Did you know that according to the latest surveys the average person watches 6 hours of tv a day? And 30% of our time is spent on social media interaction?
The last couple of months I’ve been keeping watch of my social media habits. And I’m not liking what I was noticing. Every time there’s a short pocket of time free, I grabbed my phone to check on my screen’s notification.
The moment I wake up, I looked at my phone and mindlessly scrolls Pinterest, Instagram, check my e-mails and read the news. That can sometimes go on for an hour. Same thing happens before bedtime.
And I hate this pattern because that’s two hours of time wasted.
And I know that I am not alone on this. Some people used tv and social media as a hobby of sorts. But if you want to improve yourself, both don’t make you move faster towards your goal, do they?
So what am I saying? I want you (and me) to choose activities that will offer lifelong learning. Because the secret to earning more is to learn more.
Many people resist the idea of continuous learning because they think it means going back to university or reading things that will make them so bored they’d choose sleep over it. No, no…
Learning can be fun. You just have to choose what it is that interests you. And why am I advocating for lifelong learning? Because information is power, and those who have a wealth of information have a great advantage over those who don’t.
Just ask every person expert on their field. And I tell you that these people never stop learning no matter what. They know to invest their time on being productive and improving their knowledge.
Imagine learning a skill and being able to monetize it! Imagine having a hobby that you can earn a side income from!
If you can just give up even one hour of mindless activity, you will have immediately gain an extra 365 hours per year to accomplish whatever is most important to you.
So what are some excellent ways to acquire knowledge and get ahead of the game?
Here are some ideas 💡
They said leaders are readers. Choose topics that you want to learn about. I love quoting Warren Buffet on this, “it adds up like compound interest” – it doesn’t only expand your vocabulary, reading breeds new idea & makes you a wide thinker.
2. Choose a hobby that lets you learn a new skill.
Sketching/drawing, journalling, embroidery, knitting, crochet, learning a new language – there so many choices. Wouldn’t you be proud to have one skill that most of your peers don’t have?
3. Go for a walk.
Not only are you nourishing your body and improving your health, you are also giving yourself time to be introspective – a time to analyse your day, gain new ideas and listen to podcasts that will add to your treasure trove of knowledge.
Don’t be limited to these ideas. Be open to any form of learning. Just remember that when you are continually increasing your knowledge, you are substantially increasing your potential to succeed. And the end result? It give you more room to earn more.