Learning Hacks - Day 8 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

From Friday 19th January, everyday for 40 days, I will be sharing something each day that has either (1) changed my way of thinking or perspective, (2) helped me get through a challenging period of transition, change or growth, or (3) changed my life for the better. I've called it '40 Days of Growth'. I'd love it if you followed along with me on this journey - contributing what has also helped you to learn, grow and change. And, if I can support you on your own learning journey, please do let me know :)

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Please note that these next few posts will be shorter as I am preparing these posts before heading away to help run the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards programme from Tuesday until Sunday


Day 8 of 40 DAYS OF GROWTH

Learning Hacks


To transition into the field of leadership development and learning and development from studying law and art history I worked HARD. Like, really disciplined and consistent work and I was constantly researching new ways to learn more and to learn more effectively.


Time saving strategies for learning

Here are some ideas that I've tried and built into my day-to-day:

- Learn to speed read (Tim Ferriss has a great technique that you can learn in 10 minutes. Not kidding).

- Learning 'on-the-go': I built in exercise and learning into my day-to-day routine by walking to and from work (well, for the most part walking to work and then 60% of the time walking home, depending on how late I finished). During this time I listened to hundreds of 'Philosopher's Notes' (book summaries created by Brian Johnson), TED Radio Hour podcasts and, more recently, subscribing to Audible.com and listening to audio books. I'm currently listening to 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' by Yuval Noah Harari and finding it to be incredibly thought provoking as well as perspective shattering (in some areas of my thinking). I recommend it!!

- Using a lot of my lunch times to either go for walks or coffee catch ups with mentors, go for a walk in nature to reset my mind, do some reflecting or read on my Kindle. I still like 'real books' and I also really like the transportability of the Kindle. Those Amazon Kindle book sales are dangerous for my spending habits...

- Not sure where to start with learning about a new topic? Read a book that summarises the key learnings of numerous books and authors (for example, Tim Ferriss' 'Tools of Titans'). THEN when you know which angle you want to take with your learning, you can invest more time in exploring whole books and other authors.

- Microstrategies/micro-practices - I shared this excellent article the other day that gives an insight into this idea

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Questions for you

What other techniques do you use for learning efficiently? Did you find any of the ideas above valuable? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below 😃



Jen Y