Like most people I'm struggling with the fact that I often prioritize other things over my own learning. It is strange because I truly love learning. Nevertheless, there is a little guy in my head (in fact certain chemical processes) who pushes me to check off my immediate to dos rather than focussing the mid- to long-term effects of learning.
After having thought about this a long time, I have established an easy routine which helps me keep on track: I'm reserving Friday morning for learning & inspiration topics. This can also mean working on a project which will reap rather long-term effects, but which will help me develop new skills. During this time, I don't accept any calls or meetings.
Those are the success factors for making the most out of my Friday morning:
I put myself in a positive state of mind by starting the day with some jogging in the fresh air or a little yoga session
I already set the intention for the next morning on Thursday evening so that I'm not getting stuck in not knowing what to focus on in the morning.
I spend the morning in a different place than where I usually work. This can be my favourite armchair or also a different room in my apartment.
Lately, I have also scheduled a little coaching circle every second week which I use to practice skills from the U.lab of MIT which I currently attend.
I finish the session with a nice lunch.
What are your ideal conditions which can help you to make time for learning and transform it into a positive experience?