What's on your learning bucket list?

Learning something new can give you a sense of purpose and grow your confidence in your own abilities.

Most people are open to the idea of learning but often the challenge is where to start.

In the video 'How to keep learning new things everyday' behavioural investigator Vanessa Van Edwards shows people how to begin their journey.

“Many people think about creating a bucket list of all the things they want to do in a lifetime but....what about all the things you want to learn in a lifetime?”

A bucket list is good way to focus your time and energy on the things that are important to you.

Make a list

Start by thinking about all the things you want to learn over the next 5, 10 or 20 years.

This can include skills, abilities or even idea's. Your list does not have to be limited to academic knowledge. It can contain something as simple as learning how to cook a certain dish.

Get a learning partner

The next step is to get a “learning partner”.

This can be a child, a spouse or a friend. Find somebody who shares a similar interest and invite them on your learning journey.

“If you learn with someone else it is much easier to get it done because you have a partner to talk about things.”

Having a partner will also keep you accountable to your list.

Start with the things that excite you

“Prioritize your list by excitement and timing.”

Your list will probably have at least 5 to 10 items. Look at which items excite you and which ones have time constraints.

Perhaps there is a skill that you need to learn immediately for an upcoming project. Allow these principles to guide your choices.

You can review and update your list as you begin to learn.

Why learn something new?

Edwards explains that the brain, like any other muscle, must be exercised in order to grow. She says that learning a new skill can be challenging at first but the learning process does get easier over time.

“Usually the first few tries are the hard part but after you go for a while it gets easier, just like lifting in a gym.”

For this reason it is important to continually exercise your brain and a learning bucket list is a great way to start.

By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing