I’ve been pondering about learning in the past days and thought of my process of learning as early as my college days. Being creative requires a lot of time learning about things in all aspects of art, music, writing, photography, and business innovation.
So I asked myself, what are the building blocks of learning? I did some research and came across Dr. Barbara Oakley, a former US Army with a rank of Captain and the author of the book, “Learning How to Learn.”
Here are some excerpts:
· The brain creates synapses when you learn something new. And sleep helps you and your brain cell regenerate to speed up the learning process.
· Most of the time, we procrastinate when we try to learn about something. The main reason is because of anxiety of learning something new. My personal technique when I procrastinate is the 5-second rule of Mel Robbins. It works for me. Once you start, it will eventually lead to satisfaction.
· Chunking – just like programming which you do the coding per function or method. Chunking is the art of grouping concepts such as chapters that form part of the entire subject.
· Exercise – it is a very effective way to learn better on top of sleep. It helps your brain maintain the neurons that help stimulate learning.
A little over a decade ago, I started a blog, “Create Things Now.” It was all about creating, creating music, photos, animation. I learn something by chunking them into blog posts. One example is a post about writing a song.
The first time I did it, I researched on the practical formula for writing a song. I started off with a title, then lyrics, then chord progression, and melody. Then I researched about recording and mixing, and came across GarageBand, LogicPro, mixing and mastering.
I eventually shutdown my blog for some personal reasons but now that I am back in blogging and business, my experience from my research led me to not hire a sound engineer when recording voiceovers for marketing videos that I produce.
So here’s my practical suggestion as your takeaway:
1. Choose a subject that you want to learn about and that you will use eventually. If you want to impress someone, say a friend who has a piano at home, then learn how to play the piano.
2. Just start. Buy a basic piano or a keyboard, go to YouTube and learn from tutorials. Pick out the songs you like and learn how to play them. Do it in chunks, start with the intro, have a break, then on to the verses.
3. Schedule your learning session once a day, once a week or once a month. It doesn’t matter as long as you stick to it and make it a habit.
I am writing this because of my recent goal to come up with a presentation video about Hilsoft products, hence the photo in this blog. I researched sample videos online, retrieved my old Fuji camera with tripod, set up my mic/GarageBand for the audio, bought a green paper for background graphics (just like in the movies) for later use in editing. Then I chose to set up in our conference room because of good lighting by the window.
Take note, I learned in chunks—set lighting, video editing—from my blog 10 years ago. If I did it, so can you!
Yesterday was the day that I’ve been looking forward to in 3 years. The product is now launched but limited to the free check writer app. Any user can register and use the app to book their disbursements and generate expense reports online.
It is mobile responsive so you can easily book expenses even outside the office. You can assign the preparation of checks to someone and as a small business owner, you can approve it anytime and anywhere. All prepared and approved checks can be printed online even by batches.
Marketing plans are all set and its just a matter of execution. We plan to post teasers of the next app but in the meantime, we will be on standby for any feedback from the users to the initial release.
I can’t wait for your feedback or share with you testimonials from other users.
After years of surviving and growing as an ERP company for SMEs, I am glad to have deployed a product for startups and micro business owners.
This is an innovative tool and will definitely assist them in capturing their transactions so they know how and when to grow the business with the reports that Snap Accounting will generate.
I so love music. It’s probably my 2nd career choice after the software business. There’s so much creativity and innovation that can be done with music and I am so pumped that, with this blog as my medium, I can’t wait to get back into this thing.
I’ve been thinking of a good piece to create in getting back into music and recently, while taking a shower and listening to 90s songs in Spotify, I thought of something.
What if I remake 90s alternative rock songs that I love? Re-arrange it to sound slow chill with my daughter, the new generation, singing it. It’s like getting my sense memories back and modernising it a bit.
My next challenge was how to convince my daughter. Well, it’s not that really hard. She recently asked me to renovate her bedroom and I said yes in exchange for 5 songs.
So I got all my old electric piano and music tools from the closet and tried my first attempt using Apple GarageBand. I posted it in my first ever YouTube channel.
I remember this song when I was in my dorm room in Paco, Manila in college. I can’t wait to watch and listen to this 10, 20 years from now. Good memories.
Categorize your goals into “Having”, “Being” and “Doing”
Group them into timelines. Set which goals are doable in six months buckets.
Establish the cost of having, being and doing the goals.
Define the next steps.
Having – I’d like to have a robot vacuum cleaner. It will cost me roughly P15k outright but no monthly/maintenance cost.
Being – I’d like to be a marathon finisher. Monthly cost for training is not significant.
Doing – Create an epic art work. Cost here is also not significant.
Having – I’d like to have a brand new sedan (specs should be specific but i’d rather not share). Thru financing, this would cost me around P500k initial DP and p60k/month amortization.
Being – I’d like to be an online influencer of innovation.
Doing – Visit Maldives. Rough cost is about P200k
Train marathon daily and follow a systematic program online.
Achieve business sales targets to afford costs above.
Post an art work (music, drawing, writing) every weekend.
Having – a project manager who is expert in orchestrating resources, time and budget.
Being – the top of mind company in its particular industry
Doing – a CSR initiative benefiting group of aspiring programmers.
These past months that we’ve been improving features & functions of our software products at Hilsoft, I fairly think it’s about time to also improve their look, feel and user experience.
We have several products such as ERP, Hospitality, POS, Property Management, HRIS, Payroll and each of them has different layout, theme and look. Since we are doing some minor tweaks in our brand, I opt to standardize or at least employ a unique distinction and consistent look that it’s a Hilsoft product.
So in the past weeks, I’ve been looking for inspiration and curating them for our creative team to develop and implement.
I like the layout. Buttons are not so big and not so small. The icons are the best thing I love about this UI.
This one is kinda trying a new approach of encoding on fields. It goes to the next field after each field the user encodes. Cool and unorthodox. The only concern here is you won’t be able to see a preview of all info the user entered until the last page.
Multi-colors are a trend now. I kinda like this except for the icons.
This is another approach to multi-color but I like this better than the earlier. Multi-colors are isolated at the top, then just a minimal approach after.
We have a POS product and this one is interesting. I can go with this, just a little tweak on the color scheme.