In theory, we all study what we need to know but, in many instances, efforts are far from what we could describe as focused learning.
So often, our attention is captured by interesting yet ‘off topic’ items. Five minutes of pleasant distraction can quickly turn into an hour lost. Focused learning, on the contrary, comes into being when we are able to block ourselves from external factors and drill deep into the material we have before us.
Positive results from focused learning cannot be guaranteed even at such times. That said, we are at least putting ourselves in an ideal position to maximize the chances of them arriving. Of course, learning can occur at any moment, even in those times we aren’t actually engaged in structured studying.
Being open to capturing input at any moment is as much a way of living as a development strategy. And tapping into this approach complements focused learning. Other considerations on the issue of focused learning are surely valid, however, for now, I’ll stop here.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.
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