Today’s world is a busy one. I rarely hear people say they have time to spare.
This can be a problem, especially if you want to keep learning and improving as a professional; How often have you told yourself; “I’ll get to it later, when I’m less busy”? And how many times do you actually get to it eventually?
That free moment never seems to arrive; more urgent things always seem to pop up and demand our attention.
What’s painful is that learning new things will often help solve problems and save you time in the end. For example, for a previous blog we interviewed farm worker Albert Jansen, who took our course in Stress-free Stockmanship. It helped him become more efficient in getting his cows into the milking parlor, saving him time on a daily basis. (Curious about the whole story? Read it here.)
So what can you do to find the time? How do you stay on top of things? We have a few tips for you:
- Set a goal
- Make a plan
- Take small steps
- Establish a routine
1. Set a goal
Think about what you want to improve. What keeps bothering you in you day-to-day work? What is causing you stress or costing you money? What problems would you like to solve?
Write down what you want to gain.
2. Make a plan
Of course, writing down goals alone hardly ever works. Think about most people’s New Year’s Resolutions: hardly anyone succeeds in quitting smoking or getting in shape.
You also need to plan the neccessary steps to reach your goal. What is the first step? And the next?
3. Take small steps
When you have a plan, start taking small steps and moving toward your goals. You don’t need to spend entire days on it; there are many ways to learn, especially in today’s digital world. For example:
- Reading interesting articles online
- Talking to fellow professionals on social media
- Joining an online course, taking lessons in your own time
4. Establish a routine
Starting a new routine can be challenging at first. But once you’ve established a routine, you experience the ‘force of habit’; you do it automatically. Create a good habit by repeating the steps you want to take regularly.
How CowSignals e-learning can help
E-learning can be a great way to achieve your goals;
- You can take courses in your own time, without having to travel to some distant location. Just stay home and study whenever you want.
- Taking small steps; you can study 5-10 minutes a day, if that is all you have time for.
- You can work through the material at your own pace. No one will rush you or slow you down.
And what is your personal experience? Do you have any other tips? We would love to hear them. Leave a comment to share it with our readers!
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