Life is hectic. Between work obligations and kids, extracurricular activities and hobbies, many people view their already overflowing schedules as a hindrance to learning anything more than what is absolutely necessary to get through everyday life. But here’s the thing, to simply develop enough skill to satisfy your job description or be informed just enough to get by is a solid pathway to mediocrity. If you’re okay with mediocrity, you can probably stop reading right about now. If you desire more than mediocrity, you’ll want to continue reading to see the simple, effective, and realistic ways you can implement daily learning opportunities that do not have to be an inconvenience.

Learning On The Go

Learning on the go has never been easier! For those who are auditory learners, audio books are the perfect way to incorporate knowledge with a simple press of the button. Driving to work, getting ready for the day, navigating the dusty oil patch roads, simply play an audio book that suits your interest.

If audio books don’t pique your interest, there are hundreds of interesting, informative podcasts available through most mobile services. You can find everything from technology to education, religion to humor in podcast form, making it simple to listen and learn as you drive or walk the dog.

Still other options for on-the-go learning include listening to a political debate on talk radio, or you can try listening to music in another language.

Hands-On Learning

Making time for hands-on learning doesn’t have to be a chore; in fact, in many cases it’s actually fun. Places like the Artesia Public Library and the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center offer classes and courses in such topics as fine arts and culinary arts, dancing, acting, and even fitness. Most of these learning opportunities take place during convenient hours for working individuals and are low-cost, if not free.

If you’re the type that likes to give back, volunteering with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, or Grammy’s House are great ways to learn new skills while making a difference in your community.

Idle time spent waiting in doctor’s offices and in school pick-up lines, or 15 minutes before you hit the sack each night, creates the perfect opportunity to read a book. What better way to learn something new than with a book! In less than two weeks you can knock out an entire book by simply reading for 15 to 20 minutes a day.

Lastly, you can seek out a mentor and/or surround yourself with like-minded individuals and try to always take something valuable away from your daily interactions. Look for individuals that are professionals in their field and have valuable information and insight to share. If you have questions, ask them! Questions that are not asked become missed opportunities to learn.

It’s no surprise that Americans are spending and estimated 23 hours a week texting and using social media. Imagine instead spending that time each week on personal enrichment or on honing your skills. With a few simple changes you could be a walking fountain of knowledge, which is sure to enhance your personal life, as well as professional.