A few weeks ago, I was driving around for work, listening to a podcast. Chase Reeves was talking about the concept of “just in time learning“, vs. “just in case learning“. I almost had to pull my car over to the side of the road. The comment hit me like a tonne of bricks.
For many years as I was learning online business, I was an “information collector”. Any resource I could get my hands on, I would either save to my laptop, or print and save it for later. As you can see from the picture above, I have a lot of information that I may use some day! Don’t get me wrong, it is a great idea to collect information to potentially utilize in your business in the future, but this much? Yikes! As I reflect upon why I kept so much stuff, I truly think it was a stalling mechanism. I was afraid to take the leap and start my business, and continually keeping information for some day made me feel better.
As I progressed and started to build my website, I was more dialed in to what I needed to do, and started to do much more “just in time learning“. If I needed some information, I sourced it, and would take action immediately. I felt much more fulfilled moving things forward with those action steps, rather than the inevitable delays that I had been incurring previously.
There is a tremendous amount of information out there as you start or improve your business, but you don’t need all of it. Be selective. I won’t admit how much time I spent copying transcripts from our of my favourite podcasts to my laptop. Much of that information is very helpful, but I did not have to waste all of that time archiving it. I could have just sourced it as I needed it.
“Just in case learning” certainly has its place, but “just in time learning” is where it’s at. If you are confused by the two, ask yourself the simple question,
“Will this information help me take action now, or am I stalling and delaying doing what I really need to do?”
You certainly need some of both, but the feeling of accomplishment moving your business forward is much more rewarding.
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