People like Tim Ferriss, Malcolm Gladwell, David Allen, and others have thoughts on how to learn something new, how to fit learning into your day, or how to make time for the things you need to be focusing on. It all, though, boils down to putting in the time.
We each have 1440 minutes in each day. Generally, we spend 480 minutes sleeping and 420 (or more) minutes working (that could be working a job or going to school). That leaves 540 minutes for the other things we need to do, including meals, commuting, taking care of your family and home, etc. In those 540 minutes, can you dedicate 20 minutes to increasing your library intelligence?
20 minutes a day may not seem like much, but if you spend 20 minutes per day on a learning activity, and do that five days per week, every week, that is 5200 minutes per year (86.66 hours).
One key is dedicating time on your calendar. Yes, put that 20 minute block of time on your calendar and keep that meeting with yourself! This meeting with yourself could be done anywhere (home, car, work, parking lot, park). Some days, you might use that time to actually meet with someone or to attend a training session. This suggests, by the way, that the 20 minutes might not occur always at the same time each day and that is okay. What is important is that you do it! Will you do this for the a year or for the rest of your life? That is up to you and what your goals are.
I have had long periods in my life where I needed to dedicate a specific length of time each day in order to accomplish "X". In one nine-month period it was indeed a learning activity and I did it every day, seven days a week. Keeping that time was difficult when I was traveling (like at a conference), but I still tried my best to do it, because I of its importance.
If this idea resonates with you, go to your calendar and begin to schedule that time with yourself. You might use the first few 20 minute periods to organize your learning and networking activities, then use future periods to do those activities.
Resources and Inspiration:
- How to Get Things Done When You're Not Inspired - Cory Doctorow on London Real (Hint: Put in the work)
- Getting Things Done (podcasts)
- Getting Things Done (book) by David Allen
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: An Area You Need To Focus On
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Words Matter
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Reading, Listening, and Watching
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Expanding and Tapping into the LIS Network
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Get Digital
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