an age where the markets influence our moods, mercies, and marriages,
we thought it time to break from the business of learning, per
se, to focus on its place in what matters most. Each of us works
hard to create time each day, amongst our agendas and emergencies,
to learn. We can do so because we’ve both accepted it as a necessity
while also making it somewhat of a hobby. Here are the reigning
truths that help us through.
Out with Balance, in with Choice.
The term balance is a legacy from the years we worked to “have
it all,” implying we must juggle everything so it fits on some
tightrope-walking life. Get over it; no one can do it ALL, whether
living, working, or learning. Learn your limits.
Realize we will have to make choices and accept that sometimes
they won’t always be right.
A Big Choice Is Integration.
The happier people are finding ways to integrate work and learning,
learning and life in mutually reinforcing ways. Learn
how to integrate. For each of us, that has meant simplifying
the simplifiable, and focusing on what matters most. We get
to choose what and when to focus.
Don’t Have It All; Be It
All. The New Economy requires each of us learn
to bring all of our self to work: rested, well-fed,
confident, healthy, and well-educated. It’s the only way to
produce extraordinary, sustainable results under heavy deadlines.
Gnothi Seauton (Know Thyself). Work/life
learning is as much about self-knowledge as job-knowledge. You’ll
never apply your skills and experience without taking time to
learn self-awareness of your values, priorities,
Be Your Own Learning Hub. In the learner-centric
revolution, you stand at the center of tools, experiences, resources,
and relationships. Learn from every encounter.
Move beyond dichotomies and “either/or” thinking to embrace
the ecology all around you. Raising a family, nourishing warm
relationships with a spouse, and getting along with parents
as they age is an education like none other. Don’t neglect these
learnings while focused on work.
Small Steps to Start the
Long Journey. If learning is everywhere, and all the
time, mark success in measurable spoonfuls. Focus and master
a new email technique; learn yoga for your airplane trips; take
one lesson from history and apply it to your job. Find
victories in small moments and all along your path.
Teach Once, Learn Twice.
Look for opportunities at home, work, and in between to teach
someone something new. Do so and you’ll know what you’re
learning twice as much as before.
Socialize Learning, Learning
Socializes. On and off the job, use relationships, conversations,
and people experiences to reinforce what you know and what you
need to learn. Use your social networks to reflect
on your life—all aspects of your life.
Manage Technology as Both
an Asset and a Cost. Technology shifts time, but also
steals it. Use technology to enrich your commuting
time, late night research capabilities, or job-related skill
building. But have no illusions about your disengagement from
other human activities—what you’re NOT doing when you plug yourself
in. Be self aware of the social capital you spend when you retreat
to the computer or other mechanical device.
More. Complain less. Find more reasons to laugh. Vita
Marcia Conner, editor in chief of LiNE Zine and
CEO of Learnativity.com, currently
chooses to spend less time on airplanes, more time with family,
and fewer hours in front of a computer than ever before. Tell
her about your choices at email@example.com.
Manville, publisher of LiNE Zine and CLO of Saba, wrote most
of this at his kitchen table. Shame on him. Comments and scolding
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