PLDN Talks – Soraya – ‘Using Education in a Time of Distraction’


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Hi, I’m Soraya. I’m a strategy consultant for the music and media industries. This is my Paradise London Talk. Today I’m going to talk to you about how to stay focused in a time of distraction. There are three key things to think about. The first one is to think about indulging and learning. You will rarely get an opportunity like this where you have an abundance of time to think about what’s next?

How can I rescale? What online courses can I do? What shore courses can I do? So really by thinking about these things now, and you prepare yourself for what will happen in six to 12 months, you’ve got plenty of time. The brilliant thing is that loads of use don’t open the next semester until September and hopefully things will be better by then.

If not, there are tons of things you can do online. There are courses that will be opening up for next year if you’ve missed the deadlines for this year. So take some time to think about what that looks like, to be curious. It’s a really great time to start subscribing to newsletters, thinking about different places that you want to brush up on learning.

I love pocket. The economist has great music week, theft tech crunch. Um, there were tons of outlets out there that offer you lots of information. So it’s really about. Taking that time to think about what you want to learn and just be curious about it. Part three, the third and final one, be patient with yourself.

There’s a little saying that I’ve got, which I don’t know if anyone else has, and it’s learning and education is just like going to the gym. You don’t go to the gym and expect to have a six-pack within the first week, so don’t expect learning to feel like the same experience. Education is very much a process, and I, for example.

I ask myself to read one chapter of a book tonight. Oh, that fell out. Rate it for an hour, and it helps me sleep better, makes me calmer. It has a knock-on effect because I’m not using my phone right before bed, but it also just means that I’m using a different muscle and the more you use it and the more you flex it, the better you get at it.

It’s really easy to get distracted. There is so much fear-mongering. There is so much uncertainty, anxiety, there’s a lot of stress in the world today, particularly. At this moment right now. So anything you can do to alleviate that would be absolutely perfect. It’s believed these three things can help you, uh, indulge in learning.

Be curious and be patient. Thanks for watching.

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