INTENTIONAL LEARNING
  • Investigating answers and building awareness without external prompting
     
  • Pushing forward to gain knowledge, understanding and experience
     
  • Enhancing our skills and expertise on purpose

COMMENTARY
What? I get to write an article about Intentional Learning?  What does that even mean, and why me?

Intentional Learning: Learning on-purpose that directly impacts our work, our mission, and our customers.  Guess that seems simple enough? 
 
Now the hard part, how do you do that?
 
Learning on purpose can be easy if you want to learn about something you are really interested in, but what about things that are not so interesting?  Everyone knows that curling up with a well written tech manual is an excellent way to fall asleep.  Not exactly the most exciting thing you’ve ever read.
 
Like all things you do intentionally, to be successful, you need a plan (I know, weird…).
 
Let’s boil that down to three easy steps:
  1. Set goals
  2. Make a schedule
  3. Be accountable
Set Goals
Setting goals is the first step.  You need to have an idea of what you want to learn about, how long you want to set about the endeavor you are about to embark on.  You may not need to be the Internet’s leading authority on knitting sweaters for cats, but instead just want to know how to knit.  Set a goal to learn, otherwise you just have intentions, which unfortunately, the intention to learn to knit, is not the same thing, as intentionally setting specific goals to learn to knit.
 
Make a Schedule
The next step is to set a schedule.  This is important, because if you are learning about something you are not necessarily crazy-interested in, then you will never just happen to have the time to sit down and learn unless you actually make time to do that.  Also, if you just want to wait until some random moment to occur before you start, then that is not very intentional.  In fact, that is just the opposite.
 
Be Accountable
Little does more to motivate you to do things, than knowing that you are accountable to someone.  If someone will ask you about your progress, you are ‘darned likely’ to want to make progress.  It may be that you are one of those self-motivated people who can hold yourself accountable and motivated, but if you’re not, find someone you see on a regular basis who would be willing to ask you how things are going. 
 
Learning is one of those things that almost always has a positive effect on you. Become a life-long intentional learner.
 
Key Words and Phrases
Strive for understanding; Gather knowledge; Seek wisdom; Build awareness; Discover information; Gain expertise; Become skilled; Find answers.
 
Opposite Terms
Muddle; Disarray; Hit-or-miss; Indolent.
 
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