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No More Excuses: Take Charge of Your Learning Journey

By
Rajen Garabadu

I know what you’re thinking:

Finding time to learn something new at work feels like chasing a rainbow. You’ve got a never-ending to-do list, and it seems like every spare moment is devoured by the daily grind. By the time you’re done, you’re running on fumes, and the thought of adding more to your plate feels overwhelming.

Sounds Familiar?

But here’s the deal: waiting for that elusive free moment to magically appear won’t get you anywhere. It’s time to take control of your learning journey. And guess what? It’s not as daunting as it seems.

Sacrifices That Pay Off

If you can’t sneak in a few extra hours before or after work, how about this: be at work on your day off and dedicate that precious time to learning something new.

Yep, you heard it right. Sacrificing your relaxation time or a day with your loved ones might seem harsh, but the payoff is worth it. After all, you call the shots.

I’ve been there, done that, and so have many others. Trust me; it’s a game-changer.

Now, let’s flip the script.

It’s not just on you; your organisation can play a significant role too. Most workplaces are so swamped with daily tasks that learning and personal development often take a backseat. But here’s a thought for employers that could boost morale and foster a culture of learning.

Changing The Workplace Culture

What if, every once in a while, you gave each employee a week to focus solely on learning and honing a skill of their choice?

Call it ‘Free Bird’ or something equally catchy. During that week, they’re excused from their regular duties.

Why a week and not longer, you ask?

Let’s keep it real — it must be doable for everyone. A week is enough to dip your toes to see if a skill truly piques your interest and is worth pursuing.

You won’t become an expert in a week, but that’s not the point. It’s about sparking that desire, that hunger to continue learning, even after your dedicated week is over.

Trust me, when you’re invested, you’ll find the time to sharpen those newfound skills, whether squeezing it in alongside your daily tasks or showing up on your day off.

Make Time For Growth

So, here’s the takeaway:

The time for your personal growth and learning is now. Whether you carve out those precious hours on your own or advocate for a ‘Free Bird’ week at your workplace, the key to unlocking your potential is within your grasp.

Don’t let the busyness of your routine be an excuse for stagnation. Stop waiting for the time to learn new things to fall into your lap.

So, find the time, seize the moment, and take action. Whether learning a new skill or encouraging your workplace to support your growth, remember that pursuing knowledge is a path to a brighter, more fulfilling future.

Your dreams are waiting — now, it’s up to you to make them a reality.

Rajen Garabadu

Chief Executive Producer, News18 Network. He blogs @ rajenreflects.com

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