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Remove Time-Wasting Activities

Remove Time-Wasting Activities

Two hours on a skill seems effortful but two hours on Netflix wouldn't. Finding time doesn’t help if the problem is fundamentally that it is too effortful to learn.

Suspend all activities that consume your time like Social Media, Games etc. Check the ones you want to reintroduce ones that you need helping your effortless learning.

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MORE IDEAS FROM The Key to Find Time for Learning | Scott H Young

Make Learning Frictionless

Make learning easy to get started. Set up the right environment for least preparation before real practice.

  • Have materials on you at all times . If you’re reading, always carry a book or Kindle.
  • Set up your working area so starting is instantaneous. If you’re studying for an exam, keep material open to start.
  • Batch all the tedious starting work. Tedious preparations may precede real learning. Set time aside for it to take advantage of time to make progress.

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Ever-growing To-Do List

With full-time commitments like University or Job tasks could be hard, but one can always find some spare time. This time could be invested on self-care and family time among others.

A long to-do list with saved browser tabs of courses to watch or books to learn. Our to-learn list is long and ever-growing, skills that we want to maintain and master, harder to fit it in our schedules.

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Integrate Life and Learning

Align your project with sources of meaning in life like something that fits within your existing work, social or family pursuits.

Learning a skill independently before getting responsibilities for it becomes harder to follow through but a skill for work is easier to learn. When learning is disconnected from other things we care about, it tends to fall away.

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Focus only on One Project

The rule is to have one project at a time. Among all your interests , pick one to pursue. You can always learn something else later, but if you find you lack time for one then you will definitely fail to find time for three.

Anything that requires learning effort is a project. Commiting to one project promises real progress. In practice, sequentially pursuing projects doesn’t limit your breadth.

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Finding Time For Learning
  • Most adults who are juggling work, parenting and self-care find it hard to set aside time to learn anything new.
  • The desire to learn is there, as one knows the importance of upgrading one’s skill sets. The challenge is to find the time to learn.
  • The most fundamental strategy is not to spread ourselves too thin, and have only one project at a time. If we want to learn tennis, painting and coding, we need to pick one first.
  • If multiple projects are important to us, we still need to focus on learning one project at a time and pick the second one after progress is made on the first one.

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Expose Yourself Multiple Times to the Same Information

If you can be exposed to a fact, idea or procedure multiple times, you’ll retain it far longer than if you experience it only once.

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Consider at what speed you should try to do things in order to improve performance.
We can often learn something quickly, but without attaining a master level (like getting good at estimating answers to math problems. While you might get within close proximity, you'll seldom get to the exact answer.)
Learning to do something with precision will require a different technique and can take much longer to master.

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