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Why You Should Spend Five Hours a Week Learning

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Why You Should Spend Five Hours a Week Learning

Though there are many qualities that contribute to a person’s success, one thing that stands out is that successful people are always hungry for new and deeper knowledge. And to this end, they will always make time to learn, whether it is a new skill, discovery, ideology, or anything that satiates their never-ending curiosity.

In contrast, unsuccessful people can be characterized by a general apathy towards knowledge. Such people essentially have no interest in learning new things or improving themselves. And if you are a dreamer who wants to succeed, then you should definitely consider spending about five hours a week to absorb new knowledge.  

Why Spend Five Hours Per Week Learning New Things?

Why You Should Spend Five Hours a Week Learning

You know what is common between Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffet? In addition to being very successful, all three have a shared quality – they spend at least five hours per week to learn new things. So, why 5 hours a week?  

Firstly, everyone is busy with their lives and they hardly find enough time to sit and read. But 5 hours per week is something that is doable and practical. In fact, we can bet that most people will easily be able to assign 5 hours of their life each week to learning something new.

Secondly, 5 hours per week is considered sufficient enough for you to acquire knowledge and skills. In fact, Josh Kauffman, the author of the famous book ‘The Personal MBA’ estimates that it takes about 20 hours for an average person to learn something new

So, considering 5 hours per week for a month that consists of four weeks, you can theoretically learn a new skill every month. Not on the deep end, but certainly something workable.

Tips For Mastering New Knowledge and Achieving Success

Once you decide to implement the five hours per week learning plan, you can follow the below tips to make it effective and achieve the best possible result from your learning process.  

Plan The Timings

Why You Should Spend Five Hours a Week Learning

The first thing to do will be to plan out the learning schedule. Without setting a clear goal as to when you will learn, you are likely to fall prey to procrastination. As a result, you might keep postponing your learning, and may end up never making time for it. 

To avoid such possibilities you should set a clear time schedule. And the time you select must be the most appropriate of times when your mind is ready to absorb new ideas – knowing when your mind is at its sharpest is the key here.

For example, suppose that you are busy with work and are only free Saturday evenings and Sundays. You might think of cranking an hour a day from Monday to Friday as your learning time. 

But if you are always mentally exhausted from work, then the hour you spend on learning may not be effective since your mind may not absorb the new information completely. Do not do for the sake of doing. Focus, improve, and get it right.

As such, it is better to schedule a five-hour session on Saturday evening, or split it into two sessions for Saturday and Sunday. This will ensure you only learn new things when your mind is fresh and ready to absorb ideas. And if you are troubled with procrastination, make sure you get rid of that habit for good.  

If you have a tendency to put off things and not commit even though you wish you could, there is a tried-and-tested method to incorporate new habits. Suppose you want to start reading every day, then you need to combine this with an existing routine. Like, do this after a regular routine habit like breakfast or lunch or work – the first thing after an everyday activity. This way, it is difficult to forget about this, and you’ll be able to cultivate a new habit in no time. This is basically Habit Stacking.

Decide What To Learn

Why You Should Spend Five Hours a Week Learning

The next thing to do is to have a clear plan as to what it is you wish to learn. Ideally, it should relate to something that can help you acquire a new skill and develop your professional as well as personal life. However, you should not shy away from trying to learn things that are completely unrelated.

Draw up a list of subjects you wish to explore, find out the best sources of information for the subjects, and then come up with a learning plan that details how you will go about learning according to the time schedule.

For example, imagine you work as a sales consultant at a stock market trading company. For a particular month, you can focus on learning about human psychology – especially topics that cover a person’s psyche when evaluating a profitable opportunity.

Find good resources on the topic, arrange those resources, and divide them into weekly portions that you can finish in 5 hours each week. In addition, you can also throw in a two hour documentary about Japanese Jujitsu, if you find it interesting.    

Think About What You Learned

Once you have learned a subject matter, take a few hours to reflect on what you just learned. Just mugging up information won’t make you smart. Only when you understand what you learn can you truly claim to have learned about something. And a good way to do this will be to associate what you have learned to real-life situations.

For example, suppose that you spent your entire learning time for the week reading up on the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Now, think about the possibilities of what you have learned. If you are a teacher, look at how the AI development is going to affect the future of education.

And while thinking about it, you might come to realize that children are currently taught in an inefficient way. And by using AI, the children can be taught the same subject matter in a way that makes them comprehend it much better.

Practice What You Learn

Once you have acquired knowledge and reflected upon it, it is time to put it into practice. Otherwise, the knowledge will be of no use to you (or others). If you wish to achieve success, then knowledge alone is insufficient. You will have to act on that knowledge at opportune times.  

Teach Others The Things You Learn 

Why You Should Spend Five Hours a Week Learning

Finally, don’t keep your knowledge to yourself. If anyone is interested in learning from you, consider teaching them everything you know. This has two benefits. Firstly, the people who learn from you will respect you. Secondly, the more you share your knowledge, the better your understanding of it will be.  

So, be sure to never remain cooped up in your own world. Instead, learn as much as you can about the things you find interesting. And slowly but surely, you will find that your life’s on a sure-shot path to success.  

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How Do I Create a Strong and Uncommon Password?

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Are you one of those people who are into a habit of setting easy to remember passwords like 123456 or abc123?

Well, it’s time you reevaluated your methods of creating passwords for your sensitive accounts like credit cards, debit cards, internet banking, or even Facebook (attackers can steal your personal information from social media sites). Hackers have more than one way to get to your bank account.

But how are you going to do it? Just type a combination of random guttural letters/numbers/special characters? This is what this post is all about. According to a stat published on HostingTribunal, there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. Imagine the number of innocent people getting duped every day.

How Do Most People Create a Password?

Usually, people like to set their passwords based on things they are around all the time. Like someone who loves Mexican food would have tacos or burrito in their password. To make their password unique, usually, people add a birthdate and/or the name of their hometown to it. So, a regular person is more likely to set their password something like burritonewyork1992. Does this sound like your password?

Here Are a Few Tips You Should Keep in Mind Before Creating a Password?

1) Do Not Use Known Western First Names in Your Password

This is one of the biggest mistakes people make while creating a password. Hackers in countries like China, Russia, and North Korea are more acquainted with American and British names than the names of any other foreign country. Avoid first names, last names, birth date, or even the date you created the password on.

2) Do Not Post Your Details on Social Media Sites

This is not a way to create a strong password but is a tip that can help you keep your financial assets safe and secure. Gone are days when it was a norm to post every detail of your personal and professional life on social media sites. You can use apps like WhatsApp or Telegram to share personal details like images, birth date, hometown, etc with your loved ones.

3) How to Create a Strong Password

Okay, so you now know that adding personal details to your password is not a good idea. So what should your password consist of? To create a strong and uncommon password, you should make an effort to make it seem as senseless and absurd as possible. 

However, formulating the password in a way in which it is easier to remember for you. Here is a tip. Let’s say you wish to create a 10 letter password. Make sure the first half of the password is something you can remember (yet, is impersonal) and the second half should contain numbers and special characters. For eg: xenon3%78@

Summary

This is my guide to creating a strong and uncommon password. Before you go ahead and change all your passwords, be aware of the fact that most internet browsers suggest you a strong password at the time of setting or changing one. Do not accept the suggestion. You can only use those passwords when signing up for a known but unimportant service.

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4 Ways COVID-19 Has Changed Marketing

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The marketing industry is constantly changing, but over the past year, one of the biggest reasons why marketing has changed is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the vaccine has led to the world largely beginning to get back to normal, it’s unlikely that consumerism is going to look exactly the same even when the global pandemic becomes history. So, what can marketers expect from a post-COVID-19 world?

More Connection

While the pandemic had an awful effect on the lives of many people around the world, one of the good things to come out of the situation is that people are staying more connected than ever before. Throughout the year where most of us stayed at home wherever possible to protect ourselves and others, a new mentality of ‘we are all in it together’ began to grow. This is likely to affect the way that people shop for some time, with many brands including Nike taking advantage of the new consumer attitude of staying connected and looking out for one another. 

Online Shopping

More and more brands have had to move online in order to survive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Even brands that had gotten left behind and did not see the need to set up a website where customers could make purchases were forced to very quickly modernize their operations and create an online presence or else fail. For marketers, the fact that customers are choosing to shop online more and more often as a result of the pandemic is a huge bonus. This has provided marketing agencies like merrittgrp.com with far more access to consumer data, which can then be used to drive further marketing decisions for the future. 

A Human Touch

Working from home has caused huge changes to companies, with most of us more accepting that things happen and at the end of the day, everybody is human. While the human touch was already becoming more and more important in marketing, the pandemic has only highlighted the need for all companies to move away from a robotic, uber-professional way of doing things and connect with their customers as people. 

Customer Engagement

Customer engagement has become one of the most vital marketing strategies used by companies throughout the pandemic. With stores closing and online shopping becoming the only way to get access to the non-essential products that consumers want, most people are going to remember which brands took the time to engage with them throughout the crisis and which ones dropped off the radar. Throughout the pandemic, the brands that have been the most successful have achieved this by putting in the time and effort to regularly connect with and check up on their customers through online engagement on social media and a wide range of other channels. Brands that have looked to do something different such as online classes and virtual entertainment to bring their customers together and boost engagement have encouraged people to stay connected to their brand even in difficult times. 

Has COVID-19 made a difference to the way that you market your brand?

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How Does Time Management Affect Work-Life Balance?

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Work Life Balance

We are living in a rapidly changing world with a lot of uncertainty looming around us. We set specific goals and milestones for ourselves and hustle and grind incessantly to achieve them. We, as millennials, have been living in a competitive and digitalized society. There is a constant need to prove ourselves and succeed in life. The fear of missing out, or as the millennials say FOMO, is accurate and brings anxiety and stress. The need to be everywhere, please everyone and emulate a particular kind of lifestyle and personality takes a toll on your mental and physical health. This tug of war between managing your time, achieving your goals, and being present for your family and social circle inadvertently affects your personal life and relationships. 

It is perfectly healthy to have ambitions, but at the same time, it is necessary to strive for balance in life. How would you feel to miss out on those special moments and happenings that no camera or social media app can capture? The simple pleasures of life are too precious to be missed out on to meet another deadline. Rather than getting pulled in both directions, be smart and devise a time management plan. It will not only help you be organized and keep your work life in check but will gradually strengthen your ability to carve out that much-needed “me” time and some time for your family and friends. Be smart about your time. 

Some essential time management tips :

Planning

Spend the initial 20-30 minutes of your mornings planning your day. Use the various planner apps available online to create your schedule, or use the simple and old-fashioned pen and paper formula. It will aid you in creating a timeline for your day and prioritize your tasks better. Creating a timeline for each job and working in tandem with the plan you chalk out for yourself is necessary for the program you devise for the day. 

Be practical

Every individual wants to tick off their wish-lists points, more commonly known as the bucket list. Be it travel-oriented wishes, work-related goals, specific experiences they want to have, or a simple buy they wish to make. It is different for every person. While making a list is appreciated, be practical about your goals and do not live for them. Life will sometimes throw in some surprises that you can experience only when you are present to live them and not chase your dreams. 

Delegation

Learn to delegate work. It is advisable to have a strong sense of responsibility to succeed in your professional life. Still, it also requires you to wise and divide and assign duties to your team members. Build a trustworthy team and have faith in their abilities to make things happen. You cannot be a one-person army, be it in your personal life or professional life. Society needs to thrive and grow together as a unit. 

Planning, Practicality, and Delegation will help you grow and devote time to yourself. Time management will maintain that much-needed work-life balance and open your mind to various other opportunities and life experiences. 

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