Daily Study Routine
I had a terrible relationship with learning during my years of formal education. I went through school nodding my head, pretending I was interested in what was being taught. I knew I was doing it all wrong.
When my boss asked me what I was reading, I explained that I didn’t have time. He kindly replied, “Then you don’t have time to be the top of your field.”
Still, I continued to work hard and study little… Until I noticed that every mentor in my life was not only a great teacher, but also an avid student.
Then, 12 years ago, I was asked to produce my “Annual Educational Investment Plan” in writing for the year. I didn’t have one and was surprised anyone out of college did!
That one-page document changed my life when I hardwired it into my schedule.
Here is my plan for 2012 (warning: admittedly, I am a learning addict):
Read at least 12 Books Per Year – Key Subject this year: Leadership and Engagement of Total Workforce
Participate in 2 Book Clubs around the subject
150 hours reviewing Trade Magazines/Websites
8 Industry Tradeshows
10 Live Educational Events – Learn from leading experts (2- 5 hours in length)
100 Ted Talks (or similar) Online
2 Full Learning Programs (1- 3 days in length)
If you haven’t made time for learning lately, start today. Download an audio book to listen to on the way to work or while you shop for groceries.
If you’re already reading, join a study group this week (or create your own) – you multiply your learning when you do.
By the way, when I couldn’t afford to take courses or buy programs, I found “extra” things in my life to give up. I am glad I did.
Living, loving, and learning,