We are all constantly trying to find ways to be more productive. When we are using the right tools, we will be more productive, but what underpins these tools? It’s about learning properly. The fact is that as we get older, it is harder to fire those synapses in our brains. While there are some things that are harder to learn as an adult, some things are easier, and with this in mind, here are a few things that you could benefit from to start learning (or relearning) as an adult to make it a far more effective practice.
Choose Your Study Space Wisely
The place where you learn is just as important as how you learn. If you are in a more relaxed environment, there’s a lot less distraction and clutter in your mind. When you start to choose your study, you can then decorate it accordingly. A lot of people have no choice but to use their living room. When you are looking to learn a new language or undertaking a course, you’ve got to decide on how you are best able to retain information, but also how you are storing it in a physical sense.
You can take advantage of storage cabinets for living room spaces, as well as many bookshelves, but it’s important to remember that if there’s an abundance of learning materials on display, this can be overwhelming. When we are learning, the study space has to be simple. Some people get inspired by a wealth of books, but when we’re starting out, let’s focus on keeping things far more streamlined.
Focus on Quality
One of the biggest problems in the modern world is that there’s a huge selection of material that is not fit for purpose. There are many poorly written novels and gossip columns out there, and while light reading can be beneficial to help calm ourselves down when we are looking to learn things, we need to find good reputable material. What’s the best way to ascertain the best material?
Surrounding Yourself With the Right People
When you surround yourself with like-minded people, this will make a big impact on your attitudes. The right people will encourage you to keep learning and developing. A lot of people fall into the trap of hanging around with people that don’t stimulate them. The people you make friends with are going to make a big impact, not just on your ability to learn, but on your outlook.
Learning is not just about absorbing information, but about critiquing it and putting your own opinions into the mix. Anybody can learn something parrot fashion, but it’s those people who have the abilities to break down concepts and rip them apart that will develop more robust intelligence.
Improving Your Rest
Learning is not just about forcing yourself to stare at books for hours on end; it’s about ensuring your brain has the opportunity to process this information. What we have to remember after a heavy learning bout is we need not just one, but two nights of quality rest for the information to be absorbed. You might like the idea of burning the candle at both ends, but if you are learning a lot of information you’ve got to break it down into more manageable chunks.