In Eduardo Briceño’s TEDX talk he talks about the Learning Zone and Performance zone. We might be under the impression that we are learning new things regularly in our life and work, but the concept of having a Learning Zone and Performance zone kind of makes us think about it.
We all know that there is an element of learning that happens sub consciously as part of work, in talking to people, reading a book, watching TED talks, a movie or documentary, browsing the internet and so on. But often we are unable to quantify it. we might learn and understand but then probably forget if we do not put it into practice. And the fact is there are many things we learn that we do not immediately put to practice. May be we should train ourselves to be conscious of our learning so we are reminded to practice it.
Blogging helps you solidify what you learn in life by sharing it with people
Blogging has been so good for me in that way. Because as much as possible I blog on new things I learn, books I read and so on. In that process I get to rethink what I learned. I think if you also follow that process it should be helpful
Take notes the old fashion way, in a book, in a paper; when you read, when you listen to talks
You might also have seen people always carrying a note so they can write down pieces they hear or read. I do that while reading. I keep a bookmark on which I can scribble and change the book mark once it is full. It works. At least for me.
Embrace change as change pushes us into our learning zone whether we like it or not
If you are entering a job you will know that you will be in the learning zone for a while. You learn about new systems, new people, a different culture. Your brain start working fast and connecting and reconnecting the NEW with what you KNOW and in the process building new buckets of information for use. I am not saying you should keep changing jobs, but when you change your jobs you are forcibly pushed into your learning Zone. So why not think of ways to deliberately push yourself into that zone every now and then, either at work or on the side.
Build a romance with something that you have no clue about. The learning you will need to do from scratch will help make your mind more crisp
One of my favorite is to engage in side projects and they can be related to work or something new. The beauty of side projects is they are completely voluntary and you will choose something where you love the time invested in it and not just the outcome. It is not more money that drives your side projects nor is it lack of it. It is just who you are and every side project is your own learning zone