Continual Learning with Personal and Professional Development

Continual Learning with Personal and Professional Development

With the new year recently ushered in, one of the biggest business trends projected for 2019, is an increase in personal and professional development. These practices aren’t new and have been around for decades, however – companies are now putting an emphasis on time allowance for their employees to practice continual learning with personal and professional development. This has largely been something that was accepted only on personal time before. Below, we look at some of the successful tools that can assist you and your team in harnessing this trend:

Personal and Professional Growth. Life Long Learning

 

TedTalks: TED is a non-profit, devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics. From science to business to global issues, in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. This is a great way to open your mind to new ideas, points of view and connect with a community of others, who share your passions and quest for more knowledge and understanding.

Luminosity: Memory. Attention. Flexibility. Speed. Problem Solving. Lumosity helps you challenge and train the skills that matter to you most. These quick games and puzzles will work with your brain to sharpen your skill set and also activate parts that are often not used to their full capacity. From neuroscience to visual art, they combine many diverse disciplines to create their engaging brain training program — making cognitive research available to everyone.

Journaling: This practice has been around for centuries and is still widely used today. With an increase in technology use, we see pen to paper quickly becoming a thing of the past. Research still suggests that writing, whether it be a personal thoughts journal, daily goals or activities, or any topic in general – helps improve mood, focus, and overall wellness. As little as 10 minutes a day can yield success with your goals.

Physical Activity: When it comes to movement, it has been proven time and time again that our mind needs this just as much as our bodies. Being physically active can improve sleep, mood, cognitive ability, longevity and overall well-being. There are many reasons to get moving and stay active, better health is just one wonderful side-effect!

Mentorships: Having a personal connection with another human being is essential to our growth. This can be achieved in person or online these days, but the positive effects are continuing to pour in. Finding a mentor, for professional or personal growth is a great opportunity to achieve this. Being able to ask questions, look at examples, have someone to approach new theories and ideas with, and more – is going to take your life to the next level.

Online Education/Courses: Continuing your education formally through online courses or night school is an excellent way to keep up with current practices, upgrade skills, keep engaged and stay competitive in your field. Education in any format will never go out of style or hurt your personal and professional development.

YOUR TURN! What are some of the ways that you continue to grow? Will you encourage your team to pursue development this year and beyond?

We always want to know what is happening and working for others – share along in this journey with us!

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