The ability to learn effectively is a necessity whether in the office or out on a job site. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to effective learning, there are habits you can incorporate into your daily life that will increase your ability to learn and absorb information and therefore increase productivity. Kick start your day with our Constructive Tips for Learning More Effectively.
Getting organized sounds simple enough, but as most professionals know, it’s hard to stay organized when you’re working nonstop in addition to constantly fielding emails, calls, and business inquiries. Carry your planner, tablet, or Smartphone with you at all times so you can make last minute updates to your calendar and to-do list. Being able to jot down notes, events, and phone numbers throughout the day will allow you to clear your mind and focus on the task at hand.
We have all been in a situation when we didn’t understand or comprehend something but weren’t comfortable enough to speak up. Remember that if you are confused, others probably are, too! Don’t be afraid to ask questions and request clarification when needed. It will help you learn and become more knowledgeable and independent on the next project.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Perfection is a farce and if you’re a human (which we assume you are if you’re reading this!) then you are going to make mistakes. Own up to your mistakes and don’t pass blame. Use your errors as an opportunity to learn, improve, and reduce miscalculations and oversights. You won’t be remembered for your mistakes, but instead, how you worked to fix and reduce them.
Learning how to avoid distractions will help increase productivity. Of course, this is easier said than done when the phone is ringing, emails are flooding in, and customers are needing your assistance. If you’re feeling stuck on a particular project or task that needs your full concentration, consider coming into the office a little early or staying late one day and utilize that quiet time to fully focus on your task and whittle it down to size.
It’s no surprise that a good night’s sleep is essential for productivity and the ability to absorb information. Most adults require a minimum of 7 to 9 hours of sleep in order to function properly. While everyone is different and can perform on varying levels of sleep, staying well rested should be a priority if you want to excel on complex mental tasks. After waking from your night of restful sleep, take advantage of this most productive time of day with the MBS tips for 10 Things Successful Contractors Do Before Breakfast.
Developing skills that will help you to learn more effectively will not only be of benefit at work, it will aid you in all aspects of life!