Finding fun in learning is key because that’s the easiest way to keep yourself motivated. Learn some ways for making learning as fun as possible.
- Now remember when you were a kid and you had so much fun learning to play a new game. I want you to find that same fun in learning because that's the easiest way to keep yourself motivated. So here are some ideas for making learning as fun as possible for yourself. The first idea is use your creativity. I don't care what the instructions say. If the lesson is boring or if the quiz afterward isn't interesting, change it. Come up with your own ways of explaining key concepts to yourself. Draw it, paint it, write it, design it, build it.
Do anything that uses your creativity to make the learning process more fun. Idea number two, make the learning into an actual game. Break your learning program into levels and give yourself small rewards for reaching each new level. Or take the answers to the quizzes, put them in a game show format like Jeopardy! Or Wheel of Fortune and test yourself and your friends on the answers. Or you could take the entire learning program that you're doing with other people. Find others who want to learn the same subject and make it a team process.
Agree on some small competitions between yourselves like who can find the answer to a question without doing a web search. By continually nudging each other you can play off of the fun that others are having too. Or you could try to find a teacher who's fun. If you're learning online, read the instructor ratings to see if other students have enjoyed their teaching. If you're looking for a tutor, ask candidates to tell you how they'd specifically make it fun for you and have them give you some examples. Next, learn by teaching it to someone else. Even if you're only one or two lessons into a learning program, go tell someone else about it, hopefully someone with a strong sense of play.
Not only will it test your knowledge, you may find out you've already learned a lot more than you think. Or go learn in a location where you know you'll enjoy yourself. Take your laptop, your book, or your materials outdoors or go to a coffee shop or to a coworking facility, or go to all of the above. Sit some place where people are likely to ask you what you're doing. You'll find that explaining your learning goals to others can reinforce your commitment to it. You could also try learning something that's inherently fun on its own. Find out how to play a game or a sport that you've always wanted to learn.
Don't set too high a bar for learning. Either give yourself permission to be a novice or make sure it's something that depends more on luck than on skill. Or here's another idea. Try online learning roulette. If you're using an online learning service, go to search line and type fun. Then take the first brief course that catches your eye. Even if it's a topic you weren't initially interested in, see if the instructor has made an unknown topic fun for you. Finally, use what I call alternating rhythms. Don't focus on just one learning process or one mode.
If you're sitting in front of a screen or reading a book for a long time, do something else that gets your body moving. Or if you're studying alone, set yourself a time limit, then go talk to someone else who knows something about that topic. You get the idea. Keep changing it up. Variety is the spice of learning. By committing to actually enjoying your learning, you'll find it's far easier to maintain your motivation no matter what learning journey you're following.