When do you make the time to learn new stuff?
OK. I already see your eyes rolling in your head as you think: “Sure Babette I don’t even have time to complete my work each day!”
I acknowledge you. Yes, we all get busy being busy “doing” stuff. However, in what manner does all this busy-ness:
- improve your expertise, innovation, collaboration, and leadership capabilities?
- contribute to fulfilling your aspirational goals and professional purpose, instead of only functional KPIs and quotas?
Start here. First, make dedicated time each week to learn new stuff. Otherwise you grow complacent and comfortable. (In addition to tired, stressed, and burned out?)
Usually Mondays are the day I schedule at least one webinar, seminar, activity, interview, or conversation. Sometimes more. Why? I challenge myself to continuously move one millimeter beyond what is currently comfortable. Otherwise, the alternative is a recipe for professional complacency.
Plus, by making time for “me” to learn new stuff, I draw my personal line in the professional sand. When I schedule out this time in my calendar, I create a learning oasis for myself. No wishing and hoping: I know I definitely am going to that oasis during that time slot. Ahhhh!
Next, challenge yourself to not only learn new stuff, but also to relearn what you think you already know. You just may be very surprised.
I keep an open mind about learning new stuff, across all sorts of professional disciplines. Then I set a goal for each learning opportunity. My professional focus is catalyzing change, problem solving and cross functional leadership. Thus, I view each learning opportunity as a way for me to continuously improve my process, content, deliverables, and outcomes. Sometimes the impact of that learning opportunity is not immediately crystal clear to me. However, I let each new learning “percolate” for a while. That is when the magic happens. 😉
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My only criteria about making the time to learn new stuff is to focus on stuff:
- I legitimately know absolutely nothing about (How many of you are willing to admit that?); or
- I know a little bit about, which piques my interest to learn more about the relevance and value of this learning; and/or
- Think I already know a whole lot about. As a result, I end up re-learning the stuff I originally was trained to do. Often, you and I are not operating on the most recent operating system powering our professional disciplines. When’s the last time you professionally upgraded yourself? Just sayin’.
By taking the time to learn new stuff, I jumpstart my brain for professional innovation.
An interesting outcome of taking the time to learn new stuff is what I learn seeps into everything else I do over the course of the week. Those learnings recombine with what I know. As a result, my brain gets rewired. Plus, my professional DNA benefits because I think of the “same old” things, differently. And as I speak to, or collaborate with, colleagues and clients, the new stuff I incorporate catalyzes them to learn new stuff, too.
So this week, choose to move one millimeter forward, beyond how you originally learned to do stuff yesterday. Move one millimeter beyond how you are comfortable doing stuff today. Instead, choose to do things differently, together. So everyone gets to where you really need to go. All it takes is making the time to learn new stuff. And why not together? One millimeter at a time. Enjoy!
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Babette Ten Haken | Change Agent | Collaboration Catalyst | Complex Problem Solver | Professional Innovation | Cross Functional Leadership | Speaker, Consultant, Coach, Author |
Babette Ten Haken, Founder & President of One Millimeter Mindset™ Speaking & Consulting, catalyzes trust-based, purpose-driven, cross-functional leadership. She leverages Voice of the Customer, complex problem-solving and storytelling to catalyze collaboration between professional disciplines and create more creative and robust business outcomes. Babette is a cross-functional, business-oriented STEM professional, qualitative Voice of the Customer facilitator, PMI-certified Wicked Problem Solver and Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality). She is a member of the ASQ, SHRM, PMI, the National Speakers Association. Her playbook of cross-functional collaboration, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com. Contact Babette here. Image source: Adobe Stock.