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Human beings have a natural thirst for knowledge and whether this thirst is fueled by some wild curiosity or the genuine desire to stay informed, the fact remains we all have a spirit of adventure within us. In the quest for more knowledge and skills, some of us grasp faster while others are not so good at keeping the pace. This rate at which we grasp information and learn new skills or gain new experience is what is referred to as a learning curve. In this article, we shall explore some of the ways on how to increase your learning curve so that you can make the most of your time and be more productive.
Analyze Your Work Criteria
Understanding the way you work is the first step in improving your learning curve. This understanding comes from careful consideration of the amount of time you take using the resources you pool in to give out a particular output. In a nut shell, what you need to discover is your strengths and weaknesses.
Just like a computer, human productivity is measured in terms of input and output. If you take four hours to fully discharge a particular function, it would be unrealistic if you assigned yourself multiple such functions under the same time duration as this would mean your productivity is greatly impaired. Therefore, any changes in your work criteria should take into account all the dynamics in order to ensure your learning curve increases normally.
Take Time to Learn
To learn is a continuous process and regardless of how educated one may be, there is always something one is yet to discover. Therefore, try to keep an open mind and ask the right questions so that you fully understand a concept.
Do not for a moment think of yourself as an accomplished individual with nothing more to add because as we learn new things, some of the things we had previously learned are rendered useless, thus creating more room in our minds for more information.
Break the Monotony
Monotonous tasks create a comfort zone from in we may later find ourselves trapped. These comfort zones stifle our progress as they create an illusion that things are perfect when they actually aren’t.
Therefore, a good way to ensure your learning curve improves is to break away from your monotonous routines. If you work in, say a hotel’s front desk and it is the low season with few or no guests, you may find yourself updating same records every day, thus adding no value to yourself or the organization. However, you would be better off trying other tasks such as preparing lunch or breakfast for staff members. This way, you will not only receive the satisfaction of breaking the monotony but may also acquire a new set of skills.
Learn One New Thing Everyday
We can never grasp everything in an instance but with sustained efforts, we may eventually be masters of all trades. The trick, therefore, is to ensure that you learn a new thing every day.
The good thing with this is you do not need to restrict yourself to a certain course of study as long as you can stand and claim at the end of the day that you know something you were ignorant about when the day began. Additionally, you need not be tied to boring tasks; you can choose an area of your interest. If you are interested in the culinary arts, you will find satisfaction in knowing that you learned to bake a pancake on Monday, learned to make on omelet on Tuesday etc.
Take Regulated Breaks
The learning process is often an exciting one but if not handled carefully, you may find yourself overburdened and weighed down by tasks. This will leave you greatly demotivated, which is why you need to ensure you take regulated breaks.
These breaks will not only refresh your mind but will rejuvenate you so that once you resume your assignments, you will do so with renewed vigor. It is important to note that the breaks do not necessarily mean a period of lull in your learning process, they may as well be a period within which you pursue other tasks, especially tasks you are passionate about. Giving to charity is one of the most reassuring ways of expending your breaks.
When you are learning something new, you may be tempted to trust your memory. There is no denying the fact that some of us are endowed with the most retentive memories but it is also a fact that memories have a way of letting us down when we really need them.
We have all experienced that moment when you know you have met someone but you simply cannot place them. However, unlike our fallible and unreliable memories, what is put in ink is never deleted and this is precisely why your learning curve could increase if you do not commit everything to memory and instead note it down. This makes it easier when you need to cross check your facts in the future.
One of the surest indicators for growth in your learning is listening to feedback – both positive and negative. Feedback is a great way of assessing your performance and whether it motivates or demoralizes you, all you need to do is take it positively.
The goal here is not to let the positive feedback deceive you into thinking you have arrived, neither is it to make the negative feedback hold you back with the assumption that you are not good enough. You should learn to properly harness every feedback and improve where necessary. Also, never forget that however perfect you try to achieve anything, you will always have those who think you should have done it differently.
There is a common saying that goes, “knowledge shared is knowledge doubled’’. When we teach other people what we have learned ourselves, we open up more avenues to learn even more.
This is because teaching others enables us to assess our abilities, thus invoking self confidence as we get to put our skills to test. Additionally, teaching others also makes it possible for those with whom we share information to share something back and this creates a ripple effect which eventually adds to our knowledge base, thus helping us increase our learning curve.