I love learning. Every single day, I am on a cutthroat hunt for new opportunities to learn. I read a ton of articles; I consciously seek out stimulating conversations and I religiously feed my podcast addiction. I’m always taking a Coursera class, and I’m always reading a book.
I’ve done really well with consuming knowledge, but I’m doing poorly with actually absorbing it and making it stick.
With this new series of #weeklylearning posts, I’m going back to the very reason why I started this blog- to hold myself accountable to my goals. I want to ensure that I can retain and recall the knowledge I acquire. I also want to record some of the intellectual conversations I am having with (myself) people.
This time around, I’m going to use a very convenient (lazy?) method to capture my learning. I created a Trello board ‘My learning’ with three broad categories of information:
1. media facts: what I learn from newspapers, magazines and podcasts
2. culture facts: what I learn from people in my life; and
3. random: personal dilemmas, debates and staggering realizations
Every week, I’ll record most of my learning in very brief notes on the board. The idea is just to be able to recall the information (this should only take a few seconds per fact). At the end of the week, I will review the list to solidify the information in my brain, take a screenshot and post three coolest facts to the blog.
Here’s my learning for 2/1/16 – 2/8/16
Coolest Facts for 2/1-2/8/2016
- Media: World’s richest 62 people own as much wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorer half of the global population (Times magazine)
- Culture: My soul sister, 21 year old woman Zenith Irfan, redefines stereotypes by taking a motorcycle trip around Pakistan (PRI podcast episode I learned about from my friend Michelle– http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-02-04/young-pakistani-woman-hopes-her-soul-searching-motorcycle-trip-will-inspire)
- Staggering realizations: Some women in this country will work for free until April 8th this year, because they only get paid 77 cents to man’s $1.