I always thought to improve my life and improve my mind sounded like a lot of work, and not at all fun! Then I started following this theme, and I got more and more enthusiastic. It can be a lot of fun!
By nature, I love to learn. Understand, this was not a trait when it came to school books and homework! This is a much more recent trait. But I love to face a challenge and master it.
At the launch of my first book, my younger son gave a brief talk. In it, he made the observation that his mum loved to learn new crafts, and for the next year or two it was easy to decide what to give me for birthday and Christmas gifts. But once I mastered the craft, I moved on to something new, and the family had to struggle to catch up.
The audience loved it, and I was intrigued. Was that really true? The more I thought of it, the more I realized he was right. What’s really cool for me now is that I’ve discovered it ties in with my desire to improve my health and mind. However, it’s not a case of working on it until you’ve mastered the task. According to research, we should learn something new every day.
Keep your mind engaged on new things!
This means not just repeating the same thing, because once your brain has figured out how to do it, all it does is get better at it!
So look for new things.
Of course, if you’re an author, blogger, marketing guru, or anything else that uses computer techniques, it’s almost a given that you’re learning new things regularly! Computers seem to do that. As soon as you learn how to do a task, Windows updates and changes the layout, Amazon brings in a new rule, Facebook changes its setup, or of course your hard drive crashes!
Playing the same video game over and over does no good! If you need to play games on your computer (or Play Station or Nintendo etc) you need to constantly change your games and learn new techniques and rules.
Try a new hobby or craft with variety
Because I’m a writer, I decided to learn to make my own covers. That involved learning Photoshop. Then I had to learn how to format for Kindle. And now I’m working on my first South African publication. Each day involves something new.
An A to Z challenge like this one is also good. Every day I’m learning something new . . . and hopefully so are you!