I remember once hearing someone saying: ”When you stop learning you are as good as dead.” I have no idea who said it but that sentence has stuck with me for years now. I’m a firm believer that we should never stop learning. It doesn’t matter what you learn, as long as you are learning something. Whether you’re learning a new language or you’re simply just learning a new way to cook potatoes, knowledge is power and the more you have it the better.
Choosing what to learn about
The first step on your learning journey is also the most important one of all: choosing what you want to learn about. If you’re like me and you want to learn about a ton of things at once I suggest you grab a piece of paper and write down all the things you’d like to learn. After that, think about which skill will be the most useful in the nearby future. Imagine you want you want to learn how to edit photos on photoshop and you also want to learn a few key sentences in French. In a few weeks, you’ll be going to Paris on vacation. What would be the most useful skill for that trip? Learning a few French words, right? So that skill should be you’re number one skill to learn. After that trip, you can concentrate on your editing skills.
Break down the steps to get to your goal within that skill
I’ve talked about breaking your goals into small manageable steps on my ‘How To Plan a Big Project’ blogpost but this also applies to learning something new. Breaking things into small steps will make everything look less overwhelming. You will then feel a lot motivated to complete those steps and much happier when you manage to tick off one of them.
Gather all the materials you might need
Having everything you need to learn the skill you want all in one place and have it somewhere you can easily see it and access it. That way you won’t have the excuse of ”Oh I’m not gonna work on that skill today because I don’t have the materials gathered.”
Practice makes perfect
I started learning Korean almost a year ago but didn’t have a set schedule for when I was going to study. I about 6 months I only knew the basics like the Korean alphabet and a few basic sentences. It wasn’t until I started practicing diligently every day that I improved. I don’t spend a lot of time each day studying Korean, just about 15 to 30 minutes each morning but I feel like my skills have improved immensely to the point where I watch Korean tv shows without subtitles and have somewhat of a clear idea of what is being said. I know it sounds kinda boring having to practice every day but trust me if you make it fun, it won’t cost a thing.
Make it fun
Speaking of making it fun, there are endless ways you can make learning fun. Learning something should be fun for you to the point where it feels like getting ice-cream or watching your favorite show.