What's on your "To-Learn" list?


In line with yesterday’s article about the importance of creative routines, today I am reflecting on an interesting and simple idea - daily to-learn lists. Many people create “to-do” lists, some hold “to-not-do” lists, but then there are those who exercise a daily ritual of staying curious and learning something, no matter how small, they carry “to-learn” lists.

Perhaps the most famous advocate of “to-learn“ lists is Da Vinci. In his biography by Walter Isaacson, we learn that Leonardo identified himself as being a student of experience and thus every day he tried to learn something new, by being personally immersed into topic.

“Ask Benedetto Potinari (A Florentine Merchant) by what means they go on ice in Flanders

Find a master of hydraulics and get him to tell you how to repair a lock, canal and mill in the Lombard manner.

Describe the tongue of a woodpecker”

- Leonardo Da Vinci

Try this, as you go through your next morning routine.

  1. Write down (Paper or digital) a list of things you want to learn;

  2. Start small, 1-2 things you can google and learn under 5 minutes (during a coffee break);

  3. As you learn a topic, cut the item on your list;

  4. If possible, hold a journal /notes for the most interesting or curious learning experiences;

  5. Repeat, everyday.