You’re a busy person with work and family obligations, yet you have a thirst for knowledge. You love to learn, yet you feel like you hardly have time for it. Don’t despair. There are plenty of ways you can learn what you love if you’re willing to reserve some time for it. Read on to learn about some of them.
The best way to continue learning at all times is to read. Read everything and anything, but focus especially on topics or genres that truly interest you. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about American history, then select a particular era, and dig in. Perhaps you’ve long desired to read the classics. There’s no time like the present to get started. Pick up a volume of Shakespeare or Chaucer, and give it a try.
Even if you’re not much of a reader, you can still learn. There are many educational videos online these days. You might use a site like EdX or Coursera to access plenty of these videos, or you could subscribe to the Great Courses or a similar program. Look around for videos on YouTube as well, for many organizations use it to promote their materials, and you might find exactly what you want.
If you’re more serious about learning systematically, consider auditing some classes. You can do this online or in person through many schools and universities. Auditing allows you to access lectures, discussions, and course materials, but you don’t have to complete assignments or take exams. You will have to pay something to audit, though, so be sure you can make the commitment to your classes, and start out with just one at a time.
Go Back to School
Perhaps you’ll discover that you love going to class so much that you’re willing to go back to school to work on a certificate or degree program. You can take your time with one class per term, at least at first, to make sure you can handle the workload and the tuition. These days, you can often complete a program right online. Look for a school and a program that fits your interests and your values.
Academics may not be your strong point, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to learn. Maybe there are new hobbies you’ve been wanting to try. Then choose one or two, and give them a go. If you’ve always wanted to learn to bake, for instance, read up or watch some videos on baking for beginners, and then try a simple project. Do the same for a craft or for gardening. You’ll build your skills quickly, especially if you enjoy your new hobby.
Visit New Places
Finally, don’t neglect the opportunity to learn by visiting new places. Explore history and art museums. Travel to cultural sites. Practice your wilderness skills on a camping trip. No matter where you go, try to learn something along the way.
You’re never too busy to learn what you love. Set the time aside as part of your self-care routine, and enjoy expanding your knowledge.