Michael Simmons, a social entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker, identified a common pattern among well-known business leaders and although his research does not qualify as an academic study, it at least revealed
interesting behavioural information.
His research revealed that despite being extremely busy, these successful business leaders set aside at least an hour a day over their entire career dedicated to what he called deliberate learning. Those learning practices often fell into three buckets: reading, reflection or experimentation.
The idea behind Simmon’s theory is that developing the habit of learning increases your productivity in life, much like those extracurricular activities of an athlete who performs daily exercises and keeps on improving his results.
Extrapolating his theory, we could assume that these daily learning practices create new synapses and that someone with a sharp brain is more capable of making better and faster decisions. We cannot forget though, that this is just one aspect of our manifestation. While association of ideas, creativity and discernment are attributes, not to mention our energosomatic requirements.attributes, our brain also needs its nutrients from the bloodstream and its periods of rest – somatic
Even with the knowledge that practicing leads to mastering, and that the key to achieving it is consistency, most of us will find a culprit to blame such as lack of time.
Time: the scarcest resource in modern life.
Most of us struggle to fit our busy lives within a 24-hour time period and we know that we cannot extend the time. Hence, if we want to add some learning routines into our already busy schedules, the only reasonable option is to endeavour to get self-organised and prioritise what we consider to be important in our lives.
The first thing one should do to is to get rid of time wasters and use your creativity to optimise the free time you have. For some, this will include disconnecting from social media, listening to audio books while driving, buying a dishwasher machine or even doing leg squats while brushing your teeth. There is no magic trick, you have to find what works for you with the resources you have.
If you wait too long for the right time to start doing something, remember, there will never be the perfect time in life. We all tend to procrastinate, so no matter how far you are from your goal it’s always better to take a step towards it instead of just sitting around and waiting.
Finding time to dedicate to self-improvement should be something that fills us with joy and keeps us motivated, rather than something that we feel obliged to do. This self-organisation is also a pre-requisite if we intend to assist other consciousnesses as well.
For some people, this 5-hour rule may sound challenging, while for others this is so incorporated in their lives that they have never thought about it as a rule. Apractitioner, for instance, is someone who has achieved a good level of self-organisation and is capable of dedicating almost one hour of his day assisting others for the rest of his or her life.
Whatever stage we are in, it is never too late to get self-organised and try to incorporate this 5-hour learning rule into our lives.
“Have you dedicated one hour of your day learning or practising something new today?”