For this latest Level-Up mini challenge, let's boost creativity and learning. The Back to School season is the ideal moment to pick up new activities, try something new, learn a skill, dabble in new horizons. Mainly because many activities start again in September, and some of them even offer trial sessions. Let's get out of this comfort zone of ours together.
The mini-challenge is very simple: it's about picking a new activity to start this September, based on your preferences, skills, going back to something you used to do and enjoy, or explore completely new horizons.
- 1. Pick up one or several activities and topics you may be interested in learning more about/doing more.
- 2. Ask Google: What is available in your area? Some activities (like Coursera MOOCs) are completely online so, as long as you have a computer and internet connection, you can register from wherever you want. Others may be associations, gyms, personal teachers...
- 3. According to your budget and time, select a few things you'd like to at least give a shot to: trial lessons, open courses, a one-off price as a trial before registering for the year...
- 4. After you have actually gone to or tried a couple of different things, select which one(s) you'd like to dedicate time (and money if not free) to
- 5. Add it to your schedule and register! Congratulations, you've added a new skill learning or creative activity to your life.
Here are some ideas on where to start: online courses (Coursera for example), online lessons and webinars (most famous bloggers offer some of these), register to creative classes such as: painting, drawing, theatre, musical instrument or singing... Or register to sports classes such as combat sports, yoga, dancing... Or register to specific lessons like cooking, wine tasting, photography...
My own challenge: This September, I am renewing my violin lessons of course, but as new exploration I have been to a first Yoga lesson this week (which I loved and will become a weekly affair), and registered to the Coursera MOOC called "Creative Problem Solving", which promises to be very interesting to step out of my comfort zone and standard way of thinking - out of the Watson system and closer to the Holmes system, as Maria Konnikova would say in Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes.
What do you think about this Level-Up mini challenge de saison? Are you trying anything new this year? Any resolutions? I'd love to hear about your creative growth :)