments below.
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