In our last blog, we covered the second step in creating a mutant learning lab: organizing the chaos! Now, it’s time to talk about your schedule.
Life is busy! Even worse, the lines between work and home life blurred a lot when many people started working remotely during the covid-19 pandemic. It’s time to take a stand and reclaim your time.
Step 3. Plan: Schedule Lab Time
If you don’t reclaim your time it will be consumed by something else, or nothing else. Reclaim it with these three simple actions.
15 x 5 Rule.
Plan to spend 15 minutes five times a week in your Mutant Learning Lab. While there’s no precedent for how long is long enough with regards to social and informal learning, and fifteen minutes is not a scientifically proven amount of time, it is our suggested time based on the average person’s time restraints and through our own personal testing. However, you can
choose to spend more time if you are able, or take less time as you become more efficient in performing your Mutant Learning Ritual.
This is a very simple concept to understand but a difficult one to execute. You may have the best intentions, but how often do you get in your car at 5:00 pm and realize you’ve learned nothing around the topic you wanted to learn? That’s what the next step covers.
If the 15 x 5 rule is the theory, blocking out time is the suggested practice—the action you should take.
Think about your week and your schedule and identify when is the best time to block out 15 minutes a day. It could be early in the morning, late at night, or even throughout the workday. It’s not important when you schedule your time, it’s only important that you use your time wisely.
Note: we recommend taking the weekend off to avoid burnout.
Stick to It.
Now that you have all of your connections and systems in place, don’t be distracted by shiny objects. Focus on your learning objectives and remember that you are only dedicating 15 minutes to this important endeavor, after which you can turn your attention to other worthy subjects. Choose now to keep this time sacred and recommit yourself often.
We’ll talk about Step 4 in our next article. If you can’t wait, download the full eBook Mutant Learning: How to Develop a Social Learning Lab here.