You have No time to Learn…or do you?

When I speak to people in organizations who have learning resources available, I hear that staff would like to take advantage of some of the resources but they are just too busy and do not have the time.  And you know what?  I agree that they do not have the time.  Almost everyone I speak to usually has a jam-packed day (except for you slackers; yeah, I’m talking to you) and are rushing just to get all of their work in before the end of the day (and night).  And some are not even having a lunch break (unless you call eating at your desk, doing work, a lunch break).  So, for some, the thought of taking a course or watching a video or reading a job-aid is just not feasible.

So there you go.  You are off the hook.

Or…

Or you could make the time, even when you are not given the time.  It does not necessarily need to be elearning course or signing up for a workshop.  It could be watching a You tube Video.  Or listening to a podcast.  Or internally, going on the Global Learning Centre and doing a simulation.  Or read a Skill Brief.  Or print a Job Aid.  You could even be reading someone’s blog.  Or maybe externally trying Udacity, Coursera or Lynda.  Whew.  OK, I will pause here to get some past heavyweights thoughts one learning:

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”  – Albert Einstein

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”  – Henry Ford

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  W.B. Yeats

There!  Convinced yet?

Listen, I hear you.  There are many days I do not have time to learn also.  But I make time.  It could be 5 minutes here or maybe during my lunch hour or on my smart phone on the way home.   Because really, it is up to you.  And you alone.  I know it would be great if everyone’s manager gave them an hour a day/week/month to do some learning.  But that shouldn’t hold you back.  Imagine looking back in 25 years and say, if only someone gave me time to learn I could have done so much more.  🙂

We have thousands of great resources internally (GLC and other areas) that are free to take for your development.  But no-one can do it but you.

Or not.  It’s up to you.