I have long had a fascination with learning new things. However, it is generally unstructured and follows whatever the interest of the moment is. I have been and continue to be a proponent of motivation based learning, believing that we learn best when there is an internal vested interest. At least for me, one downside of this approach is a propensity for cursory knowledge on many topics without revisiting them in more depth. This large surface area of topics has resulted in consistently saying, “One day I will get back to exploring topic X in depth”. Anecdotal experience has indicates lower follow through.
In a desire to explore topics in greater depth, I am engaging on a sort of gamified learning experiment. Over the next 30 days I am committing to spend at least 30 minutes each day on focused study on a topic of interest. From my experience completing the 100 Days of Code challenge, I found the consistent application on a focused goal a rewarding pursuit. It provides a sense of direction and loose boundaries around the learning process. With so many exciting things to learn and explore, it can be easy to shift from one to another as I have been known to do.
My vision for this experience is a means to have time-boxed focused study of a given topic. They may not occur every month, and a given topic may warrant more than one round of 30 days. I elected a shorter calendar duration than the 100 days of code challenge given the more specific nature of the topics.