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Making Time for Lifelong Learning

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If there is one thing everyone needs to accomplish anything of significance, it would be this: Time. And when it comes to learning, you need to invest some time to achieve a certain level of knowledge, skill, or mastery in whatever it is that you set out to do. Being less productive may not be a measure of your ability to get things done. But it may reflect your choices and priorities. Lifelong learners share certain traits that set them apart from everyone else. One of the things they are really good at making good use of their time to keep learning. Making simple adjustments to daily routines can make a difference in freeing up some time that may be used to pick up a new skill or learn new things.

Keep things organized. Lack of organization and cluttered spaces can make you less productive. You could waste time looking for things you need because of the clutter buildup you have to sift through. You can be more efficient and productive when you get organized.

Identify and manage time vampires. Take time to pay more attention on how you use your time every day. Take note of time vampires and how you may be inadvertently feeding them. Eliminate anything that may waste your time, if you can, or find ways to manage them. Make a realistic inventory of the things that you do and how much time you are spending on them. Think of all the distractions that tend to steal away your time and work out solutions on how you can avoid or limit them.

Don’t delay. Deal with things now instead of procrastinating. The more you delay doing the unpleasant or difficult tasks, the more time you waste that would have otherwise brought you closer to completing the things you need to accomplish. Procrastinating can stress you out. It could lead to needless pressures, especially when you have to work overtime to meet looming deadlines. Make a to-do list to plan your day ahead. Do the most important or tougher tasks first or when your energy is at its peak.

Use breaks. Make sure to use breaks to step away from whatever it is you are working on. Breaks may seem like a waste of time when there is a lot of unfinished work to be done. But taking breaks is important in staying productive. A short break after a burst of focused work can reenergize you. It also eases the dullness or fatigue that can start building up after you spend time concentrating on a particular task.