And it’s very simple. My goal is to read/learn/practice just 30 minutes a day.
I tried for almost 2 years to do some learning every evening and on weekends using online courses. I rarely finished one and would end up dropping out. I was too tired by the time the kids were in bed and sometimes work would follow me home.
Then I read somewhere – and I wish I could remember who it was or even the exact quote – but it was something about getting up early and spending that first precious hour on something for you. Why spend the best time of your day – usually the first part – working for someone else?
That really struck a chord with me. I started setting my alarm a little earlier every week. I now get up at 6 so I have time to study before the rest of the house wakes up. It has been fantastic.
I’ve also started focusing on learning I can do at my own pace. I buy courses on Udemy and elsewhere that I can do anytime. I call it my guilty shopping habit. I don’t buy a lot of clothes, shoes or purses. I buy education. Courses and books. And a day that I don’t learn feels wasted.
My constant learning hasn’t financially paid off yet. I’m still in the same job. But the more I learn the more I can almost feel the opportunities and possibilities open up around me.
And the best part? I’ve chosen a field, web development, where there’s no end to the learning. Which is fantastic because I can’t imagine starting my day any other way than by learning something.