5 Ways to Make Learning a Daily Habit
Happy New Year!!!!
I can’t believe January is already here once again. And I’m almost positive that you’ve set some big goals for yourself this year, whether or not you call them “resolutions”. But one of the best investments you can make in yourself is education, so in this post, I plan to give you as many ways as I can think of to incorporate learning into your daily life, so that it becomes a habit. (Psst! There may or may not be an upcoming CHALLENGE with this theme!) So, without further ado:
Read 20-30 minutes a day. The BEST way to do this is to set aside time right before bed, so you can kill 2 birds with one stone and detox from technology a little bit. But the key here is to set aside the same time each day. 20-30 minutes may not seem like a lot, but even if you only read on weekdays, you’re reading 2 to 2 ½ hours every week!
Try an educational app. My personal favorite for creating a habit is Duolingo, because it will send you mobile and email reminders every day, and you will earn rewards for keeping up a daily streak. It may drive you nuts at first, but you’ll end up being grateful that it wouldn’t let you forget.
Read the news. I know I harp on this CONSTANTLY, but I can’t tell you enough how important it is to know what’s going on in the world. This is another one that you can do on your phone. Download a news app, whichever one you like (although I recommend reading my Staying Current post first), and set notifications to pop up for big stories. That way, even if you don’t happen to have a spare moment to sit down and read the actual stories, you’ll still know the headlines. The most important stories aren’t always what’s trending on Twitter.
Listen to a podcast. This is about as passive as it gets. When you’re cooking, cleaning, driving, or any other activity where you’d usually be listening to music or being bored in silence, you could be listening to a podcast and expanding your worldview. There are podcasts out there for every interest and taste, and most of them are absolutely fabulous. I am personally a fan of Crooked Media’s podcasts, like Pod Save America and Majority 54. I can also recommend Lifehacker’s The Upgrade, and NYT’s The Daily.
Get your learning straight to your inbox. We all check our email on a daily basis. Sometimes it can be exciting, and sometimes it can be a drag, but come hell or high water, we’ll always have email. But I have great news! There are ways to jazz up your inbox by getting daily emails teaching a new subject or skill. A great many of them are independently offered, like Alex Tooby’s Instagram course, or Convertkit’s Email course (just a couple of the ones I’ve taken). But the biggest recommendation I can give is to Highbrow. They have tons of courses to choose from, and each of them are only ten days long. It’ll probably be the New Year again before you run out of courses to take, and by then, they’ll probably have added even more for you. (Psst! I have a course on Highbrow! It’s called How to Learn Any Subject Using Your Own Curriculum).
Because I’m a course producer, I have an affiliate relationship with Highbrow. If you click on the link above, I may make money, particularly if you choose to take my course. Please note that I never recommend anything that I don’t fully support and use personally.