Everything we learn each day is either useful, useless, or worse. What should we prioritize? Of course, the useful information. What I noticed about this information age is much of the information we’re coming across is useless. Many entertainment products, like movies and random videos, don’t contain useful information but they affect our emotions. Maybe one minute out of ten thousand hours of watching movies can inspire us for a lifetime, but most forms of the entertainment are to temporarily change how you feel. Although entertainment can also be a way of bonding with others.
Even facts can be useless if we don’t use them. The best information for us to absorb on a daily basis is the information we can actually use. Most successful business people read the newspaper about business, read books about business, and do business every day. Successful health experts are devouring health and fitness information.
For you to be great at your field and passion, you too must know more about it than most in your industry. If you’re not learning something useful every day, you might forget the useful information you learned in the past. Your brain is a use it or lose it organ. If you don’t use your brain on a daily basis to learn, it’s going to forget what it already knows.
Create your Learning Curriculum based on information you can use in your daily life and work.
What information do you need to cut out from your life?
Example: Social media, random YouTube videos, Netflix, gossip, news that triggers fear, etc.
What information do you need to absorb more so you can know more than anyone in your industry?
Example: Writing and publishing for writers, motivation and marketing for motivational speakers, video editing and directing for film makers. For stay at home parents maybe cooking, knitting, or DIY carpentry. Art is also something worth learning.
Make Your Curriculum
In this part, all you’re doing is setting learning goals. It can be reading one book a week from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., watching tutorials from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and listening to an audiobook at lunchtime. The most important part of your curriculum is your schedule. The second most important part is the type of information. If you dedicate yourself to learn three hours a day by reading, audio or video. You’ll have magnificent results in the topic you’re learning to master.
This will dramatically help your skills and abilities to succeed. Imagine if you decided to follow a schedule like the one below. You can still get your work done and have personal time with your family and even time to exercise and adjust as you prefer. If you’re learning information you can use on a daily basis, in one month, you’ll notice a huge upgrade in your skills. In one year, you’ll know more than most people in your industry.
I will read one book on business management per week: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
I will learn NLP through audio while I’m having lunch: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
I will watch video tutorials on Marketing after dinner: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
I will read biographies of successful people every weekend based on my free time
Choose at least one topic you want to learn more about and set your daily schedule to learn.
What’s your curriculum?
Example: I will learn about drawing and do drawing exercises 8pm to 10pm Monday through Friday. (I won’t let my self-talk, talk me out of it)