Naomi’s Playlist is an eclectic collection of tools that help me approach my work as play. My hope is that they’ll do the same for you!
Object: Making learning a daily habit with the Curious app.
What Didn’t Work: Trying to remember to take time daily to learn something, spending the time I might have spent learning searching for quality material, learning only about topics I sought out rather than material that might stretch beyond my comfort zone
My Aha! Moment: When I visit classrooms, I love to read the list on the board of all that’s in store for the day. As students arrive in the morning, they stop, read the list, smile over the parts of the day that appeal to them, make a face over the parts that will be a challenge, and after they’re done, they nod. The day’s work is accepted.
Honestly, I miss having a teacher lay out a learning plan for my day. Don’t get me wrong, I love the post-school freedom choose my areas of passion and focus. But I miss the richness of being introduced to ideas and topics I wouldn’t naturally seek out. Divergent thinking is an essential part of creativity. When my exploration narrows to the areas of my current expertise, I can find myself also feeling stuck.
That’s why I was so excited to see the update to the Curious app. Now, this one is a paid app, but you can try it out for free to see if it’s a good match for you.
How I Play:
- When you arrive, you’ll fill out an interview. Using your answers, the app will create your personalized learning plan. I chose to include a wide range of interests in my interview so my learning plan would cast a wider net.
- I try to work in chunks of 45 minutes or so, and use various brain breaks to boost my energy throughout the day. The Curious app provides me with at least one of these for the day.
- I’m tracking my learning with the score-keeping wheel, which makes learning feel like a game.
- I’m noting key insights in Evernote, in case I want to draw on them for future ideas or projects.
- Some of the lessons are text only, but others are videos. I like to mix and match, but the lower point CQ’s are easier to tuck into borrowed moments in my day.
- Since Curious is an investment, I’m being intentional about visiting it on a daily (or close to daily) basis. I keep a checklist of tasks I want to remember daily in another an app called Habit List, and “Visit Curious” is on that list.
Take it to the Next Level:
- The app has an enormous wealth of material. Aside from the Daily Dose collection, you may want to browse the many courses available in the “Browse” screen.
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