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Never too busy to learn. Or to become an amateur plumber.

By Patty Matthews, Corporate Trainer

Fun fact about me: I have become an amateur plumber. Recently, I learned how to adjust the hot water on my shower by removing the handle and adjusting the threads. I told myself to learn it, and I did. Thank you, YouTube.

You may be thinking you’re too busy to learn how to be an amateur plumber like me, or it would take too much time to figure out how to change the oil in your car or learn how to [insert your own issue here]. In my daily life, I try never to say the word “busy” aloud. I don’t like using the term as an excuse. Because we make time for what we want to make time for. And we should always make time for learning new things.

Do you make it a point to take the time to learn something new on a regular basis? Speaking of learning, check out these stats I recently learned:

  • It's been estimated that nearly 25% of all employees leave their job because there simply aren't enough training or learning opportunities. (e-Learning Industry)
  • 7 out of 10 people say that training and development opportunities influence their decision to stay with a company. (Shift Disruptive Learning)
  • 81% of learners are responsible for managing their own personal development. (Aurion Learning)

The point is to get in front of your learning. Take the time within your week or month or quarter to proactively pursue your professional and personal development. Try these tips:

Professionally Personally
  • Did you know you have a Personal Learning Network or PLN? A PLN is a range of people we learn from. Recognize your PLN and take advantage of their brain power, experience, talents, etc.
  • Make the time to select and assign valuable courses you want your own employees to take. Don’t wait for your HR department to assign courses.
  • Talk to your manager and let them know which trainings/courses/conferences you are interested in taking/attending.
  • No training budget? Check out these free resources:
  • Bookmark online articles to read later (and then make sure you carve out time to actually read them).
  • Establish a morning reading habit: Take one weekday morning and for just 15 minutes, read something that motivates you. Once you are feeling good about your morning reading habit, add an industry article.
  • Multitask when you can. Waiting in line? Waiting at the doctor’s office? Waiting for a meeting to start? Open up your phone and read one of those bookmarked articles.
  • Just do it. When taking an online course, view how long it is. If it’s short (like less than 15 minutes), just get it done, and stop putting it off.
  • Search TUMBLR for blogs of interest to you.

And speaking of taking the time to learn, don’t miss out on our on-demand BSA/AML and OFAC training webinar. The deadline to register is September 15.