It takes discipline and commitment in learning something new.
The people that have the ability to learn and grow are the ones who make consistent habits into their daily routines. You can’t simply go to sleep one night and expect to wake up knowing everything!
But in addition to having the right type of mindset, you also can enact a range of habits to help you become a better student and get the full benefits of learning new information.
Here are some easy steps that you can follow to build better habits in learning something new!
Make yourself a timeline
Learning new things takes time. Do you know the old saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? Well, that same saying applies to our brain absorbing and understanding information and learning new skills. Set yourself a goal and purpose for learning something new and create a planned timeline to follow. This will help you remain more accountable in your learning journey!
Keep it simple
If you feel overwhelmed when trying to learn something new, then it will be likely you will struggle to stay motivated and committed. Keep the process simple when creating your timeline and make the goals achievable. Rather than trying to rush through reading an entire book as fast as you can, give yourself permission to read one chapter per day—and you will be amazed at the entirely new experience you will have in learning!
Hire a tutor
Sometimes we need external help to assist us in learning something new, and that is totally okay. Hiring a tutor who is experienced in the field you are wanting to learn about is a great way to create a learning plan that will keep you engaged. They do the majority of the prep work and you just need to commit to showing up to the sessions with an open mind that is ready to learn new things from trained professionals!
Visualize the process
If you can think it, you can achieve it! Learning new things is hard. But one of the best habits you develop is a positive attitude. If you tell yourself you can learn it—no matter how hard or overwhelming it may seem—the chances are that you actually will! Visualizing is a powerful form of meditation that many successful people in all realms do, and is something you can start incorporating into your learning routine too!
Just do it
Another crucial habit to have when learning something new is to actually do it! Too many of us spend so much wasted energy procrastinating, stressing, or avoiding that we don’t give ourselves the opportunity to just do it and learn! Even if you do it in shorter increments of 10-minute intervals, you will be amazed at how much you will pick up in such a short amount of time. But you will never learn something new if you do not give yourself the opportunity to do so in the first place!
Share your learnings
Teachers are some of the greatest students. Taking on the role of a teacher to help someone else is an equally incredible way to continue learning something new. It reinforces your confidence that you have an understanding of the information or skill and that you are able to re-teach it in your own words. Just think how incredible the world would be if we all took it upon ourselves to share our learnings with others!
It is commendable to want to learn something new! With these habits to develop and commit to, you will be well on your way to growing and developing as a person overall.