Knowledge Is Power: How To Keep Learning At Work

February 2019

 

Continuously learning new things and stuffing your memory with a diverse range of information improves the brain’s ability to make connections between knowledge and ideas that do not necessarily belong together. That’s what we call creativity and thinking outside of the box, and it’s a highly valued skill in all lines of work.

As knowledge workers, we are the most time-poor group. Setting aside an afternoon for learning might sound like an unreachable luxury but armed with these science-backed hacks and learning tips, you can soon become a full-time learner, capable of absorbing new information faster and retaining it for longer.

How to continue learning throughout your career

Make time

There will never be enough time for learning – you’ll have to make it. Whether this means blocking time off in your schedule for reading, research and thinking, or disabling notifications on your phone and social media platforms to have some downtime, commitment and consistency are key. Decide on the route you will take and stick to it.

Pursuing your learning ambitions is an enjoyable project when undertaken at Fora. Our specially-designed quiet spaces like reading rooms, studies and the creative thought room, provide just the right mix of privacy and openness to create the right ambience for concentration. We also install sound masking technology throughout our spaces to minimise any noise distractions so you’ll always be able to find peace and quiet.

Lunch and learn

Knowledge sharing brings endless benefits – both to people and organisations. Besides the obvious fact that it massively speeds up the learning process, knowledge sharing also increases social interaction in the workplace and sparks creative ideas.

Initiating a “lunch and learn” programme at your company might be an easy and efficient way to share ideas, pick up new skills and discover new areas of interest. Whether you choose to run weekly sessions in small groups or organise monthly company-wide workshops, knowledge sharing is a proven, highly valuable practice for employees and employers alike.

Besides, one of the key benefits of using a co-working space is that you are surrounded by people from all sorts of different industries. Fora’s spaces are, in fact, built to be conducive to conversation – even talking to a complete stranger doesn’t feel so out of place. So why not use this to your advantage and grab a coffee or lunch with someone who can stimulate your brain? Fora’s kitchens, break-out spaces and cafes will happily welcome your learning luncheons.

Seek out knowledge

Books, podcasts, workshops, online courses, networking events, articles or in-person learning sessions – pick and choose from the huge range of different learning options available to you. However, keep in mind the following statistics on how much information learners are able to retain based on their learning method:

  • – 90% of what they learn when they teach someone else/use immediately.
  • – 75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.
  • – 50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.
  • – 30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration.
  • – 20% of what they learn from audio-visual.
  • – 10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading.
  • – 5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture.

In the end, teaching and knowledge sharing seems to be a fool-proof strategy that can benefit everyone. Why not try out a news Thinkin with Tortoise? All Fora Residents receive memberships for Tortoise, giving them access to Tortoise’s roster of Thinkins, the Tortoise daily newsfeed and the Tortoise quarterly: A short book of big reads.

 

How to retain more information

Exercise regularly

Brain studies have shown that regular exercise can improve memory recall. The better your memory recall, the faster and easier your brain can bring up the piece of memory or information you need. Besides memory, regular exercise has also been proven to have numerous positive effects on cognitive abilities.

So, on days that are particularly mentally intense, take a brisk walk, hit the gym or join a yoga class to ensure the new information in your brain can be processed and catalogued properly. At Fora, you have access to wellness studios a whole host of Resident wellness classes, all bookable via the handy app.

Chew gum to improve your memory

Want to remember new information for longer? Chew gum while learning. Although contradictory research exists, some studies have found that chewing gum may improve concentration, as participants who completed a memory recall task had higher reaction times and were more accurate if they chewed gum during the experiment.

Drink coffee to consolidate new memories

This is great news for coffee fans. Researchers have found that consuming caffeine after a learning task improves memory recall up to 24 hours later. According to the researchers, coffee helps the brain with memory consolidation – the process of strengthening new memories we’ve created. The lesson here is that a good cup of coffee can go a long way – don’t just start your morning with a shot of caffeine, make sure you have a little of this elixir throughout the day to hold on to more of what you learn.