1. Pick a goal. Look at the changes you want to make to Measurably Improve Your Quality of Life. Which goals require you to learn more before you can confidently make the change you want? Look for a goal you could start on now, without too much time required.
2. Research options for learning. Construct criteria for which options you are attracted to and which you are not. Trust your intuition. If heading down a certain path doesnt feel right, dont go that way! Refine your goal with research. It helps you go from "I want to make money," to "I want to make money that is in alignment with my goals, strengths and values." Find someone who has done what you want to do and have them show you. You can also do research on the internet, take a class, interview others, and find a mentor.
3. Choose the best option. Pick something that is possible to do in your environment, that you can work on constructively within your timeframe, and that you can do successfully with the energy and attention you have.Consider time constraints, geographic constraints, and your mental state. Schedule a time of day for learning and practicing what you learn. Develop the habit of paying attention to what you want to learn or improve upon. "Emotions drive attention. Attention drives learning."Pay attention to your emotional reactions. If you find yourself resisting, explore why. There is a reason for resisting the learning experience. Dont become overwhelmed with all the choices. Pick one and try it!
4. Experiment with learning. There is a difference between just doing something and conducting an experiment. When doing an experiment, you must plan, create a structure for evaluation ahead of time, and reflect. Setting a specific criteria allows you to see if you met it or not. Be sure to have a method for keeping track of progress. Use whatever tools you have! Notebooks, phone, apps, computer, Internet, calendar, blogs, etc. Keep reflecting on your progress. Set milestones and stick to them. Put reminders in your calendar.
5. Evaluate your results and milestones. Did you reach them? A reminder in your calendar will prompt you to reflect - so do it! What worked and what didnt? Why?
6. Refine your approach. If the learning approach you chose worked, then keep going with it. If not, go back and pick a different one and start experimenting!
Tips One way to think of what counts as "learning" comes from renown psychologist Robert Bjork: "Learning is the ability to use information after significant periods of disuse, and it is the ability to use the information to solve problems that arise in a context different (if only slightly) from the context in which the information was originally taught."Dont settle on your first option for learning. Explore all options before making your choice.