Life Tactics is a series of compact posts about my methods, tricks and hacks for everyday life, professional trades and mentality.
Learn Something New Everyday //
Every time we sense (hear, see, taste, feel, smell) new information, that’s us learning something new. Without even trying, this happens constantly at almost every waking moment of consciousness.
But our incredibly adaptive learning brains are better at forgetting than learning. In fact, on average, we forget 50 – 80 percent of what we’ve learned after one day and 97 – 98 percent after a month (source).
That’s pathetic and a waste.
This occurs because the things we learn are often learned inadvertently, seem (or are) unimportant and don’t realize the effort it takes to learn something.
What if we choose to learn something? Anything. To seek out a new skill or a bit of knowledge for the sake of it?
If we deliberately decide to learn something, it should help us integrate it into ourselves permanently.
This way, we can first have the memory of seeking out something specific and the effort it took to learn it. Then seamlessly apply it naturally to our lives.
Even just using the internet, there’s enough knowledge to learn something new everyday without ever exhausting this ever-growing resource. And of course, the old fashioned but never out of fashion real world learning.
The goal of this Life Tactic isn’t to drastically change yourself into a scholared learning machine.
It’s to slowly but distinctly learn something new everyday without it interfering your life to gradually enhance it over time.
There’s 2 ways you can do this;
You’re probably already doing this, “Googling” randomly throughout the day to pique your curiosity on any given subject or to verify certain information. Doing this on a more deliberate scale, for the sake of learning, can have great results.
Then there are skills that take time to master or knowledge bases that you can’t be fully versed in within a single day. So find an interest or something that can upgrade you and start learning.
This way we can always learn something new everyday, developing a wide range of subjects and disciplines to our otherwise relatively narrow spectrum of specialization.
This need not be boring… By broadening your existing interests, adapting skills you’ve always wanted or needed to just learning a good joke or even building your “useless but interesting information” mental database.
Learning strengthens our character, builds our confidence and makes us wiser. Of which this personal development can be applied 1 small step at a time.
Life Tactics: Learn Something New Everyday
[The featured photo was taken from the Taipei 101 Tower Skyscraper in Taiwan.]
I just learned something by reading this, does that count?
Wow that’s sad about how little we retain, but you’re right, if we make an effort to learn something new everyday, it should help.