If you are someone who loves to listen to podcasts, take courses or read books, but struggle with following through and implementing what you are learning, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! I’ll share some strategies you can use to make sure you are not just consuming content, but taking action on it and getting results.
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Hey everyone – welcome back to another episode of the podcast. If it is your first time listening, welcome! My name is Madison Wetherill and I am a web designer for food bloggers. If you are a returning listener, thanks so much for tuning in AND listening to that introduction every week.
This week I wanted to talk about something that I think is often overlooked in the online education space. And that is taking action on what you are learning.
Unfortunately, we live in a world of over-consumption. We are almost constantly listening to, watching or learning something new. The ability to easily access information is amazing – but it often can lead to overwhelm because we are not actually implementing what we’ve learned.
So in today’s episode let’s break down a few strategies to go from just consuming content to really taking action on it!
Evaluate what you are consuming
This is a huge first step! You have to first make sure you are consuming the right content for what you want to learn about right now! For example, if you are listening to a bunch of podcasts about writing a cookbook, but you never want to write a cookbook, it just becomes noise.
It’s totally fine to listen to podcasts or consume content for fun but in the spirit of learning and taking action, you don’t want to be consuming content that has nothing to do with what you are working on right now. Especially not if you are feeling overwhelmed and like you are not implementing things.
Take a step back and evaluate the information you’re consuming!
Consider when you are learning
Because we all listen to things on the go, while we are busy or distracted, it is very easy to forget what we hear.
There are a lot of podcasts that I can listen to on the go but when it is more action oriented, I try to save it for a time when I can really listen. This means that some of my favorite podcasts are ones that I don’t get to listen to weekly because I want to be able to really soak it in.
Be mindful of when you listen to certain podcasts. Don’t listen to one that is very actionable and requires some intentionality while you are distracted.
Track what you are learning
Create a system for keeping track of what you learn from podcasts, courses, summits, even things you learn in facebook groups.
Tools you can use:
- Notes app in your phone
If you track with a program of any kind I would recommend categorizing the topics so if you don’t need it right away you can easily find it.
Set an action step or two
This is the most important part. Without this you just end up with a bunch of sticky notes everywhere. Pick one or two things you want to take away from what you learned and create a task for it. Set aside time to implement it.