This is one task that you can do in “bites”. I personally hate thinking about cutting down a task into “bite sized pieces” because it usually doesn’t work. Often, it takes me more time to cut down the project then to actually do it. I’m a “blocker” – I prefer to block off good chunks of time and feel I’ve made progress in the project rather than splitting my attention. However, as with all time management practices, there is a time and place to use them where they suit you.
Education is one of those tasks which can be cut up into pieces easily. Why? Because of the nature of education; education is not a one shot, one book, one course or even one class process. It’s on-going. Learning something new is a process which cannot be rushed – we need the facts or the rules or methodology, then we need to understand it, process the learning and assimilate it into our world to the point that we can actually use it. Therefore, learning can only be done in small increments and that’s great for time management purposes. Education or, if you prefer to call it learning, is a lifelong process which can be incorporated into your life forever.
A day without learning is a day wasted – we need to be learning every day otherwise we become stale and set in our ways. Ever notice some people who come out of university, land a job and never think of learning again unless their company sends them on a training course? What happens? They get very “old” very quickly – their energy becomes “un-vibrant” and they lose their spark. Stop learning = start growing old really fast even at 25! We’ve all met 25 year olds who seem as though they are 105!
Make it a point to learn every day. Pick a topic or topics you want to learn about – eg hiking, reading financial statements, chess, HTML, website design, bridge, skating – whatever new interest you want to develop. Schedule the learning – it could be as little as 15 minutes a day during your lunch hour but imagine, in a week, you’ve put in one hour and 15 minutes learning something new! In a month, 5 hours, you’ll likely have learned what you need to know to put it into practice!
Imagine if you learned even 6 new things every year of your life, how interesting your conversations would be, how many people you would meet and what a fascinating person you would become in conversation. At work, every day learning can have huge impacts on your career when directed at continuously improving your knowledge and experience. Experience is the most important learning. The benefits are enormous.
Bite-size time management techniques work wonderfully in building an incredible background of knowledge and experience throughout your lifetime.