I’m a huge advocate of learning every day. You can understand different viewpoints, have clarity of thought, and improve decision making. It’s an important habit to grow in what you aim to be.
There’re myriad of learning resources on the internet today. You can find information on almost anything. And a lot of it is free! But many people don’t bother to use the internet for daily learning. If someone wants to grow, they are limited only by a lack of effort.
“Even today, what to study and how to study it are more important than where to study it and for how long. The best teachers are on the Internet. The best books are on the Internet. The best peers are on the Internet. The tools for learning are abundant. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.”
~ Naval Ravikant
To learn every day, you must be consistent. Like building muscles, if you stop learning, you start losing.
Here are a few essential steps to help you in learning every day:
1. Find what you should learn 🔍
Learning every day should help in your personal and professional growth. That doesn’t mean you can’t be curious about other things.
Having a curious mindset is an advantage. The inner urge to discover unknown information opens up the possibility to progress and prosper. Except, randomly learning something new every day may not lead you anywhere.
On the other hand, it’s good to explore new topics and skills to see if you like to continue learning them.
Learning out of compulsion—due to social, academic, or peer pressure—can be bad for you. So, for learning every day, keep learning things you really care about.
Learn the basics, start from the first principles before learning things that are advanced for you.
If you have listed many things to learn, start with the easy ones.
2. Choose the right learning resources 📚
Finding a perfect learning resource can be a challenge. I could never find one for me; I don't think it even exists. The best strategy would be to start with reliable resources rather than delay learning to find the perfect one.
You may have to learn from multiple platforms like Medium articles, YouTube videos, Spotify podcasts, Audible books, and so on.
So online learning resources can be about selecting the platforms and expert publishers.
It’s good to learn from a course or a book having in-depth knowledge. But don’t feel obligated to finish if you struggle to continue learning from them. Put the guilt aside. Find a resource that’s exciting to learn.
I’m skeptical about learning from social media influencers and institutions. I find that information tends to be too opinionated or over-hyped. Particularly the news on social media can present wrong facts, ideologies, and conclusions.
3. Set up a learning environment 🧘🏾♀️
Distractions are unavoidable, but you can figure out how to manage them. One way to improve focus is by keeping dedicated space, time, and tools during your learning routines.
I’m at my study desk early mornings around 7-8 AM, looking for some interesting articles and podcasts. I usually have coffee and occasionally take notes while learning.
The home screen of my smartphone has apps like Blinkist, Audible, and Medium. By arranging app icons, I remind myself to open these apps whenever I pick up my phone in the morning. This set up acts as a small nudge to develop a daily learning habit.
You can have a similar approach to organize things in favor of your daily learning.
You can also try some variations as everyday routines can be boring at times. So try things like listening to music while reading, walking while listening to audiobooks, and taking frequent breaks.
4. Stick to the learning habit ⏲️
It’s normal to lose progress for some time after a steady learning streak. Don’t feel bad if this happens to you.
The habit of learning every day, like any other habit, needs consistency. So when you find it difficult to get back on the track, start analyzing the reasons. Often the reasons are temporary and not strong enough to hold you back from learning.
Having dedicated time for your daily learning is critical. When you keep learning at scheduled times for a few months, you gradually develop a long-term daily learning habit.
5. Unlearn and relearn 🔁
Things learned today may not be relevant tomorrow. As nature, science, and technology change continuously, we need to keep updating knowledge.
And at times we get new information that’s contrary to knowledge. Instead of discrediting, it’s useful to explore the right information.
So unlearning outdated facts, biases, and myths is an essential process of learning every day.
Relearning is like refreshing rather than learning it again from scratch. You can develop a long-term memory of information that matters most. Besides, relearning can help in reflecting on the topic in different ways.
Also, discuss with people who have similar interests 💬
Take extra steps to learn better every day. Whether you’re learning personal finance, sociology, or world domination when you discuss with people having similar interests, you always benefit.
These are the essential steps that helped me a better daily learner. If you liked this article, please share.