We’re in some kind of a learning process from the moment when we’re born up to our last breath. There’s not a day when we stop learning. But we can always optimize our learning process by following these two essential steps:
Prioritize what you learn
The first one requires hard work and focus every minute of our lives. Do you want to learn the details of your next door neighbor’s personal life, quantum physics or the latest sales techniques? The choice is entirely up to you. Just remember the saying: You can do anything, but you can’t to everything. The same applies to learning. Your time is limited and you should spend it wisely.
This brings us to the second point. If you’re eager to acquire new information and new skills in limited time, you need to learn faster. And here’s a proven technique.
Divide the learning material into small parts
Digest the first part well before proceeding to the second part
Be consistent: if you spend every day learning a small chunk of very different things, you’ll end up knowing nothing. If you focus on what you need to learn, you’ll see the progress soon.
These are the essentials of fast learning. Follow them step by step, and the learning process will become both fast and enjoyable.
One of the first lessons of self-development teaches us to stop identifying ourselves with other people — be it our mentors, parents, significant others or our own children. The last one is often way too hard: many new parents, especially the ones who carried the child and gave birth, talk about the little ones as if they were parts of one whole person: “we ate,” “we spoke,” “we made our first teeny-weeny step” are phrases we regularly hear from them. This is reasonable for as long as the child can’t eat on its own. After that short period, we should let the little person in the family grow as a separate individual.
We are here to support and guide our children but it never means living their life for them. We are obliged to keep them reasonably safe, feed them well and make them feel loved every waking hour. But the love and care we give them must be in a reasonable amount. After all, our end goal is to raise self-sufficient and happy children who care for themselves and their loved ones. So make sure you teach them to be responsible. That’s the first step. And don’t be too hard on yourself: there is no such thing as a perfect parent. We all make mistakes and learn from them.
Every day of our lives, we need some goal to aim for, a purpose to hold on to. But what goals are worth all the effort and what are not? How do we decide and prioritize?
To keep all our actions coordinated, we are constantly in need of some long and short-term goals. But how do we set these goals? Is there a system we should use?
The ultimate goal for each of us is being happy. But there is no couple of people that have the same way of achieving the ultimate happiness.
And this is why you should divide the ultimate goal into smaller and smaller parts until you get yourself a bunch of realistic, short-term goals.
When you know your short-term goals, yourself about each of those: will this goal help me get to the final destination? How will it affect the big scheme of things? And only if the answer fulfills you, proceed with that goal.