Instead of coming up with all sorts of intense resolutions that will totally change everything (until you stop doing them in a week or so) what if you did something different this year? What if you vowed to make 2019 the year that you learn stuff?
Now, before you roll your eyes and say, “That’s so lame. I learn stuff all the time” – answer this. Do you really? Or do you read an article or two on the internet, maybe watch a video on YouTube, and feel like your work is complete?
There are some steps you need to take to learn something well.
#1) Choose your topic.
Every winter, I choose something I want to learn while the weather is cold and I’m cooped up inside. Over the years, my winter projects have run the gamut. I’ve learned to make really good pizza dough without looking at a recipe, to raise microgreens in my kitchen, to braid a rag rug, to cross-stitch, and to pressure can. And all of those skills have been practiced over the years since then to the point that they don’t even feel like “skills” anymore. They’re just things I do.
The key is to pick ONE THING. You need to choose one topic and focus on it for a period of time until you’ve really learned it thoroughly. Don’t just read a couple of articles and say “I know how to do this.”
The age of the internet is a wonderful thing in many ways. You can learn practically anything if you know the right keywords to search.
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