Education is something that is often conceived as merely an activity accomplished at the beginning of our lives. Once a person completes college, they take a breath of fresh air realising that they never have to voluntarily step into a standard classroom again, but what they do not realise is that education never actually ends.
Some of the most intelligent people around the world attempt to learn something every day. Learning happens with every activity and here are some practical ways that you can exercise your brain each day and improve your overall life.
We live in an age where any information needed to do any task can be accessed throughout the internet. Take full advantage of this aspect of life and try something new. If something in your home is in need of repair, look up how to fix it. If something breaks on your car, do not run straight to the mechanic. Watch a YouTube video and at least try to fix it yourself.
Whatever the problem is, it is already broken. You are not going to do much more damage!
And what’s the harm of learning a thing or two on how to prevent it from breaking next time?
This is second nature to me, frugal at heart I instantly want to work out how to fix things for little to no cost. I think this mentality came from a younger age when I was building and repairing computers with my dad. Plus, I love to share knowledge, so when I hear someone is struggling with something I love to provide what I learned from my experience.
- HowToBasic YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/HowToBasic/videos
- Most Popular How To Guides of 2016 – http://lifehacker.com/most-popular-how-to-guides-of-2016-1789688648
- How to guides on all topics (Even has an app!) – https://snapguide.com/
If you’re looking for some inspiration on new challenges, you should give these Ted talks a watch:
- Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days – https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days
- Danny Dover: The Most Important Question – https://www.lifelisted.com/blog/my-ted-talk-the-most-important-question/
- Scott Jones: What’s on your f*ck it list? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o5jAaZn2p0
- Tim Ferriss: Why you should define your fears instead of your goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J6jAC6XxAI
This is an old-fashioned notion, but reading is a way to continually exercise your mind. Take the time to read the newspaper or even if you do not have a newspaper delivered to your home, read current events online. It allows you to keep connected with the world and get real information that can help you strike up conversations with others in everyday life.
There are plenty of great websites to subscribe to or read on a daily basis, some of the ones I have stored in my Feedly account include;
Don’t forget books, I’m a sucker for buying a book, but sitting down and reading them is the challenge. Recently I have found the love for Quick Reads, these have helped me get into the practice of reading books. You can find Quick Reads on Amazon; I personally recommend “Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons In Life” by Sir Richard Branson.
Learning does not always have to be about facts and figures. It is a common thing for parents to feel disconnected from their children. The main reason for this is that parents seem to be too busy to take time with their children. When time is taken with the family, many members are focused on technology rather than actual quality time. Take the time out of your day to take the kids to the park or just outside for some fun. Taking even 15 or 20 minutes of quality time with your children will show them that you care about how they feel, and they will open-up to your more freely than ever before. You will learn more about your children and how to connect with them, and they will learn how to talk and confide in you about the important aspects of their daily lives.
With my daughter, I love doing several different activities, down to drawing pictures at the table when we get in, we engage in conversations about the day. Another favourite is to get in the garden; a few times we have planted seeds, watered the garden and picked blackberries. Again, some real practical lessons of teaching her about different things.
Most importantly having fun, on many occasions during the week we adventure to the park. Here we do all sorts, whether it’s role play games, chase/tig or even playing with other kids. All in all, the objective is to have fun!
Our brains need to be exercised regularly. Brain strengthening activities are sometimes misused. They are used to jumpstart the mind when a particular task is difficult, but without proper preparation, the effects do not really take hold.
Brain games can be found online or in books at the local book store. Regularly utilising these tools will maintain your mind and strengthen your ability to think far beyond what is right in front of you.
We live in a world where people believe that they have to be entertained at all times. There is little time to actually slow down and maintain quiet.
Finding quiet time daily is very important to open your mind to new possibilities. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to simply get out of bed early. That may sound like something that would be dreadful to consider, but the hustle and bustle of daily life is largely what keeps people from soaking in the knowledge they need. We stay in bed for as long as possible during the morning and rush to get to work, school, and social obligations on time.
The morning should not be rushed. Just like it takes your mind time to process the day and fall asleep, it takes some time to process what is to be done for the coming day and properly wake up. Set your alarm a little earlier during the morning and watch how more attentive to daily life you actually are. You will find that the small amount of time that you allot yourself to adjust in the morning opens-up a wealth of quiet time you never knew you had.
Recently we have integrated flexible and remote working at Datify; this is due to people working better in the morning and some better in the afternoon. For me, I’m a lover of the mornings, getting in and getting on. Arriving at the office at 7am means I get 2 hours of solid productivity time with 0 distractions, and personally get most of my task list completed.
Learning is always a process no matter what you are being taught. If you want to improve your life you need to implement some of these activities.
Make every day a school day and learn the practical things and even the non-practical things you have been missing out in life.
All these ideas do not have to be implemented at once. It is the small changes that make the largest impact on life. For the next 30 days, I challenge you to get up early and implement some of these ideas. Mark your progress down each day and write down what you learned for that particular day. You will be surprised at the end of the 30 days all you have learned and how it has improved your life, and possibly the lives of your family members. Learning is for everyone and every day is a school day.