Rekindle the spark in your job
If the learning opportunities in your job are non-existent, begrudging, boring or random, then it might be time to review the options available to you. Learning is good for you. There are measurable benefits for your sense of well being and the sense of satisfaction that your job will provide.
Learning may feel like a demand too far after you’ve worked through the tasks that your job demands and those of your life outside of work. But rather than thinking of learning as something that you had to do at school and that you now don’t really need, we’d like to challenge you to pick something new to learn this week.
Why are we suggesting this task? It’s simple. We want you to reconnect with the bigger why: the why did you start your career in the field you’re in? What excited you when you started?
If the thought of learning something new is initially a somewhat daunting prospect, then you’re not alone. Many people enjoy learning something new, but experience shows us that what many people prefer is to learn a new twist on something that we thought we knew already.
So, whether you learn something completely new or a new piece of information about something you’re already an expert in this week, we say well done. It’s not unusual for interest in learning to wax and wane over time, but if you want to rekindle the spark, our top tip is simply to challenge yourself to learn something and to record what you learnt. Over time, you’ll build a portfolio of new knowledge that you’ll be proud of.
How can you record these new nuggets? Check out the Learning Line from Coracle and in particular the ‘I Learnt This!” button.
And finally, a puzzle:
Let’s say a ship leaves London every day at 4pm for New York, arriving exactly 7 days later.
At the same time every day a ship leaves New York for London, arriving exactly 7 days later.
All ships follow the same route (deviating only to avoid collisions!)
How many ships from London does each ship coming from New York encounter during its voyage, not counting any that arrive at the dock just as they leave, or leave the dock just as they arrive?
Tweet us your answer to @coracle and check out the post next week for the answer.