There is so much that I want to learn, and so much that I feel compelled to learn if I want to achieve my goals and my dreams. But often, I don’t feel like I have the time to learn everything I want or need to learn. But I do have a little trick that can help you decide the best method for learning what you don’t know.
With so much information available, from Wikipedia to Google to podcasts and books, it is almost impossible to learn it all. So how do you decide what information to absorb? How do you decide what to learn next?
You have to decide if you want to get your feet wet, or jump in. Do you need to know the ins and outs of a topic, or just have a basic understanding? Knowing what level of knowledge you need can help you allocate your time more effectively.
My Favorite Tip for Learning what You Don’t Know
Learn What You Don’t Know By Diving Deep
If you are currently facing a situation where certain knowledge would benefit you, that is the best time to learn as much as you can. For example, I’m currently revising my WIP. I have a lot of plot holes and issues with character development. So I am learning as much as I can about the craft of writing, especially plot and character development. The more I learn, the more confident I feel tackling my own story’s problems.
If you have a goal you are working towards, it is important to know what steps you need to take to achieve that goal. To write a novel, you need to have an idea, write the story, and revise the story before you can publish it. So it doesn’t make sense to spend hours learning about publishing if you haven’t written your story and aren’t even sure it’s a good enough idea to sustain a full-fledged story.
However, all those aspects of writing are important to know about. If you have any desire to be published, information about publishing should still be on your radar.
Learn What You Don’t Know By Dabbling
If you know you will need to learn about something in the near future, it isn’t a bad idea to start learning a little bit. Having a basic understanding will help you focus on the best way to learn more when you are ready to dive deep. I am interested in publishing a novel in the near future. And I’m not entirely sure I will self-publish or try to get published traditionally. So I’m learning a bit about each, in hopes that when I am ready to publish I will know if I want to pursue self-publishing or traditional publishing.
If there is information you want to learn, but it doesn’t require you immediate attention, you can still start learning about it. Just don’t focus too much of your time or energy just yet.
Where will you dive deep, and where will you dabble?
Need some inspiration or motivation to keep learning? I can help.